Research Methods and Cognitive Psychology



Students will be given the opportunity to be involved in cognitive psychology research. With the help of keynote sessions from academic staff, students will work in small groups in order to collaborate on a study investigating cognitive functions (e.g. memory, attention, facial recognition). Towards the end of the visit, students will interpret and evaluate the outcomes of the research, considering how this might lead to future work.

Throughout the day, students will experience the research process first-hand and engage with a variety of specialist psychology resources and equipment. They will develop their research skills, including analytical thinking and critical evaluation, as well as furthering their knowledge of research methods and psychology equipment.

In the summary, discussions will evolve around how psychology underpins everyday life and students will be introduced to the wide range of roles and career options that are available to psychology graduates.

Key facts

On campus
Full day
Key Stage
Key Stage 5
Gatsby benchmarks
7. Encounters with further and higher education
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

Example programme

9:30 to 10.30 – Welcome and keynote talks

Welcome, introduction, and keynote talks from academics 

10.30 to 11.45 – Conducting research, and exploring the psychology equipment

11.45 to 12.30 – Lunch (Students and Staff to bring own lunch) 

12.30 to 1:00 – Interpreting the results 

Students will look through the results of the morning’s research, and consider the outcomes 

1.00 to 2.00 – Considerations for future research, and careers in psychology  

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