Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Researchers in cognitive psychology primarily study the internal processes or mechanisms involved in basic behaviour, which can include perception, attention, memory, language processing, and decision-making.  By its nature cognitive psychology is diverse and multidisciplinary, and includes experimental psychological techniques, psychophysics, eye movement recording, comparative (cross-species) studies, neuropsychology (the study of specialised or patient populations), individual differences, developmental psychology, virtual reality, computational modelling, and electrophysiology.  Because of the multidisciplinary nature of cognitive psychology, a continuing and overarching goal of the group is the integration of research objectives and techniques through collaborations within and outside the University of Leicester. 


Specialist research areas within this group include:


Judgment, decision making and social processes:

The study of judgment and decision making in model systems and in everyday situations, including in the workplace, and the impact of individual differences and social contexts on these processes.


Memory, attention and spatial cognition:

Research into neuropsychological and electrophysiological aspects of spatial learning, memory and attention with the use of comparative and developmental approaches, eye movement recording, and virtual reality. 


Vision and Language:

The study of key issues in vision, visual cognition and language comprehension, with techniques including psychophysics, electrophysiology, neuropsychology, computational modelling, and eye movement recording.



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