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The Department of Psychology works in collaboration with industry to carry out research to inform new product development, research the effects of products and develop innovative solutions for industry. The department covers a wide range of disciplines through research groups and enterprise units. These include:

Psychology and Communication Technology (PaCT Lab)
PaCT Lab is one of the few HCI (Human Computer Interaction) research and training facilities within a psychology department. The aim of the PaCT Lab is to develop interdisciplinary research, education and training to improve communication technologies and understand the consequences of their use. Our work covers four broad and overlapping themes of privacy, security, trust, and behaviour change. These themes are explored across a variety of domains including health, commerce, energy conservation and learning. Members of PaCT Lab collaborate with practitioners to ensure transfer of knowledge into industry and to support the application of research findings into the business world. Areas of research carried out in the PaCT Lab include:

  • Cyber Security
  • Older adults & Technology
  • Energy
  • E-health

Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre
The Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre (BPNRC) has earned an international reputation for its research into the effects of nutritional interventions on behaviour and has firmly established itself at the forefront of nutritional neuroscience research. The Centre has a long history of successful collaborations with industry. BPNRC have worked closely with global leaders who have funded a broad spectrum of research, ranging from PhD and post-doctoral research programmes which investigate purely academic questions, through to high quality research projects providing evidence for product claims and product development Industry collaborators include Bayer healthcare, Beneo and GSK.

Healthy living
The Healthy Living group focuses its research on public health interventions; including school and community breakfast clubs; nutrition within school and the workplace; and the associations between nutrition, cognition and physical activity. Members have collaborations with both universities and organisations around the world.

Industrial collaborators include: Kellogg’s, Public Health Blackpool and the Institute of Education amongst others.

Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research
The Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research (NCSR) is a purpose-built two-bedroom en suite facility with a fully integrated kitchen, conference room and lounge and laboratory control room. The NCSR is designed to study and treat disorders of sleep and wakefulness. Researchers at NCSR have worked with organizations such as Mammoth Technology, UCB Pharma, Champneys and the BBC.

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