Research centres and institutes

Below is a list of research centres and institutes related to the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution

The centre brings together a unique group of researchers in the School of Biology and School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, who share a common interests in the study of social learning, cultural evolution and cognitive evolution. Core activities include collaborative research projects, shared postgraduate training, and the organisation of workshops and conferences.

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Centre for Research into Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Centre brings together research from the School of Computer Science, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, School of Management and the School of Psychology and Neuroscience which relates to equality, diversity and inclusion.

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Centre for Higher Education Research (CHER)

The Centre for Higher Education Research (CHER) supports active higher education researchers at St Andrews by championing the importance of higher education research within the University, aiding collaboration around higher education research themes and enabling more higher education research grant applications. 

The centre encourages networking and collaborations between researchers and agencies within the University to influence policy and practice in areas such as pedagogy, evaluation and student experience, student support and retention, and widening participation.  CHER also provides a visible focus for external individuals and agencies interested in understanding the higher education research environment within St Andrews.

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Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences

The Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences is an interdisciplinary community of researchers who study the behaviour of human beings and other animals from cellular, neural, cognitive and evolutionary perspectives. The institute brings together faculty members, research staff and students from the Schools of Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience, Medicine and Chemistry, with the aim of fostering progress at interfaces of the behavioural and neural sciences.

Poster showing areas of research in the Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences

Living Links

Living Links is a field station and research centre of the University of St Andrews, established in partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Edinburgh Zoo. It has large outside and inside enclosures in which capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys live together. These species form mixed-species groups in the wild.

Living Links is designed to support studies by scientists at the Universities of St Andrews, Stirling, Edinburgh and Abertay, who together form the Scottish Primate Research Group (SPRG). Members of SPRG study primate behaviour at many field-sites in the wild, as well as in captivity.

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