Biology, Emotions, and Transitions Studies
School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork
The BEATS Lab emphasizes the psychobiological approach to understanding behaviours, responses to experience, well-being and health.
Group members are currently working on a range of research projects including projects designed to examine the associations of puberty and adolescent wellbeing, to examine how daily experiences in childhood and adolescence might shape psychobiological health and to examine how systemic inflammation may relate to anxiety. Most of our current projects are described here, and you can read more about our outputs and knowledge exchange.
We offer opportunities for people to develop experience in research, and each year offer internships, with general and specialized training in conducting psychobiological research. You can read more about our internships and our research interns here.
We also work with a Research Advisory Group, made up of people aged 13-17 years. Working with the Advisory Group has supported us to learn more about doing research in collaboration with teens, as well as what topics related to adolescent health and wellbeing that teens would like researchers to focus on. You can read more about our Advisory Group here.
Our research uses a range of methods, including biological measures and standardised psychological tests. The BioAssay Lab is able to measure hormones in bio-samples, we have specialized equipment to monitor measures of psychobiological function in daily life settings.