Our 33 members of academic staff consistently produce and publish high impact research spanning all subdisciplines of psychology. The Department of Psychology provides a world-class research environment for postgraduate students in Biological, Cognitive, Social or Developmental Psychology along with more applied aspects such as Educational Psychology, Forensic/Criminological Psychology, Neuroscience (including Neurorehabilitation) and Health Psychology. Much of our research is interdisciplinary both within the department and outside of the department.
The research activities in the Department fall within four research groupings:
- Perception, Action & Awareness
- Developmental Science
- Social, Evolutionary & Affective Psychology
- Learning, Memory & Cognition
In addition, members of the Department play leading roles in the following research institutes, centres and units:
- Biophysical Sciences Institute
- Centre for the Coevolution of Biology and Culture
- Centre for Vision & Visual Cognition
- Centre for Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit
- Durham University Neuroimaging Centre
- North East Consortium for Developmental Research and Training
- Wolfson Research Institute
- Durham University Baby Lab
- Learning and Memory Processes Centre
Recent Publications from the Department of Psychology
- Hausmann, M. (2017). Why sex hormones matter for neuroscience: A very short review on sex, sex hormones, and functional brain asymmetries. Journal of Neuroscience Research 95(1-2): 40-49.
- Dachtler, J. & Fox, K. (2017). Do cortical plasticity mechanisms differ between males and females?. Journal of Neuroscience Research 95(1-2): 518-526.
- de Sousa, P., Sellwood, W., Spray, A., Fernyhough, C. & Bentall, R. P. (2016). Inner speech and clarity of self-concept in thought disorder and auditory-verbal hallucinations. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 204(12): 885-893.
- Austen, J.M., Strickland, J.A. & Sanderson, D.J. (2016). Memory-dependent effects on palatability in mice. Physiology & Behavior 167: 92-99.
- Longfier, L., Soussignan, R., Reissland, N., Leconte, M., Marret, S., Schaal, B. & Mellier, D. (2016). Emotional expressiveness of 5–6 month-old infants born very premature versus full-term at initial exposure to weaning foods. Appetite 107: 494-500.
- Watts, S. J., Rodgers, J. & Riby, D. M. (2016). A systematic review of the evidence for hyporesponsivity in ASD. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 3(4): 285-301.