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Department of Psychology


As of January 11, DUNIC has been accepted as constituent Centre of the Wolfson Research Instiute for Health and Wellbeing.

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing exists to foster and disseminate the wide range of research undertaken at Durham University to improve human health and well-being. The Institute's research includes well-established strengths in research on primary care, public health, child development, cognitive neuroscience, medical anthropology, health geography, social work and medical humanities as well as exciting new developments in medical imaging, cardiology, health in the Global South, and mental health. The Institute works in partnership with the University's academic departments and research Centres, many of whose members are among the Institute's Fellows.

On 17 June , 2016 Durham University will hold a 1-day conference entitled

What Can We Learn about the Mind from Brain Imaging Evidence?

Invited Speakers:

  • Jody Culham, Western University, Ontario, Canada
  • Eleanor Maguire, University College London, UK
  • Adrian Owen, Western University, Ontario, Canada
  • Dick Passingham, Oxford University, UK

A more detailed program and information about the venue are available here

The conference is free to attend, but due to limited spaces advance online registration is required at

This event is generously supported by

Durham University Institute of Advanced Study

The European Brain and Behaviour Society

Durham University Biophysical Science Institute

Durham University Neuroimaging Centre

IAS funded workshop “What Can we Learn about the Mind from Brain Imaging Evidence?”

DUNIC recently received funding from the University’s Institute of Advanced Study for a one-day workshop as part of their 2015-16 theme “Evidence”.

The workshop, which will be organized by Prof A.D. Milner, Prof C.A. Heywood, Dr C. Cavina-Pratesi, Dr L. Thaler and Dr S. Weis is entitled “What can we learn about the mind from brain imaging evidence?” and will be held in the Spring term of 2016 (exact date to be confirmed).

In view of the dramatic advances of our understanding of human brain function through use of increasingly sophisticated methods of brain imaging, the workshop will address questions like the following:

What truly can be claimed about our cognitive and emotional life from brain imaging research? What kinds of evidence can it provide, and what is the epistemological status of this evidence? What new techniques are now being developed to go beyond the sometimes naïve inferences that have been made in the past? What fallacies may be lurking in the undergrowth of our thinking about, and interpretation of, brain imaging? What does the future hold for developing new insights and methodological advances?

DUNIC will invite eminent speakers to address these issues, with particular emphasis on discussing what is good and bad science in this area, what constitutes safe evidence that can be relied upon in making inferences about the brain, and what the future may hold for advances in brain imaging technology.

The day’s activities will include a programme of talks and extended discussion sessions, in an informal atmosphere designed to stimulate a free exchange of ideas.

Further details will be announced in the near future.

The new Durham University neuroimaging centre was officially opened on Nov 23, 2012: