Cognitive psychology

Discover what cognitive psychologists study, their role in solving crime and how much they earn.


Feeling nice and relaxed? That's what we like to hear! Even though your mind might not feel like it's racing at a million miles per minute, your brain is still undertaking lots of mental processes (like processing these words), and cognitive psychology is the study of all these processes.


Essentially it covers everything that goes on in our minds, such as how we think, the things we choose to remember versus those we forget, how we perceive the things we see and hear, the methods we use to solve problems and why, and lots more.

The psychology of criminal behaviour has become hugely popular, with the CSI franchise and Serial true crime podcast providing a window into a disturbing world. However, it's important to note, that it's not exclusively focused on murder but rather all kinds of crime - including fraud, terrorism and abuse.

Cognitive psychologist personality traits

Our fictional famous cognitive psychologist

Alice Howland (Still Alice)

Lisa Genova’s novel, Still Alice, explores the titular character’s experience with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. Alice is a world-renowned expert in linguistics and a professor of cognitive psychology. The story focuses on how her life is impacted after her diagnosis.

Your potential cognitive psychology career paths

How much is a cognitive psychologist’s salary?

So, what’s the average salary for a cognitive psychologist who’s fully qualified? If you’re just starting out, you can expect to earn just over £34,500 per year. However, when you reach a senior level of experience, you can as much as £60,000 per year or more.
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