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Department of Psychology


Dr David Sanderson, BSc, PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43242
Room number: L10

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Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the psychological processes that govern learning and memory, and in investigating the neural basis of these processes. I am particularly interested in understanding how short-term memories affect the formation of long-term associations between stimuli. My recent research has shown that the GluA1 subunit of the AMPA receptor plays an important role in short-term memory expression and may regulate the degree to which long-term memories are encoded.


  • 2012 - present: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Durham University
  • 2010 - 2012: Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford
  • 2005 - 2012: Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
  • 2005: PhD, Psychology, BBSRC studentship, Cardiff University
  • 2001: BSc, Psychology, Cardiff University

Editorial Duties

  • 2013: Associate Editor for Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Thesis Examination

  • 2011: External examiner, PhD thesis, University of Nottingham 
  • 2014: External examiner, PhD thesis, Cardiff University

Invited Talks

  • 2015: Interactions between short-term memory and long-term learning: The role of the GluA1 AMPAR subunit in information processing. School of Psychology, University of Nottingham.
  • 2010: Two kinds of working memory - a problem in moving from humans to animal models. Interdepartmental Psychopharmacology Meeting, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.
  • 2010: The role of GluA1 in recognition memory. Symposium: Basic processes in learning. Joint meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society and Spanish Experimental Psychological Society (SEPEX), Granada, Spain.
  • 2008: GluR-A and spatial recognition memory: can impaired short-term memory lead to enhanced long-term learning? Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
  • 2007: The role of GluR-A-dependent hippocampal synaptic plasticity in short-term memory: A novel take on the LTP/learning literature. In a session titled ‘The Mechanisms of Learning: From molecules to memory, from Wigstrom to Wagner’. Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oxford. 

Peer reviewing for journals and funding bodies: BBSRC; Behavioral Neuroscience; Behavioural Brain Research; Behavioural Processes; BMC Neuroscience; Brain and Neuroscience Advances; Brain, Behavior, and Immunity; Brain Research Bulletin; Cerebral Cortex; European Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes; Journal of Psychopharmacology; Journal of Neuroinflammation; Learning & Behavior; Learning & Memory; Learning and Motivation; MRC; Naturwissenschaften; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Neuropharmacology; Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews; Pharmacology; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences; Psychopharmacology; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Department of Biosciences

  • Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology


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Selected Grants

  • 2016: EPS Small Grant - An associative analysis of discrimination learning in autism spectrum disorder, £2500
  • 2015: BBSRC - The neural basis of temporal processing in predictive learning, £493,833
  • 2013: EPS Small Grant - The effect of overtraining on cue competition, £2500
  • 2013: Royal Society Research Grant - The role of associative and nonassociative priming in feeding behaviour, £14988
  • 2003: EPS Grindley Grant, £500