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
- Ihssen, N., Mussweiler, T. & Linden, D. E. J. (2016). Observing others stay or switch - How social prediction errors are integrated into reward reversal learning. Cognition 153: 19-32.
- Petrini, K., Caradonna, A., Foster, C., Burgess, N. & Nardini, M. (2016). How vision and self-motion combine or compete during path reproduction changes with age. Scientific Reports 6: 29163.
- Thomson, N.D., Towl, G. & Centifanti, L.C. (2016). The habitual female offender inside: How psychopathic traits predict chronic prison violence. Law and Human Behavior 40(3): 257-269.
- Covey, J., Rosenthal-Stott, H.E.S. & Howell, S.J. (2016). A synthesis of meta-analytic evidence of behavioral interventions to reduce HIV/STIs. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 39(3): 371-385.
- Blanchard, A., Lyons, M. & Centifanti, L. (2016). Baby was a black sheep: Digit ratio (2D:4D), maternal bonding and primary and secondary psychopathy. Personality and Individual Differences 99: 67-71.
- Thaler, Lore & Castillo-Serrano, Josefina (2016). People's ability to detect objects using click-based echolocation: A direct comparison between mouth-clicks and clicks made by a loudspeaker. PLOS ONE 11(5): e0154868.