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
Recent Publications from the Department of Psychology
- Dekker, T. M. & Nardini, M. (2016). Risky visuomotor choices during rapid reaching in childhood. Developmental Science 19(3): 427-439.
- Sanborn, Adam & Ulrik, Beierholm (2016). Fast and Accurate Learning When Making Discrete Numerical Estimates. PLOS Computational Biology 12(4): e1004859.
- Bracci, S., Cavina-Pratesi, C., Connolly, J.D. & Ietswaart, M. (2016). Representational content of occipitotemporal and parietal tool areas. Neuropsychologia 84: 81-88.
- Burton, E., Wattam-Bell, J., Rubin, G.S., Aboshiha, J., Michaelides, M., Atkinson, J., Braddick, O. & Nardini, M. (2016). Dissociations in coherence sensitivity reveal atypical development of cortical visual processing in congenital achromatopsia. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 57(4): 2251-2259.
- Burton, E., Wattam-Bell, J., Rubin, G.S., Atkinson, J., Braddick, O. & Nardini, M. (2016). Cortical Processing of Global Form, Motion and Biological Motion Under Low Light Levels. Vision Research 121: 39-49.
- Blanchard, A., Lyons, M. & Centifanti, L. (2016). An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible: Primary and secondary psychopathy and mate preference. Personality and Individual Differences 92: 128-134.