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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.


Miss Jasmin Amber Strickland (Hatfield College), has successfully completed her Masters of Science by Thesis (MRES) in Psychology. The title of her thesis: “Multiple processes in the short-term reduction of palatability in mice”. Jasmin will continue to study for her PhD in the Department.


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 03rd March 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L48

The neural fingerprints of a missing hand - brain plasticity in amputees.

Following arm-amputation brain areas that previously operated the hand are thought to get “recruited” by neighbouring representations.

Friday 10th March 2017, 4:00pm - 4:30pm. L47

Path Lengths: How the research career of an accidental academic compares to that of a rat.

Barbara-Anne Robertson (Durham University)

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Perceptual Priors Revealed by Iterated Reproduction.

Probability distributions over external states priors) are essential to the interpretation of sensory signals. In many areas of perception and cognition, humans appear to combine current observations with internal beliefs about the environment (the prior) in a rocess approximating statistical inference. Priors for cultural artifacts such as music and language remain largely uncharacterized, but critically constrain cultural transmission, because only those signals with high probability under the prior can be reliably reproduced and communicated.

Dr. Nori Jacoby, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University, NYC.

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

Dr Mary Hanley (Durham): Title tbc.

Friday 17th March 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47

Attention and working memory in touch and vision.

I will discuss recent findings from experiments that investigated working memory in touch and in vision, as well as bimodal working memory in tasks where tactile and visual stimuli have to be maintained simultaneously.

Professor Martin Eimer, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

PsyPAG Annual Conference

Our 2017 Annual Conference will be hosted at Northumbria University on 26th-28th July 2017.

Our conference aims to bring postgraduates from across the UK together and allow invaluable presentation experience in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our keynotes this year are Dr Vincent Deary (Northumbria University), Dr Katie Milnes (Leeds Beckett University), Prof Merim Bilalic (Northumbria University) and Dr Lynda Boothroyd (Durham University). In addition to this, the BPS Trainee Conference will also be joining us at this event. We are offering 10 x £100 competitive Conference bursaries to help students attend.

Deadlines for abstract submissions are Wednesday 29th March for workshops and Wednesday 24th May for posters and oral presentations. Early bird registration rates close on Friday 24th March and general registration closes on Friday 7th July. Find more information, submit abstracts and register on our conference website:

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

We're recruiting

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