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We have 77 Psychology (self) PhD Research Projects

To increase understanding of the health benefits of self-compassion in the context of chronic illness and other long-term health conditions

Current theory indicates that the self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness components of self-compassion can foster adaptive responses to the perceived setbacks and shortcomings that people experience in the context of living with a chronic illness. Read more

Self-organisation as a theory of brain development

Self-organisation is a general theory of how function is assigned to cortical microcircuits. The theory predicts that a balance between cooperative and competitive interactions in local cortical circuits, consolidated by Hebbian learning, results in similar inputs being represented by nearby neurons. Read more

Self -funded MRes – What helps older people with dementia continue with their home-based Tai Chi exercise programme?

About this self-funded MRes project. Statistically analyse a dataset from a randomised controlled feasibility trial where older people with dementia and their family carers participated in a Tai Chi exercise programme. Read more

Paranoia and trust - examining the role of automatic, implicit processes in mistrust and paranoid thinking

Abstract. Paranoid delusions are the most common symptom of psychosis but less severe forms of paranoid ideation and mistrust are common in everyday life and lie on a continuum with the rarer clinical forms (Elahi, Perez Algorta, Varese, McIntyre, & Bentall, 2017). Read more

The synthetic littermate project: How do natural experiences shape the functional organisation of the developing brain?

How do natural experiences shape the functional organisation of the developing brain? To address this question directly, we have been developing a novel robotic technology - the synthetic littermate (or ’surrogate’). Read more

Using psychology to improve sleep

Sleep underpins many of the functions necessary for everyday living (Hafner, Stepanek, Taylor, Troxel & van Stolk, 2017). However, increasing economic and social demands mean that we are rapidly evolving into a 24-hour society (Rajaratnam and Arendt, 2001). Read more

Examining the extent to which planning moderates intention-behaviour relations for various health-related behaviours

Intention is the most proximal determinant of future behaviour in many models of health behaviour. However, there is a less-than-perfect relationship between people’s intention and their behaviour – the “intention-behaviour gap”. Read more

Habit and health behaviour: to examine the impact of habit strength on a range of health-related behaviours

Past behaviour is typically found to be the strongest predictor of future behaviour. When this occurs it is usually taken to reflect the operation of habits – i.e., learned sequences of acts that have become automatic responses to specific cues. Read more

Predictors of sibling violence

Sibling violence has been documented to be one of the most widespread forms of childhood violence. Research also indicates that experience of sibling victimisation can result in poor mental health, low self-esteem, delinquency, aggression, and substance abuse. Read more

Using Brain Computer Interface to Improve Cognitive Performance

Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a non-invasive technique commonly used to measure brain activity. In this project, we aim at using EEG Biofeedback (brain-computer interface (BCI)) for improving cognitive performance (e.g. Read more

Mitigating the impact of service failure in the home sharing market through recovery innovation and customer reconciliation

The hospitality industry is prone to service failures due to the high level of customer-employee contact (Mody et al., 2020). Successful recovery from service transgression is therefore critical to maintain customer trust and loyalty (Borah et al., 2020). Read more

Psychosocial mechanisms underlying the rise in depression during puberty

Rationale. Depression is a leading contributor to disease burden in young people with devastating effects on social functioning, academic achievement and increased risks of substance abuse, self-harm and suicidal behaviour. Read more

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