Psychology

Psychology is an academic discipline that revolves around human behaviour and mental processes. 

Psychology attempts to describe mankind's most inner thoughts and feelings, our motives and driving forces, and to explain how we as humans feel, think and act and how we influence each other.

Researchers at LiU focus on many different areas within psychology. One area is online therapy, where clients are in contact with a psychologist or psychotherapist via the internet or a mobile app to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression or tinnitus. 

Another area focuses on small children and how early they can remember things. To find this out, an ERP lab is used, where brain activity can be measured. 

The way people work in groups is also something that interests researchers at LiU. How do we cooperate, what can cause problems and what can we do to make a group work better? 

The subject of psychology also includes studies in cognitive psychology on matters as diverse as decision making and why we make the decisions we make, to perspectives on how children learn, which for instance, examines the significance of working memory during the process of learning. Studies of children's learning also includes a social psychology perspective.

The scientific study of psychology provides us with useful knowledge within the areas central to a person's health and well-being. Linköping University conducts research within social psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and educational psychology.

Research

A women is doing computed tomography.

JEDI-lab

We at JEDI lab at Linköping University conduct research on intuition, reflection, and emotion in economic decision-making. The aim of our research is to understand everyday decision-making and its underlying processes.

The Ageing and Social Change research environment

The Ageing and Social Change research environment conducts leading-edge research on key social, political and cultural issues of ageing.

An ancestry-segregated school class friendship network.

Peer influence or discrimination? Understanding the mechanisms behind ethnic differences in school achievement.

This project explores the achievement gaps in schools among students from different ethnic backgrounds. By analysing data from European youth and Swedish registers, we aim to increase awareness of bias in the education system.

News

Portrait of professor Gustav Tinghög.

Researchers overestimate their own honesty

The average researcher thinks they are better than their colleagues at following good research practice. They also think that their own research field is better than other fields. This is shown in a new study at Linköping University.

Gerhard Andersson in his office.

Researchers will help us keep our new year’s resolutions

Last year, Professor Gerhard Andersson’s new year’s resolution was to skateboard regularly. He is now launching a research study to investigate what can make us keep the promises we made for the new year.

Portrait of professor Gustav Tinghög.

Emotions often defeat sense in healthcare priority setting

Emotions tend to get the upper hand in healthcare decisions. This is shown in a Linköping University study. The results may explain why effective use of healthcare resources is so slow in the making, according to the researchers.