We have strengths across many areas of psychological science and we place a high value on the production of original research by our staff and students:


Read more about our five key areas of research: Developmental: Child, Youth, Aging; Clinical & Health; Cognitive & Perception; Research Methods; and Social & Organisational


The stories rotating on this page are just some of the research highlights happening in the Research School of Psychology.

Meet the psychologist curing migraines with therapy

Written by Tabitha Carvan Every time Professor Paul Martin says the words ‘migraine triggers’ – which is often because he’s an expert on migraine triggers – I...

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The fact of the matter

In our “post-truth” world, where Senator Pauline Hanson isn’t racist, climate change doesn’t exist and President Donald Trump’s inauguration was attended by record...

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Psychology and the ANU Grand Challenges Scheme

The ANU Grand Challenges Scheme funds transformative research with the potential to radically change our understanding of, and responses to, the world’s most intractable problems. It...

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An evening on "Milgram, Obedience and Leadership"

Come and join us for the viewing of a new film "Shock Room" followed by a panel discussion. This event is by invitation so please contact if you have...

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The rise of prejudice and why facts still matter

Researchers at the ANU are calling on people around the world to take part in the biggest ever study into helping understand, and reduce prejudice. Lead researcher Professor Michael Platow...

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Could a nap help expand your toddler's vocabulary?

That's the question an Australian-first research project at the ANU's Research School of Psychology's Child Cognition Unit is attempting to answer. Unit director Dr Emma Axelsson said...

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Worrying about body image

Girls as young as seven have a poorer body image than boys, according to research to find out if a special exercise program for primary school children delivers physical and psychological health...

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Understanding difficult emotions

Young children’s understanding of their emotions develops within an environment of relationships initially with their parents, then siblings and later with peers. The quality of this emotional...

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Getting the words wrong

The first record of dyslexia as an identifiable condition came to light in the late nineteenth century amongst the many other medical curiosities that seemed to fascinate the Victorian imagination....

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