The EPS was founded in 1946. Its role is to facilitate research in experimental psychology, and scientific communication among experimental psychologists and those working in cognate fields. Based in the UK, it also has many members in mainland Europe and elsewhere overseas.
The EPS holds regular scientific meetings at which members and guests present their work; it publishes the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and other occasional publications. It sponsors scientific workshops on special topics, and awards grants and prizes to facilitate postdoctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate research.