Psychology Simulation Facilities

Simulation equipment is available throughout the psychology laboratory areas and available as stand-alone resources for facilitating research and teaching applications.

Simulation allows for convenient creation of environments and conditions that would otherwise not be possible to create in real life. Through the integration of a combination of equipment and software we can run scenarios and applications which align with experimental hypothesis and learning outcomes.

Our provision of Samsung Gear VR equipment provides flexible use of virtual reality within teaching and research and can easily be integrated for applications within the laboratory areas. Our HTC VIVE systems provide a comprehensive array of VR applications and can also be deployed with eye tracking functionality.

Our driving simulator hosts research standard software (Open DS) enabling the manipulation of driving scenarios for the recording of trial dependent variables, such as reaction times to hazards and steering performance. The driving simulator is used for; hazard perception, distraction, and performance assessment, assessing the impact on cognitive load within a multitask environment, and for the recording and monitoring of physiological changes during driving competition.


  • Virtual Reality (HTC VIVE, Samsung Gear)
  • Driving Simulator
  • Neurosensory Analyser (TSA11)
  • Simulation Goggles × 4

Driving Simulator

Thermal Pain Simulation

VR Experience


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in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021