Nichola Street

Senior Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in August 2015. 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 this I received my PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2015 with a thesis titled 'What have Fractals got to do with it? Individual Differences in Aesthetic experience' supervised by Dr Alex Forsythe.

Before joining Staffordshire, I worked as a Lecturer teaching Psychology at University of Liverpool and Salford University. I was also employed as a Research Fellow investigating travel behaviour and technology acceptance and had experience as Qualtity assurance monitor for Psychology online (Psychology) programs at University of Liverpool.

Professional memberships and activities

  • British Psychological Society

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

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

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • PG Cert Counselling & Psychotherapy

  • BSc Applied Psychology


Psychology or Art & Aesthetics, Environmental Psychology and Individual Differences.

Research interests

My research interests are mainly within the realm of environmental psychology and impact of visual beauty, such as art or interior/exterior spaces. I’m mainly interested in the way the physical spaces in which we spend time shape our wellbeing and behaviour, for example could the art on the walls change someone’s mood or behaviour? I think it’s important to consider physical spaces from a psychological point of view and explore the impact that these environments can have on the way we think and feel. I completed my PhD thesis in 2015 which explored visual aesthetic relationships to fractals/natural patterns across cultures and sub-groups (for example rural and urban populations) and have an ongoing interest for psychology of Individual Differences.

More widely I have a passion for interdisciplinary working and have successful track record of working with Artists and other people from non-academic backgrounds to combine research and real-world impact. I am also particularly interested in engaging public engagement with research and aim to continue moving these areas forward in the future.


I am course leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling course. I am also module leader for the level 5 Understanding the Social World and I supervise MSc and undergraduate projects.

At Undergraduate level I contribute to the following modules:

  • Foundations in Psychology

  • Perspectives in Psychology

  • People Behaving Badly

  • Core Counselling Skills

  • Understanding the Social World

  • Voluntary Work Experience: Applications of Psychology

  • Research Assistantship

  • Psychology Project

  • Psychological Interventions


Street, N., (2018) ‘Taking to Twitter’: How do students talk about feedback on Twitter? Narrated Poster. Innovative Practice in Higher Education.3;(2)

Street, N., Hurst, G., & Ware, M. (2017) Reflecting Nature: Can we amplify the power of nature through Art? Nature Connections Conference 2017, 27th March 2017, University of Derby.

Forsythe, A., Street, N & Helmy, M (2016) Revisiting Rossion & Pourtois; new ratings for complexity, familiarity, beauty and encounter. Behavioural Research Methods

Street, N., Forsythe, A. M., Reilly, R., Taylor, R., & Helmy, M. S. (2016). A complex story: Universal preference vs. individual differences shaping aesthetic response to fractals patterns. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 10.

Street, N. (2016) When Art and Psychology Collide. Haiku Deck Presentation, BPS Annual Conference 26th April 2016.

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 Conference 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.

Papers in Preparation:

Street, N., Forsythe, A. M., Reilly, R., Taylor, R., Boydston, C., & Helmy, M. S. (2019). Indivdiual Differences and the Beauty of Nature: A Cross-Cultural Study Exploring Urban and Rural Differences in Preference for Fractal Complexity. Under Review

Street, N., Hurst, G., & Ware, M. (projected 2019) Amplification or Bust: Exploring the impact of exposure to Natural, Urban or Artistic images on Mood and stress recovery responses.. Journal TBC.

Street, N., Hurst, G., & Ware, M. (projected 2019) Each to their own: Individual Difference in Aesthetic response to research-informed Artwork. Journal TBC.

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