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.
Research activities of our vibrant team of staff and postgraduate researchers are organised into the following four areas:
In addition, psychology staff members contribute to the following cross-disciplinary research groupings:
Staff research interests
The role of media, social media and technology in the lives of adolescents and young adults.
The use of visual imagery in Attachment Focused EMDR therapy.
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.
Socio-cognitive development and imagination, specifically imaginary companions
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.
The development of language, literacy and numeracy in typically developing and clinical populations.
Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis of everyday talk-in-interaction.
Parent-child interaction, developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology.
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.
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.
Psychometrics, kinaesthesia, emotional intelligence, mental toughness, advanced statistical modelling, and executive function in sports.