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Department of Psychology
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We are amongst the Top 10 Psychology Departments in the UK with an outstanding academic staff highly rated for both teaching and research and are consistently ranked as one of the best Psychology departments for employability. We were rated 24th out of 81 Departments in the Times Higher 'Intensity' 2014 REF ranking for Psychology, Neuroscience and Psychiatry with 77% of our research being recognised as world leading. We are a collegiate and welcoming department committed to success for all who work here. One mark of our commitment is our Athena Swan Silver Award which the department has received in 2013.


Dr Nicholas David Thomson (Ustinov College) has successfully completed his PhD in Psychology. The title of his thesis: "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Predicting Aggression in Children, Adolescent, and Adults: Exploring the Role of Cardiovascular Psychophysiology, Neuropsychology, and Psychopathy." Nicholas will continue in our department as Teaching Fellow.

Employability Retreat 2016

The department ran another highly successful employability retreat in Osmotherly, North Yorshire. The retreat was attended by 35 2nd year psychologists. People from Teach First and KPMG ran extremely useful workshops. The employability retreat will running again this year. Details will be announced soon.

Rising Stars Research Symposium.

Harriet Welch (left), Naina Kant (middle) and Lauren Jeffers (right) presented research from their undergraduate dissertation projects at the Faculty of Science's research symposium. The event showcases the success and breadth of research within the faculty at undergraduate level.

1.1 Million Euro Multi -Site Project.

Dr Dan Smith (Centre) was the lead applicant for a consortium that was awarded 1.1m euros for the multi-site project "A motor bias theory of attention" funded by ESRC (Durham, UK), DFG (Munich, Germany) and NWO (Utrecht, Netherlands).

Outstanding Academic Support.

David Sanderson won the Durham Students' Union prize for Outstanding Academic Support in the Science faculty, nominated by students.

Hector Fellow Academy Prize.

Maria Olkkonen won the Hector Fellow Academy prize for the best talk at the Colour in Mind Conference held at Tübingen University.

Friday 09th December 2016, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L48.

How do humans recognise Kin?

Kinship is central to theories of social behaviour. Hamilton’s theory of inclusive fitness is widely recognised as the most important theoretical advance in evolutionary science since Darwin’s original theories, predicting that many social behaviours will be contingent on relatedness.

Dr Lisa Debruine

Friday 16th December 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, L50

“Brain imaging of Motivation and Reward – From Food and Drug Cues to Social Values

Dr Niklass Ihssen

Friday 20th January 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47

Associative memory development in the rat and translation into a human paradigm.

Dr Ros Langston

Episodic memory is the recollection of unique autobiographical events, including rich detail of times, places and associated contextual information. In neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, episodic memory is greatly impaired.

Friday, 27th January 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47

Mechanisms of change in early communicative development.

Over the first few years of life, infants discover that they can communicate with others through vocalisations, gestures and eventually symbolic devices such as words.

Monday 30th January 2017, 12:00 - 13:00, L48

"Parenting – where next?"

Speaker, Hoshiar Muhammad

"Social functioning in higher education students with Autism Spectrum Disorder"

Speaker, Emine Gurbuz

Friday 03rd February 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47

Experience dependent multisensory development

Brigitte Röder, Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Hamburg, Germany

Host Dr Marko Nardini

Monday 13th February 2017, 12:00 - 13:00, L48.

"Cognitive, Emotional, and Sensory Contributions to Anxiety in Neurodevelopmental Disorders"

Mikel South (Brigham Young University)

Monday 27th February 2017, 12:00 - 13:00, L48

“Children create the core properties of language: Insights from child gestural communication”

Zanna Clay (Birmingham/Durham)

Monday 13th March 2017, 12:00 - 13:00, L48.

Dr Mary Hanley (Durham): Title tbc.

Contact Details

Durham City
Psychology Department
Durham University
Science Laboratories
South Road
Tel:+44(0)191 3343240

Queen's Campus
Psychology Department
Durham University
Queen's Campus
University Boulevard
TS17 6BH
Tel:+44(0)191 3340101

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Durham Psychology Department internationally recognised as in the top 100 Psychology Departments worldwide by QS rankings!

In September 2013 the Department of Psychology was delighted to achieve the 'Athena Swan Silver Award' recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in STEMM academia. For more information please follow link.

World leading research across all Durham University subjects

Durham University REF results