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Understanding hate crime

Feature | 18 March 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Researchers at the university of leicester have worked with the widest range of communities ever to have been included in a single study of hate crime - the leicester hate crime project.

Why the hate? abusive behaviour in social media

Feature | 09 December 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A new esrc-funded project aims to study the 'social media ecosystem' to better understand how user behaviours, global communication networks and flows of information interact to promote hateful and socially disruptive content.

Fear contagion: how we make our children fearful

Feature | 27 September 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new esrc-funded study.

Chasing the teen vote

Feature | 03 September 2013 | Academic, General public, Press/media

Contrary to beliefs, young people are broadly interested in politics and supportive of the democratic process – but dislike formal, professional politics, political parties and national politicians.

Lifelong impact from childhood bullying

Feature | 23 August 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Serious illness, struggling to hold down a regular job and poor social relationships are some of the negative outcomes in adulthood facing those who were victim of bullying in childhood.

The nature of web trolls

Feature | 31 July 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Online 'trolls' who abuse people are motivated by boredom as well as feelings of power, amusement and revenge, new findings show. Research by dr claire hardaker at the esrc cass centre explores the motivation for trolling.

Missing people prefer to stay nearby

Feature | 21 June 2013 | General public, Press/media

People who voluntarily go missing usually stay close to home, according to new research. Findings from the esrc-funded project geographies of missing people were presented at the 1st international conference on missing children and adults, held in so ...

Torture by any other name

Feature | 17 May 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

The category of 'torture' has been used by western states to distinguish between the civilised and the uncivilised. The moral and political stakes are often simply too high for the british state to admit responsibility for such an act, according to r ...

Feeling the pain of others

Feature | 19 April 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

New research has established a definite link between the physical condition synaesthesia and the capacity for feeling empathy. Brain scans show that the 'social brain' not directly affected by test stimuli is being activated.

Case Studies

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Challenging age-based stereotypes

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Voluntary sector

A pioneering project in which older women explored their experience of ageing through art provided the impetus for a campaign challenging ageism and sexism through a range of policy and school-based initiatives.

Health psychology helping business

Case Study | 25 March 2009 | Business, General public

The training and consultancy company public management associates ltd collaborated with coventry university to develop in-house skills in health psychology and behaviour change, reducing commissioning costs and increasing profits.

Decision-making in rape trials

Case Study | 15 January 2007 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research on biased jury decisions in rape trials informed home office legislation review and judicial assessments in new zealand.

Explaining surgery risks to patients

Case Study | 06 November 2006 | General public, Public sector

A knowledge transfer partnership improved university hospitals coventry and warwickshire's communication with patients - explaining more effectively the risks of invasive procedures.

Psychological testing of language tools

Case Study | 10 February 2006 | Business, General public

A psychological evaluation of texthelp systems software highlighted the benefits of the product, supporting marketing and leading to new contracts and predicted increase in exports.

Press Releases

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More to facial perception than meets the eye

Press Release | 15 June 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

People make complex judgements about a person from looking at their face that are based on a range of factors beyond simply their race and gender, according to findings of new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

The blank page: how do we get inspired?

Press Release | 08 March 2010 | General public, Press/media

From the ordinary thank-you letter to the great works of fiction, inspiration is something that we all have to find. But why is it so elusive? is there a science to capturing it? or do we still simply follow the classical art of using a muse?

Anxiety's hidden cost

Press Release | 23 June 2009 | Further education, Higher education, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

The effect of anxiety on academic performance is not always obvious but new research funded by the economic and social research council suggests that there may be hidden costs.


Most recent grants

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Toward a theoretical model of behavioural synchrony

Dr Kimberly Quinn | 25 April 2014

"behavioural synchrony" occurs when two or more people move together in time and space. The importance of behavioural synchrony lies in its ability to support the formation and maintenance of social bonds: being "in synch" with others boosts interper ...

Making working memory work for educational psychologists

Dr Debbora Hall | Cognition | 31 March 2014

The aim of this grant is to provide educational psychologists with resources that allow them to fully appreciate the most recent developments in research on working memory and learning, and to provide dynamic assessment activities for use within thei ...

Support for carers of people with early onset dementia

Professor Heather Gage | 31 March 2014

Research to assess policies and strategies for dementia in the young (rhapsody) aims primarily to analyse the health and social care systems and infrastructures available to the severely burdened yet underserved group of people with young onset demen ...

Exploring the characteristics of imitation in parkinson's disease

Dr Ellen Poliakoff | Experimental psychology | 31 March 2014

Parkinson’s disease is a common neurological disorder, which has a profound effect on movement. People find it hard to initiate movements and often make smaller movements, such as taking shorter steps. Currently, cues are used to improve people ...

Applying relationships science to contemporary interventions

Dr Abigail Millings | 24 February 2014

The applying relationships science to contemporary interventions seminar series is a 3-year programme of nine mini-conferences designed to facilitate dialogue around relationships science between key stakeholders in contemporary interventions. Events ...

London experimental workshop

Professor Pablo Branas-Garza | 10 February 2014

The london experimental workshop (lew) proposes to start an inter-university seminar series in the london area between middlesex, queen mary and royal holloway universities. The workshop will work as a discussion platform in the area of experimental ...

Exploring the effects of learning and motivation on visual cognition

Professor Jane Raymond | Cognitive Psychology | 01 February 2014

This project will investigate how the motivational context in which visual stimuli are presented influences visual cognition. Motivational contexts are established through learning processes that allow associations between motivationally salient (rew ...


Most recent outputs

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Assessing the value of bus services for leisure

Josephine Guiver | 02 May 2014 | Environmental Planning | Conference paper/presentation

Bus services provided for people outside the area are easy targets for cuts when budgets are stretched. Often they appear to represent poor value for money, with low passenger figures (as with the heather hopper withdrawn from the cairngorms national ...


Josephine Guiver | 02 May 2014 | Environmental Planning | Dissemination / Communication

Seminar at the end of the project to disseminate findings and good practice

Why destination visitor travel planning falls between the cracks

Josephine Guiver | 02 May 2014 | Environmental Planning | Journal article

Planning for visitor travel within a destination area presents an obvious opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of tourism, while increasing quality of experience and choice for the tourist and benefiting local residents and businesses. Yet, ...

A brain-potential correlate of task-set conflict

Heike Elchlepp | 01 May 2014 | Psychology | Journal article

Brain-potential correlates of response conflict are well documented, but those of task conflict are not. Task-switching studies have suggested a plausible correlate of task conflict—a poststimulus posterior negativity—however, in such paradigms the n ...

Measuring the costs and benefits of buses used for leisure trips

Josephine Guiver | 01 May 2014 | Environmental Planning | Conference paper/presentation

Rural bus services are being hit hard by local government spending reductions. Many such services are used partly or primarily for leisure, some are supported by areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks or other local authorities and make ...

How can you estimate the value of a bus service? evaluating buses in tourist areas

Josephine Guiver | 30 April 2014 | Environmental Planning | Conference paper/presentation

This paper reports esrc-funded research to investigate the impacts of bus services in ten tourist areas in the uk. Passenger surveys provided information about how bus services are used and whether passengers would have used a car, stayed at home or ...

Longer interviews may not affect subsequent survey participation propensity

Peter Lynn | 30 April 2014 | Sociology | Working paper

Researchers often assume that respondent burden influences survey participation propensity and that interview length is a good indicator of burden. However, there is little evidence of the effect of interview length on subsequent participation propen ...