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Durham University

Psychology

Research Groups


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


Cognitive Neuroscience

We are experimental psychologists using cognitive and behavioural neuroscience approaches to examine a range of fundamental issues in cognitive and biological psychology. We use a variety of techniques with both humans and non-human animals to understand psychological processes. These techniques include fMRI, TMS, EEG, eye-movement tracking, computational modelling, single-cell electrophysiology, and pharmacological and transgenic manipulations to the CNS.


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.


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.