About our research

An overview of our world-leading research in psychology

  • Psychology at Edinburgh brings together world-class researchers approaching the scientific study of mind and behaviour through a range of topics - from language development to dementia, personality to paranormal beliefs.
  • Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading research, and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in terms of its reach and significance (REF 2014).

  • The department benefits from a vibrant postgraduate community and strong interdisciplinary links with colleagues in medicine, informatics, linguistics, education, biology, and public health.

Read our blog or listen to our podcast to find out what psychology researchers and other academics at the School of PPLS have been researching:

Postdoctoral fellowships

And if you’re interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship in the department you can find more information here:

Research areas

Browse our research specialisms by theme

Research highlights

A selection of current and recent research projects in psychology

Research centres and units

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre; Koestler Parapsychology Unit; Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society

Impact and public engagement

We produce world-class research with many applications relevant to individuals and society

Research seminars and reading groups

Regular meetings to discuss research, books, and papers

Labs and facilities

Access a wide range of world class equipment

Take part in research

Contribute to our research by taking part in an experiment

PPLS Academic visitors

We welcome applications from academic staff based in overseas institutions wishing to visit the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences (PPLS)