Head of School
School of Psychology
Gwynedd LL57 2AS
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 388340
PhD University of Cambridge
BA (Hons) Durham University
John's research focuses on the interface between cognition and motivation. He is interested in how motivational signals are generated, how they interact with ongoing cognitive processes and how this affects behaviour. His research interests include: the influence of motivational states on cognitive processes such as attention, memory and decision-making; the effect of positive emotional states (such as happiness and flow) on cognition; the role and nature of stimulus-induced behaviours (including motivational arousal and craving in addictive behaviours); the use of fMRI to explore neural mechanisms of motivation.
Professor John Parkinson is a member of the Clinical, Health, & Behavioural Psychology and Social Neuroscience research groups.
I currently have no funding available for PhDs but am interested in projects that focus specifically on:
(1) Promoting mental health and resilience in Higher Education, and
(2) Designing and implementing positive psychology interventions to promote mental & physical health, and resilience across the population.
Such projects would consider motivational factors (e.g. SDT) as well as acknowledging dual-process approaches to behaviour (e.g. Kahneman’s S1 & S2)