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From Synapses to Society: Psychology in a Multi-cultural World Research Track


Research Track 3 aims at maintaining excellence in conducting, publishing and communicating research in a number of research fields, ranging from Computational Neuroscience to Social Psychology.  

Research Expertise

Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology

  • Cognitive interventions
  • Cognitive neuroscience of attention
  • Emotional processing
  • Executive functions and memory in brain-damaged patients

Computational Neuroscience & Robotics

  • Assistive robots
  • Computational models and brain functioning
  • Robotics and fundamental principles of neural processing

Systems Neuroscience

  • Neuroimaging
  • EEG and ERP approaches
  • In vivo preclinical physiology
  • Psychopharmacology

Developmental Psychology

  • Typical and atypical development
  • Interventions for improvement of spatial reasoning
  • Health and diabetes education

Social and Health Psychology

  • Prejudice and social Integration
  • Identity and health
  • Aging and sport
  • Quality of life in chronically-ill and healthy populations
  • Psychology of substance use and addictive behaviours
  • Smoking prevention
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Improved diet and exercise participation

Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  • Clinical health psychology
  • Continuum of cognitive processes
  • Cognitive rehabilitation in brain-damaged patients
  • Effectiveness of counselling
  • Intellectual & developmental disabilities
  • Psychological therapies
  • Training needs in counselling

Main Research Themes

Although Research Track 3 welcomes collaborations in a variety of expertise, it focuses on specific main research themes. The aim is to establish a clear research identity in the following themes by producing research and creating research collaborations in the following:  

  • Aging
  • Social integration
  • Health behaviours
  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive development
  • Psychological therapies
  • Computational neuroscience & robotics
  • Systems neuroscience

Research Clusters

Research Projects


    Enhancing PROtection of Children – vicTims of crime
    Duration: 02/10/2017 - 01/10/2019
    Budget: 92.683 €
    Funding: EU DG Justice

    Advancing the Third Sector through Innovation and Variation
    Duration: 01/10/2016 - 30/09/2019
    Budget: 31.930 €
    Funding: ERASMUS+
  • HELPcare

    Health and socialcare workers: Employability Learning and Professionalisation
    Duration: 01/01/2015 - 30/12/2017
    Budget: 51.846 €
    Funding: Erasmus+

    Duration: 01/10/2014 - 30/09/2016
    Budget: 30.000 €
    Funding: Erasmus+
  • PrESS

    Promoting Sustainable SMEs
    Duration: 30/09/2013 - 30/09/2015
    Budget: 120.152 €
    Funding: LLL

    Breaking Down Barriers to Enterprise
    Duration: 31/12/2012 - 30/12/2015
    Budget: 63.237 €
    Funding: Leonardo da Vinci: Multilateral projects for developing of innovation
  • English in Europe: Opportunity or Threat?

    Duration: 02/01/2012 - 30/06/2014
    Budget: 15.000 €
    Funding: Funded by The Leverhulme Trust
  • ELIE

    Employability: Learning through International Entrepreneurship
    Duration: 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2012
    Budget: 46.784 €
    Funding: Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), European Commission
  • LRE

    Language Rich Europe
    Duration: 28/02/2010 - 27/02/2013
    Budget: 16.000 €
    Funding: Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), European Commission

    Developing a good practice guide and training manual for young people's participation in research, policy and practice developments to prevent and combat violence
    Duration: 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2010
    Budget: 75.610 €
    Funding: DAPHNE III programme, DG Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission (Contract number: JLS/2007/DAP-1/212)
  • SPiB

    Smoking Prevention in the Balkans
    Duration: 01/10/2007 - 30/09/2010
    Budget: 22.000 €
    Funding: Cancer Research UK - Tobacco Advisory Group (TAG)

Research Track Leaders

  • Prof Ana Vivas, CITY College, University of York Europe Campus, Department of Psychology

Research Track Members

Research Track Publications

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