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Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology

Centre for Occupational & Health Psychology
Location
Cardiff, Wales, UK
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Faculty Psychology
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The Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology (COHP, Welsh: Canolfan Seicoleg Alwedigaethol ac Iechyd) is a Cardiff University research centre founded in 1999 to conduct research into the effects of occupational factors on health and performance efficiency. In addition, the risk factors relating to ill-health are investigated and the effects of health-related behaviour and health status on cognitive performance, mood and physiological functioning examined.

The Unit is directed by Professor Andy Smith[1][2] and research is conducted by post-doctoral fellows, research associates and post-graduate students.

Centre for Occupational & Health Psychology building, Cardiff
Centre for Occupational & Health Psychology performance testing lab
Onboard field research looking at seafarers' fatigue

Topics of research

Previous research projects have included:

  1. Minor illnesses and cognition
  2. The Psychology of the common cold
  3. Combined effects of occupational health hazards
  4. Method development study to assess the effect of colds on performance, perceived workload and mood
  5. Effects of guarana and alcohol on mood and performance changes following consumption of lager
  6. Adverse effects of night-time aircraft noise
  7. Physiological and psychological markers for adjustment to shiftwork offshore
  8. Noise and insomnia
  9. Health-care evaluation and assessment of education in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
  10. An investigation of the effects of fibre in breakfast cereal on subjective reports of energy and mood
  11. Aromas, cognitive performance and mood
  12. The scale and impact of illegal drug use by workers [3]
  13. Use and impact of prescribed medication on work performance
  14. Psychological markers for adjustment to shiftwork offshore
  15. Ethnicity, work characteristics, stress and health [4]
  16. Effects of caffeine on mood, cognition and drink acceptability
  17. Aromas and cognitive performance
  18. Seafarer Fatigue: The Cardiff Research Programme [5] [6]
  19. An investigation of the effects of inulin on energy, mood and cognitive function
  20. The acute effects of inulin on subjective reports of well being and objective measures of cognitive performance
  21. An investigation of the effects of Yakult fermented drink on mood and cognitive function
  22. Effects of probiotics on subjective reports of energy and mood
  23. Evaluation of free school breakfasts initiative [7]
  24. An investigation of the effects of breakfast cereals on well being [8]
  25. Prediction and reduction of car crashes
  26. Occupational Health and Safety: culture, advice and performance
  27. Seafarers' Fatigue: The International Perspective
  28. Effects of chewing gum on memory and test performance
  29. European Framework for safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly ship operations (FLAGSHIP)[9]
  30. Healthy Minds at Work [10]
  31. The relationship between work/working and improved health, safety and well-being

References

  1. ^ Fleming, Nic (21 April 2005). "Split shift working is bad for your heart, say scientists - Telegraph". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Prof Andrew P Smith - BSc PhD Lond FBPsP CPsychol". Cardiff University. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  3. ^ The scale and impact of illegal drug use by workers
  4. ^ Ethnicity, work characteristics, stress and health
  5. ^ Final Report from the Cardiff study on Seafarers' Fatigue
  6. ^ Fatigue at Sea Film funded by the ESRC
  7. ^ Evaluation of free school breakfasts initiative
  8. ^ The concept of well-being: relevance to nutrition research
  9. ^ FLAGSHIP homepage
  10. ^ Healthy Minds at Work

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