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Psychology

Our impact

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top research universities, ranking 11th for the volume of its high quality research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The REF rated 84 per cent of Southampton’s overall research activity as world-leading and internationally excellent.

Psychology has performed well in specific Units of Assessment in the REF with 100% of our activity rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality for both the impact of our research and the research environment that we offer.

Psychology at Southampton has a tradition of world-class research. Our academics work at the forefront of their fields, committed to the highest-quality scientific investigation on a range of social, educational and health-related issues that together make a real impact. Below we feature examples of ways in which our research is changing the world for the better and impacting on the lives of people in the UK and around the globe.

Dizziness and balance disorders
Dizziness and balance disorders

Balance retraining

People around the world suffering from dizziness and balance disorders can alleviate their symptoms with a self-management booklet of simple exercises that has been developed by a health psychologist at the University of Southampton.

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Food additives

Food additives and behaviour in children

Research by psychologists at the University of Southampton into the effect of food additives on children's behaviour has led to major UK and European changes in food processing and labelling.

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Lighthouse
Safe and effective mental health services

Hope, Agency & Opportunity measure of Recovery

The development of safe and effective mental health services is an international priority.

Psychologists at the University of Southampton have worked with NHS clinicians and people with direct experience of mental ill-health to develop a measure that can be used to support individuals' recovery and assess service level outcomes.

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Improving security at airports and in war zones
Improving security at airports and in war zones

Improving security checks at airports and war zones

Research by psychologists at the University of Southampton could help improve the effectiveness of airport security searches and searching for hidden bombs in war zones such as Afghanistan.

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Improving quality of life for children with ADHD
Improving quality of life for children with ADHD

Improving the quality of life for children with ADHD

 The quality of life for pre-school children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families is being improved thanks to research being led by psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses at the University of Southampton.

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