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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Recent Submissions

  • Cooperation and teaching in the context of cumulative culture 

    Nolte, Suska (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-28) - Thesis
    Cumulative culture enables humans to shape their niche and to live in extreme environments. To understand the factors enabling cumulative culture, we need to understand which cognitive abilities support it, how they ...
  • Stress programming through life history : implications for physiological ageing 

    Walker, David John (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-28) - Thesis
    Stress exposure throughout life can shape ageing phenotypes by causing changes within an individual’s physiology, such that growth, lifespan and many fitness-related traits are significantly and sometimes permanently ...
  • The psychology of crowd policing 

    Cronin, Patrick Declan (University of St Andrews, 2001-06-22) - Thesis
    Traditional psychological explanations of crowd theory have decontextualised events and obscured the fact that crowd incidents are typically inter group encounters. This has led to research being rooted in the crowd ...
  • Muscarinic modulation of the Xenopus laevis tadpole spinal mechanosensory pathway 

    Porter, Nicola Jean; Li, Wen-Chang (2018-05) - Journal article
    Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) mediate effects of acetylcholine (ACh) in many systems, including those involved in spinal functions like locomotion. In Xenopus laevis tadpoles at two days old, a model vertebrate ...
  • Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication 

    Heesen, Raphaela; Hobaiter, Catherine; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Semple, Stuart (2019-02-13) - Journal article
    Studies testing linguistic laws outside language have provided important insights into the organization of biological systems. For example, patterns consistent with Zipf's law of abbreviation (which predicts a negative ...

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