Psychology Research Group

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The Department of Psychology is a thriving research community with two main strengths:

Cognitive science

Health and wellbeing

Research is supported by laboratories with state of the art equipment, including mobile and static eye tracking, virtual reality environments, EEG and access for fMRI. The Department’s rapidly developing doctoral research programme now numbers 32 PhD students working alongside academics in each of our laboratories.

Follow us on Twitter on @Bournemouth_Psy.

Psychology Volunteers Scheme

The department runs the BU Psychology Volunteer Scheme, which enables people to take part in psychology research studies. If you are interested in this please see our volunteer scheme Facebook page or follow us on Twitter on @BU_PVS. New members can sign up to the volunteer scheme by emailing or phoning Martin Tomkins: 01202 961184.​

If you have suggestions for future psychology Volunteers’ events or newsletters please get in touch with Dr Emily Arden-Close Information about past studies can be found in our Psychology Volunteer Scheme Newsletter.

Psychology Volunteers Newsletter Issue 2

Psychology Volunteers Newsletter Issue 3

Psychology Volunteers Newsletter Issue 4



Latest news from Psychology Research Group:

  • Omega-3 oils for depression in adults

    A new systematic review, published in the Cochrane Library, finds insufficient high quality evidence to determine the effects of n-3PUFAs as a treatment for major depressive disorder. The review, led by... »

  • BU lecturer’s comments picked up in British media

    British people are stuck in their ways at just 25, according to a new study endorsed by a Bournemouth University lecturer. Dr Samuel Nyman agrees with research which found that... »

  • Psychology research successes

    The Department of Psychology has had a number of research successes over recent months. Research activity funding Dr Sarah Muir has been awarded a NIHR grant to work with Solent... »

  • New Study Challenges Current Thinking on How Attention Changes with Social Context

    A new Bournemouth University study, in collaboration with University of Portsmouth, has challenged conventional thinking that people’s attention is readily captured by other people’s faces above all other objects. The... »