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
- Hjelmervik, H., Westerhausen, R., Hirnstein, M., Specht, K. & Hausmann, M. (2015). The neuronal correlates of sex differences in left-right confusion. Neuroimage 113: 196-206.
- Ameen-Ali, K.E., Easton, A. & Eacott, M.J. (2015). Moving beyond standard procedures to assess spontaneous recognition memory. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 53: 37-51.
- Robertson, B-A., Eacott, M.J. & Easton, A. (2015). Putting Memory in Context: Dissociating memories by distinguishing the nature of context. Behavioural Brain Research 285: 99-104.
- Milne, J.L., Arnott, S.R., Kish, D., Goodale, M.A. & Thaler, L. (2015). Parahippocampal cortex is involved in material processing via echoes in blind echolocation experts. Vision research 109(Part B): 139-148.
- Davis, D.H.J., Skelly, D.T., Murray, C., Hennessy, E., Bowen, J., Norton, S., Brayne, C., Rahkonen, T., Sulkava, R., Sanderson, D.J., Rawlins, J.N.P., Bannerman, D.M., MacLullich, A.M.J. & Cunningham, C. (2015). Worsening cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative pathology progressively increase risk for delirium. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry 23(4): 403-415.
- Lough, E., Flynn, E. & Riby, D. M. (2015). Mapping real-world to online vulnerability in young people with developmental disorders: Illustrations from autism and Williams syndrome. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2(1): 1-7.