Research in psychology at York St John University combines a focus on core sub-fields of the discipline with cutting-edge developments in new and emerging areas.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over 50% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research was rated as 100% world leading or internationally excellent.
Research in psychology is organised around four areas:
In addition, psychology staff members contribute to the following cross-disciplinary research groupings:
All our research is underpinned by a commitment to ethical practice. Learn more about research ethics.
Staff research interests
The role of media, social media and technology in the lives of adolescents and young adults.
The ‘dark triad’ personality traits and their relationship with sexual behaviour.
The cognitive processes required for episodic future thinking.
The use of head-mounted visual displays to experience immersive virtual environments (aka virtual reality).
The development of innovative tool use in children.
The construction of facts and values in political discourse.
Mate preference and parental care behaviour, aggression, and individual factors involved in true and false confessions.
Cognition and emotion; Teaching brief motivational interviewing.
The relationship between anxiety and cognition, and the neuropsychological correlates of substance use and abuse.
Citizenship, welfare and national identity; representations of peace and conflict; dis/obedience.
The development of language, literacy and numeracy in typically developing and clinical populations.
Techniques that can be used to aid children’s event memory recall.
Psychological and neural mechanisms supporting grammar learning and use in adults and children.
Peer relationships in children and adolescents; the nature and prevalence of bullying in schools.
Neurocognitive functioning and mental health.
Existential psychotherapy; group therapy; acceptance- and compassion-based CBT.
Normal and disordered language processing; cognitive and neurobiological influences on phonological function.
How observable individual differences (such as facial features or body size) act as drivers of social decision-making and perception.
The roots and causes of violence against women, and its relation to sexualities and experiences of embodiment.
Psychometrics, kinaesthesia, emotional intelligence, mental toughness, advanced statistical modelling, and executive function in sports.
Social psychology and social citizenship (PhD; supervisors: Stephen Gibson & Zahra Tizro)
The role of socio-economic status and text exposure in comprehending and producing complex sentences (PhD; supervisors: Jelena Mirkovic & Lorna Hamilton)
The gendered nature of ‘banal capitalism’: The construction of gender and employment in online environments (MSc; supervisors: Stephen Gibson & Beth Bell)
Fact construction in media debates concerning the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union (MSc; supervisors: Stephen Gibson & Mirko Demasi).
Self-harm communities on social networking sites (PhD; supervisors: Stephen Gibson & Beth Bell)