School of Psychology News & events

Breaking into the golden triangle

18 December 2014

Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience ranked in UK’s top three for world-leading research.

Can You Really Trust the Health News You Read Online?

15 December 2014

A new study by Professor Petroc Sumner published in The BMJ shows that you can’t always trust what conclusions news stories draw about the latest research. [Time] [Independent] [National Geographic] [Guardian]

Britain on course for warmest year ever...and climate change is to blame

03 December 2014

Professor Nick Pidgeon comments on findings from the Met Office that Britain has experienced the warmest year on record. (The Telegraph, 03.121.14)

What we did in the woods: the first Midwich Experiment

27 November 2014

Dave McGonigle worked with drama specialists to make environments based on the Midwich of the film, in which students engaged in the fundamentals and ethics of neuroscience - read more.

Heat of climate debate will rise as private sector moves in

25 November 2014

Research by Professor Nick Pidgeon and Dr Adam Corner into public perceptions of climate change, is mentioned in an article about geoengineering as a large-scale technological intervention to counteract the effects of climate change (Financial Times, 25/11/14, p.11).

Can you eat yourself happy?

25 November 2014

Professor Andrew Smith, School of Psychology, comments in an article asking, ‘Can you eat yourself happy?’ (The Guardian Online, Life & Style, 24/11/14).

FIRE Magazine/Gore Research Excellence Award 2014

17 November 2014

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton (Honorary Research Associate in the School) won the 2014 FIRE Magazine/Gore Research Excellence Prize for her work on the psychology of decision making at operational incidents in the UK Fire and Rescue Service.

Public Perceptions of Ocean Acidification

13 November 2014

Summary findings of two nationally representative surveys of the British public, October 2014.

New flagship imaging centre (CUBRIC)

28 October 2014

Construction begins on £44M on a state-of-the-art research centre at Cardiff University, set to become one of Europe’s top facilities for brain imaging.

Recognition of Service Awards 2014

28 October 2014

Congratulations to Heidi Bleach on achieving the milestone of 25 years service at Cardiff University.

Live Well, Work Well

13 October 2014

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Live Well, Work Well travel challenge - your efforts paid off as Psychology was the team winner for Cardiff University!

‘Sense of Energy’ Exhibition at Cardiff Bay

25 September 2014

School of Psychology, jointly with the School of Social Sciences, holds its ‘Sense of Energy’ Exhibition at the Welsh Assembly Senedd Building in Cardiff Bay, which is open to all from 10am-4:30 pm on 30th September, and the 1st and 2nd of October. 

CASCADe Project Meeting at Cardiff University 15th and 16th September

16 September 2014

On the 15th and 16th September the School of Psychology hosted the latest meeting of the FP7 CASCADEe  project (Cooperative and Adative Ship-based Context Aware Design project).

Flower Power

01 September 2014

Why plants in the office make us more productive

Psychiatric disorder prevalence among homeless

29 July 2014

Need for improved uptake of long-term treatment services.


17 July 2014

The school Graduation took place in the Tower Building, Park Place on 17th July 2014.

Climate change Professor honoured with MBE

16 June 2014

Professor Nick Pidgeon makes the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to climate change awareness.

The new School courtyard garden

12 June 2014

A group of enthusiastic PhD students has been busy developing a courtyard garden.

Green impact silver award

14 May 2014

The School has been awarded a 'Green Impact Silver Award'.

Improving mental health services for homeless people

25 April 2014

Technology Strategy Board rates Cardiff Knowledge Transfer Partnership as ‘outstanding’

Green behaviour

04 April 2014

Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh from the School of Psychology is leading an international team tasked examining whether taking up a new green behaviour - such as recycling - can spill over to other green behaviour. (SW Echo, 03/04/14, p32 and 04.04.14)

Psychology could hold the key to tackling climate change

01 April 2014

€1.5M project to explore whether the ‘spillover effect’ can achieve a revolution in green behaviour

Wales Autism Research Centre

31 March 2014

Dr Catherine Jones, a lecturer in psychology at Cardiff University writes about her work with the Wales Autism Research Centre, also based at the University. (Western Mail, 31/03/14, p25)

Energy price freeze

26 March 2014

Research by Professor Nick Pidgeon, School of Psychology, is cited in an article responding to the announcement of an energy price freeze (, 26.04.2014)

Brain Games

12 March 2014

Event returns for another year

BPS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology 2013

05 March 2014

Andreas Jarvstad was awarded the annual award to recognise outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge by postgraduate research students whilst carrying out research for their doctoral degrees in psychology.

Top 50 in QS rankings

27 Feb 2014

Psychology rank 40th in 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject.  The rankings are based on an assessment of 200 top universities in the world.

Going beyond recycling?

€1.5m project investigates how to encourage people to live greener lifestyles.

20 February 2014

Taking paracetamol during pregnancy and ADHD

26 Feb 2014

Scientists from Cardiff University comment on new research which shows a possible link between taking paracetamol during pregnancy and ADHD. Dr Kate Langley, an expert in developmental and health psychology from the School of Medicine, said that the findings warranted “further investigation”, but should “be taken with caution”. (The Sydney Morning Herald, 26/02/14; South China Morning Post, 26/02/14)

Wales performs above the UK average

20 Feb 2014

Professor Peter Halligan, School of Psychology, publishes new research which finds that Wales performs above the UK average when it comes to research (Western Mail, 20.02.2104, Education, Pg 8)

Injections of botulism toxin A

17 Feb 2014

Injections of botulism toxin A (often referred to as Botox) to reduce crows' feet leaves people feeling more depressed, according to research by the School of Psychology.

Occupying the void of loneliness

5 Feb 2014

Professor Greg Maio from the School of Psychology considers whether Facebook is an adequate tool for occupying the void of loneliness. (Western Mail, 05/02/2014, p. 17)

Effect of a stroke

18 January 2014

Professor Reg Morris, Cardiff University comments on the effects of a stroke. (Daily Mail, 19.01.14)