Dr Nichola Street

Job Title and Responsibilities


  • Teaching and Research

  • Visiting speaker series

  • Public Engagement

About Me

I received my BSc in Applied Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 and went on to complete my PG cert in counselling and psychotherapy at the same institute in 2010. Following my passion for research I began my PhD studies at Aberystwyth University in 2010 before transferring to the University of Liverpool in 2012 where I went on to completed my PhD thesis ‘What have Fractals got to do with it? Individual Differences in Aesthetic experience’ supervised by Dr Alex Forsythe. Alongside my studies I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Salford with Dr Sarah Norgate (lead) on an EPSRC Digital Economy/ Energy 6th Sense Transport research in collaboration with Lancaster University and 3 other UK universities investigating travel behaviour. Our focus was the concept of 'Walking School Buses' and exploring how to reduce barriers to uptake with the support of a smartphone application ‘goWSB’. Most recently I worked as a lecturer at University of Liverpool acting as module coordinator for the international psychology module. I joined Staffordshire University in August 2015 as a lecturer in psychology.


  • PhD ‘What have Fractals got to do with it? Individual differences in Aesthetic Experience.’ University of Liverpool (corrections confirmation pending)

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • PG Cert Counselling & Psychotherapy

  • BSc Applied Psychology

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • British Psychological Society

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Psycho-aesthetics, Culture & Environment.

Research Interests

I have recently completed my PhD thesis exploring visual aesthetic relationships to fractals and natural patterns across cultures and sub-groups (for example rural and urban populations). My interest is focused on exploring how environmental factors (such as nature, art, beauty and/or individual experience) can influence behaviour and psychological wellbeing. I also have a passion for interdisciplinary working and encouraging public engagement with research and aim to continue moving these areas forward in the future.

Selected Publications

Papers in Revision:

Forsythe, A., Street, N (in revision) Revisiting Rossion & Pourtois; new ratings for complexity, familiarity, beauty and encounter. Behavioural Research Methods.

Papers in Preparation: 
Street, N. Riley, R., Helmy, M., Forythe, A., Taylor, R. (In Preparation) The beautiful complexity of Nature: Fractal Dimension and Culture in Aesthetic Experience. Abstract accepted to Aesthetic response Call, paper in preparation Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Bode, C., Street, N., Helmy, M., Bertamini, M., Forsythe, A. (In Preparation) Culture, Complexity and Aesthetic judgment: Revisiting Birkhoff, Eysenck, Souief.

Street, N. Riley, R., Helmy, M., Forythe, A., Taylor, R. (In Preparation) Environmental experience and the beauty of nature: A cross-cultural study exploring urban and rural differences in preference for fractal complexity. 

Conference Talks:

Downes, J & Street, N (2015) Written feedback; the good, the bad and useful. Teaching and Learning Conference, 2nd July 2015, University of Liverpool.

Street, N., Riley, R., Forsythe, A., Helmy, M., & Taylor, R. (2015) The beautiful complexity of nature: Using fractals to explore our connection to the natural world. Nature Connections 2015, 26th March 2015, University of Derby.

Norgate, S., Street, N., Smith, L., Winstanley, C., Davies, N., Hardings, M., Cherrett, T., Dickenson, J. & Speed, C. (2014) Smart Mobility for Reducing School Gate Congestion in Europe: Innovating Smartphone Walking School Buses for Children of Primary Age, The 3rd International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies. SMART 2014 July 20-24 2014, Paris, France.

Jones, N., Forsythe, A. (2014) Experiences of Natural Beauty: A Universal Response or Shaped by our Visual Experience? 28th Annual PsyPAG Conference- Lancaster University.

Invited talks:

Street, N. Art and Cognition: Aesthetics and its applications. Invited Guest Lecture at Salford University (Nov, 2014 & Feb, 2014)

Current Teaching


I am co-module leader for Psychological Interventions. I supervise undergraduate projects at level 6.

I also contribute to the following modules:

  • Foundations in Psychology

  • Understanding the Social World

  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology

  • Perspectives in Psychology

  • Introduction to Research Methods


Nichola Street
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning in Psychology)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294672
e: nichola.street@staffs.ac.uk