We conduct research into the fundamental processes behind human cognition, including reading, language comprehension, learning and long-term memory, working-memory, and visual attention. As well as its academic significance, our work has real-world impact, from informing educational practice to helping to tackle misunderstanding about climate science. To explore cognitive processes, we have the capacity to use state of the art technology in our dedicated research laboratories, such as high-resolution eye-tracking, EEG, and virtual reality. Members of our research group actively collaborate across the other research groups within the department, to understand the cognitive processes within social, developmental, and neuroscientific contexts.
The latest news from our research group
ESRC New Investigator Award
Congratulations to Dr Amy Atkinson who was awarded an ESRC New Investigator grant. The grant will use existing data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) to investigate the relationship between working memory in children and adults and various real-world outcomes (e.g. academic achievement, employment outcomes).
Award for Research Impact
Professor Kate Cain has been awarded the Staff Award in the Research Impact category for her outstanding work on reading and listening comprehension which has informed public policy and national and international practice in the teaching of reading and diagnosis and remediation of reading disorders.
Dr Tom Beesley has been awarded an ESRC research grant: “Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns: Coping with Different States of Uncertainty in a Changing World”. This project will focus on how different uncertain situations affect learning and the way attention is distributed to information in the environment.