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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.

Psychology Students 6-4 Psychology Staff

Psychology Staff played the Psychology (Applied) students in the inaugural mixed 5-a-side challenge match. The game was tightly contested, but despite a valiant effort by Psychology Staff, the Psychology (Applied) students ran out winners by 6 goals to 4. Thanks to the Committee of the Psychology (Applied) Society for organising the event and Naina Kant and Charlotte Peters, who cooked the idea up at the Employability Retreat last year.

Friday 28th October 2016, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47.

Communicating the rhythms and tones of intention and feeling in movement is part of human nature.

Colwyn Trevarthen.

Friday 04th November 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, L48

Modelling multiple risks and multiple outcomes: The development of autism and callous unemotional traits.

Friday 04th November, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47

Here's looking at you kid: Optimising signal-to-noise ratios in Tots TV can create adult-like viewing behaviour in infants.

Dr Tim Smith

Friday, 11th November 2016, 16:00 - 17:00, L47

Linguistic and perceptual colour categories, updates on the dress, and perceptual augmentation

Dr. Christoph Witzel, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Friday 18th November 2016, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47

“Vision Science in the Physics Dept: Elongated Pupils in Animal Eyes and and Reading with Blur in Human Eyes”

Speakers, Gordon Love and Laura Young

Host, Dr Maria Olkkonen

Tuesday 22nd November, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, L47

“Using virtual reality to study the development of multisensory perception and navigation”

James Negen (Durham)

Friday 02nd December 2016, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47

Intrinsic and extrinsic influences on children’s food acceptance

Dr Jackie Blissett

Host Dr Nadja Reissland

Tuesday 06th December 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, L47

“Learning to move in crowded environments"

Dorothy Cowie (Durham)

Friday 09th December 2016, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, L47.

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

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!

World leading research across all Durham University subjects

Durham University REF results
Athena Swan Silver Award

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.