The Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology Research Lab, directed by Dr Georgia Panayiotou, is part of the Department of Psychology and is housed in the New Wing of the central campus. The lab space is shared with the lab activities of Dr George Spanoudis and it houses both the independent research projects of Dr Panayiotou and collaborative research efforts with Dr Maria Karekla and other department faculty. The main interest of our lab is EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, i.e. the use of experimental methods to examine the etiological and sustaining cognitive and emotional mechanisms behind psychological disorders. In terms of disorders, we are interested in a wide range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, impulsivity and smoking. Some of the research projects being conducted represent the doctoral dissertations or masters theses of Department of Psychology students, under the supervision of Dr Panayiotou. Others are projects funded by various funding agencies.
The Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology Research Lab houses equipment for human psychophysiology research and has access to Virtual Reality equipment. Currently, studies using peripheral psychophysiology measures, such as the startle reflect, heart rate, galvanic skin response, facial EMG etc are being conducted, while in the near future we hope to include central psychophysiological indices such as evoked potentials.
Physiological measures used in this lab are meant as indices of psychological processes, particularly of emotion and attention, rather than as measures of bodily or brain correlates of behaviour. Therefore, the focus and interest of our studies is clearly psychological.
Collaborators to some of our projects include researchers from the MD Anderson Cancer Centre at the University of Texas, the University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and other major research centres.
Currently the following research projects are in progress.
Our lab welcomes the expression of interest by undergraduate and graduate students who want to participate in research as part of independent studies, undergraduate and master's theses, and doctoral dissertations. The lab is also always recruiting participants as subjects in our experiments. Students and members of the community interested in participating either as research assistants or participants should contact Dr Panayiotou at 22 89 2081 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.