Cognitive Psychology Research Group

What We Do

The Cognitive Research Group is a collection of researchers at the University of Lincoln, who undertake research on a broad range of perceptual and higher cognitive functions by combining different methods such as eye tracking, electroencephalogram (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), physiological measurements (skin conductance response; heart rate variability) and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). Core research topics include Face perception (e.g., face recognition, face learning, social information conveyed in faces, and the use of automatic face recognition technology); Neural plasticity (e.g., neural changes after visual sensory deprivation and enriched environments); Technologies to improve perceptual functions and to support person-centred care in residential care (e.g., video games such as Eyelander and Cognitive Daisy); sleep (e.g., the role of REM sleep in directed forgetting of emotional words); human-dog emotion communication (e.g., to investigate emotional expression and perception in dogs, human-animal interaction); visual attention and process in human social cognition (e.g., how affective visual cues are processed in the brain).

Research Themes and Sustainable Development Goals

Our research is embedded in the following University research themes, a unique set of areas that key into our goals as a civic university undertaking internationally significant research with local relevance, and as researchers engaged in the pursuit of excellence. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals badges represent our research and collaborations in terms of their contribution to the issues the world faces today and into the future.

Student doing a cognition experiment Measuring cortisol levels in lab

Masters Modules

Tim's Modules:

PSY9221M Research Methods in Perception and Cognition

PSY9226M From the lab to the world: Psychology Research in Practice

Tim is also the leader for the Masters in Psychological Research Methods programme as an opportunity for students to do research work with members of the cognition research group.

Robin's Module:

PSY9247M Evolution and Human Social Behaviour

Julia's Module:

PSY9249M Brain Behaviour and Lifespan Development

Connect with Us‌

School of Psychology, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1522 882000  |  Email: