The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has consistently been ranked one of the best research departments in the UK. Our research is broadly organised around 5 research themes, namely human cognition, neuroscience, origins of mind, perception, and social psychology, with many members of the School carrying out research in more than one theme. Researchers from the School also contribute to numerous interdisciplinary research centres and institutes.

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  • A second inheritance system : the extension of biology through culture 

    Whiten, Andrew (2017-10-06) - Journal article
    By the mid-twentieth century (thus following the ‘Modern Synthesis’ in evolutionary biology), the behavioural sciences offered only the sketchy beginnings of a scientific literature documenting evidence for cultural ...
  • Bifurcations of limit cycles in a reduced model of the Xenopus tadpole central pattern generator 

    Ferrario, Andrea; Merrison-Hort, Robert; Soffe, Stephen R.; Li, Wen-Chang; Borisyuk, Roman (2018-07-18) - Journal article
    We present the study of a minimal microcircuit controlling locomotion in two-day-old Xenopus tadpoles. During swimming, neurons in the spinal central pattern generator (CPG) generate anti-phase oscillations between left ...
  • Stress hormones, social associations and song learning in zebra finches 

    Boogert, Neeltje J.; Lachlan, Robert F.; Spencer, Karen A; Templeton, Christopher N; Farine, Damien R (2018-09-26) - Journal article
    The use of information provided by others is a common short-cut adopted to inform decision-making. However, instead of indiscriminately copying others, animals are often selective in what, when and whom they copy. How do ...
  • Compositionality in animals and humans 

    Townsend, Simon W.; Engesser, Sabrina; Stoll, Sabine; Zuberbühler, Klaus; Bickel, Balthasar (2018-08-15) - Journal article
    A key step in understanding the evolution of human language involves unravelling the origins of language’s syntactic structure. One approach seeks to reduce the core of syntax in humans to a single principle of recursive ...
  • Does age matter? The impact of rodent age on study outcomes 

    Jackson, Samuel J.; Andrews, Nick; Ball, Doug; Bellantuono, Ilaria; Gray, James; Hachoumi, Lamia; Holmes, Alan; Latcham, Judy; Petrie, Anja; Potter, Paul; Rice, Andrew; Ritchie, Alison; Stewart, Michelle; Strepka, Carol; Yeoman, Mark; Chapman, Kathryn (2017-04-01) - Journal article
    Rodent models produce data which underpin biomedical research and non-clinical drug trials, but translation from rodents into successful clinical outcomes is often lacking. There is a growing body of evidence showing that ...

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