Surrey Psychology Blog

The blog of the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey

New grant: Ethical behaviours and preventing ‘wrong doing’ in the police

  Is policing as ethical as it could be?This is the broad question raised by a number of high profile cases and incidents, including the Leveson Enquiry and the Hillsborough Independent Panel. The question is clearly a complex one, and Dr Almuth McDowall is leading to investigate relevant evidence funded by a grant from the College of […]

Current Student Profile: Claire Saunders, Professional Training Year

This is the first in a new series of profiles of current students, alumni and staff in the School of Psychology at Surrey. Watch this space for more profiles over the coming months! Name: Claire Saunders Course:BSc Psychology Placement:Resourcer, Blue Tree Recruits   Tell us a bit about your placement organisation…    I chose Surrey […]

ILLUME Research Development Workshop

Are two (different) heads really better than one when it comes to generating ideas? In other words, does multi-disciplinary working enhance creativity? And if so, when and for which types of collaborations? Today a research development workshop run by the ILLUME research centre aimed to explore these types of issues from a research perspective. The […]

New Paper: Is It What You Do, Or When You Do It?

A new paper has just been published in the journal ‘Cognitive Science’ by Dr Caroline Catmur (co-authored with Professor Cecilia Heyes from the University of Oxford), entitled: ‘Is It What You Do, or When You Do It? The Roles of Contingency and Similarity in Pro-Social Effects of Imitation’. A summary of the paper was kindly provided for […]

Electricity use at university desks

This intriguing looking gadget was the basis for a study just published by the Environmental Psychology Research Group in Energy Policy ( With colleagues in the Centre for Communications Systems Research, they conducted a 16-week field trial, measuring electricity use at desks and providing individual feedback to workers at the desks. The headline findings were that […]

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