University of Reading

University of Reading


Research areas include: language and cognition:this research in language development and understanding in infants and children, bilingualism, neuro-linguistics, and healthy and impaired language comprehension and speech in young and older adults; social cognition (group processes, stereotypes, implementation intentions), cognition and emotion, memory, executive processes and reasoning; nutrition and health:this work is concerned with the complex interplay between dietary intake and measures of psychological wellbeing such as cognitive performance, food preference, mood and quality of life. The group employs a wide range of techniques (e.g. neuroimaging, survey methods, randomised controlled trials) and population groups (e.g. infants, older adults, patients with mild cognitive impairment) to explore these issues. The overall objective is to inform policy and the design of interventions for the benefit of the gengeral public in terms of encouraging adaptive behaviours such as healthy eating and effective weight regulation; perception and action: This includes investigations of how sensory information is used for controlling action, both in health and in disease. We use state-of-the-art facilities for 2D and 3D displays using visual, auditory and tactile stimuli, virtual reality, movement capture, movement analysis, and electrophysiological recordings. These facilities allow us to present stimuli, record movements, and to manipulate stimuli in response to changes in the observer's movements. This enables us to investigate complex real-world behaviours such as driving, walking, reaching and grasping objects and looking at works of art; psychopathology and affective neuroscience:this work is concerned with psychological and biological approaches to the study of emotion-relevant processes in clinical and non-clinical populations across the lifespan. Strengths include: emotional developments and the development of psychopathology; treatment of psychopathology; emotion regulation; brain, bodily and genetic mechanisms underlying (social) cognition and emotion. The group has a very active clinical research programme, dedicated to advancing undertanding of and developing evaluating treatments for depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders and autism in children and adults.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in psychology or a related area; a research proposal that is technically feasible and theoretically sound.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years
MPhil Part-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

Key information

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0118 378 5289