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Individual Differences (Differential Psychology) is looking into substantive ways in which people differ in their cognitive abilities, motivation, and personality by employing rigorous psychometric and experimental methods testing biological and psychological models of individual variability.

London has been the birthplace of Individual Differences research. Modern research in Individual Differences owes much to Galton’s work on variance and correlation and its development by later British biostatisticians including Karl Pearson, Charles Spearman and R.A. Fisher as well as major contributors to the modern scientific theory of personality like Hans Eysenck and Jeffrey Gray.

The Centre of Research in Individual Differences (CRID) was established to promote and develop research activities in the area of Individual Differences with national and international research partners in the context of collaborative research outputs, research apprentice & internship schemes, PhD bursaries, doctoral training research methods (including advanced multivariate statistics and research software training), conferences and public engagement events.

Research facilities include developmental, neuropsychological and cognitive laboratories. We have also access to a range of psychological testing equipment and a comprehensive psychological test library.

The Centre is led by Dr Elias Tsakanikos and Professor Michael Eysenck

CRID welcomes enquiries from potential Research students. Please visit the University of Roehampton Graduate School pages for information on how to apply.
For more information please contact
Dr Elias Tsakanikos
CRID Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8392 3080

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CRID aims

  • Investigate major dimensions of individual differences in cognitive abilities, motivation, and personality in the context of experimental, cognitive, social, and biological psychology.
  • Publish scientific papers and organise scientific meetings
  • Discuss and exchange information and ideas relevant to the measurement of individual differences.
  • Stimulate research activity, research students and internships in the area of Individual Differences.
  • Foster research collaborations with UK and international research networks.

CRID Research  

Current research projects include

  • Cognitive biases and attention as a function of personality traits linked to
    anxiety and depression
  • Narcissistic personality traits and cognitive processing
  • Schizotypy and perceptual biases
  • Individual Differences in synaisthesia
  • Traits of atypical neurodevelopment
  • The use of iPad and iPhone technology


The Centre of Research of Individual Differences (CRID) maintains active academic collaborations with a number of research teams in other UK and International Universities including:

  • London Psychometric Lab, University College London
  • Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex
  • Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • University of La Laguna, Spain
  • Birkbeck University, University of London.