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Durham University


Research Groups

We are a research intensive School, at a world class university, where teaching and scholarly enquiry go hand in hand.


Developmental Science

Our research ranges from the basic to the applied, and from infancy to adolescence. Projects include foetal development, sensory and spatial skills, visual attention in the classroom, and decision-making in adolescence. We study both typical and atypical development (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Williams syndrome). We use cutting-edge new technologies including Virtual Reality, motion capture, eye-tracking and 4D ultrasound scanning as well as traditional measures of behaviour and cognition.

Learning, Memory and Cognition

Here we bring together researchers interested in an understanding of the cognitive and biological mechanisms behind learning, memory, language and decision making. We use a range of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience approaches in both human and non-human animals to understand these mechanisms, including fMRI, computational modelling, single-cell electrophysiology, transgenic models of disease and behavioural studies following lesions.

Perception, Action and Awareness

We use a variety of techniques to research adult brains including fMRI, TMS, tDCS, EEG, eye movement tracking, biophysiological recording, as well as the analysis of visuomotor action and psychophysical performance.

Quantitative Social Science

We adopt different levels of analysis and study physiological and brain processes, interpersonal processes, and cultural processes to uncover the foundations of human judgement and behaviour. We also seek to translate basic science into solutions to tackle organisational and societal challenges.