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 five research groupings:
- Applied, Clinical and Health Psychology
- Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Developmental Psychology
- Social, Emotional and Evolutionary Psychology
- Neuroscience of Learning and Memory
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
- Alderson-Day, B. & Fernyhough, C. (2015). Inner speech: Development, cognitive functions, phenomenology, and neurobiology. Psychological Bulletin 141(5): 931-965.
- Norman, L.J., Heywood, C.A. & Kentridge, R.W. (2015). Exogenous attention to unseen objects?. Consciousness & Cognition 35: 319-329.
- McCarthy-Jones, S., Thomas, N., Dodgson, G., Fernyhough, C., Brotherhood, E., Wilson, G. & Dudley, R. (2015). What have we learnt about the ability of cognitive behavioural therapy to help with voice-hearing?. In Psychological approaches to understanding and treating auditory hallucinations: From theory to therapy. Hayward, M., Strauss, C. & McCarthy-Jones, S. Routledge. 78-99.
- Alderson-Day, B., McCarthy-Jones, S. & Fernyhough, C. (2015). Hearing voices in the resting brain: A review of intrinsic functional connectivity research on auditory verbal hallucinations. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 55: 78-87.
- Lane, Alison R., Ball, Keira & Ellison, Amanda (2015). Dissociating the neural mechanisms of distance and spatial reference frames. Neuropsychologia 74: 42-49.
- Missana, M., Atkinson, A.P. & Grossmann, T. (2015). Tuning the developing brain to emotional body expressions. Developmental Science 18(2): 243-253.