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Durham University

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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

Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

Department of Psychology


Chapter in book

Journal Article


Selected Grants

  • 2016: EPS Small Grant - An associative analysis of discrimination learning in autism spectrum disorder, £2500
  • 2016: Smart Application Novel Research Apparatus For Anxiety Disorder And Ptsd (£19870.75 from Innovate UK)
  • 2016: The Role of Autistic-like Traits in Elemental and Configural Processing (£2500.00 from Experimental Psychology Society)
  • 2015: BBSRC - The neural basis of temporal processing in predictive learning, £493,833
  • 2015: The neural basis of temporal processing in predictive learning (£395066.00 from Bbsrc)
  • 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
  • 2013: The Role of Associative and Nonassociative Priming in Feeding Behaviour (£14988.07 from The Royal Society)
  • 2003: EPS Grindley Grant, £500