The Department of Psychology studies both mental wellbeing and mental illness and the effects of various psychotherapeutic methods. Experimental methods, observational studies and clinical research are common, but also so-called intervention research – that is research which is to lead to changes through psychotherapy or the development of new habits, for example.
The focus of occupational and organisational psychologists is rapid change in working life. What consequences do continuous changes have on organisations and individuals? A good workplace is beneficial to both health and well-being as well as to creativity and productivity. This is why researchers develop methods to improve work environments and leadership.
Clinical psychology is aimed at research into mental illness and psychotherapy. The results are often transferred directly into public healthcare. The department has a training clinic where students practise psychotherapy and research is conducted into the effects of psychotherapy. Other areas of study at the department are performance in sports, hypnosis, paranormal experiences, eating disorders, social phobia, psychological treatment via the internet, depressive personality traits and the treatment of severely traumatised refugees.
Cognitive psychologists deal with issues which are connected to human memory, speech, emotions, attention, perception and problem-solving. ADHD, mathematical models for understanding psychological phenomena, witness psychology and how we make moral judgements are some areas in which research teams are active.
Neuropsychologists are specialised in the connection between the brain and the mental functions. Memory processes, cognitive control functions and speech processes are studied with neurophysiological and brain imaging methods, such as EEG and MR cameras. Within their clinical research, neuropsychologists are particularly interested in patients with dementia and frontal lobe injuries.
Personality and social psychology is the study of that which shapes our individual traits. The differences are highlighted but the discipline also strives to create a coherent image of the individual and the psychological processes.
Social psychologists conduct research into how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are affected by the presence of other people. Phenomena such as discrimination, altruism, prejudice and moral judgements are studied, along with practical areas of application such as marketing and human resources recruitment. The department also conducts research into creativity and the conditions required in order for our creativity to flow.
Development psychologists deal with the influence of heredity and environment on the development of the individual. How is the interaction between the child and its parents affected by innate properties such as temperament, for example?