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Made At Uni - Nation's Lifesavers.

Thursday 30 May 2019

Dr Maggie Ellis named as one of the Nation's Lifesavers.

Prof Julie Harries

Prof Harris awarded prestigious research grant.

Friday 12 April 2019

Professor Julie Harris has been awarded over £180,000 by the Leverhulme Trust.

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50th Anniversary

Monday 01 April 2019

This year the School will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary!

Students attending the Scottish British Psychological Society conference 2019

School undergraduates win 3 prizes.

Monday 01 April 2019

British Psychology Society Scottish Undergraduate Conference

Elizabeth Loftus

The Annual Jeeves Lecture 2019

Monday 11 March 2019

Prof Elizabeth Loftus - "The Fiction of Memory"

Dr Cat Hobaiter for International Women's Day

International Women's Day - Dr Cat Hobaiter

Friday 08 March 2019

UK Research and Innovation showcase Dr Cat Hobaiter for International Women's Day.

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Gareth Miles talks to Good Morning Scotland

Friday 14 December 2018

Professor Miles talks about his teams research into Motor Neuron Disease.

Dundee Science Centre representation of the child area.

ABC Lab co-designs early years ‘Living Lab’ with Dundee Science Centre

Wednesday 08 August 2018

A whole exhibition dedicated to early years visitors that supports research into early years development.

Gareth Miles

A change of Heads

Thursday 02 August 2018

Staff past and present gather to mark the occassion.

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National Student Survey Results 2018

Thursday 02 August 2018

Psychology and Neuroscience results are in!

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School gains Athena SWAN Silver award

Thursday 05 July 2018

The Athena SWAN Silver award recognises the School’s efforts in promoting gender equality and an inclusive environment.

Stanford Prison Experiment plaque.

Standford Prison Experiment not what we thought?

Thursday 28 June 2018

New evidence from the Zimbardo archives challenges everything you have taught (or been taught) about the Stanford Prison Experiment

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Double first!

Friday 20 July 2018

There have been some notable successes for the School of Psychology and Neuroscience in national league tables.


Rats help each other out just as humans do

Monday 05 February 2018

Food swapped for grooming favours


Professor Reicher on Turkey

Thursday 01 February 2018

This week Steve Reicher, Professor of Social Psychology, was in Istanbul as an observer under the auspices of the International Society for Political Psychology at the trial of an academic colleague accused of terrorist propaganda by the Turkish Government. This is his personal first-hand account.


Killer whale can mimic human speech

Wednesday 31 January 2018

“Wikie” can repeat the words “hello” and “bye bye”


Mate-choice copying in humans – are all the taken men good?

Monday 29 January 2018

New study casts doubt on theories about human partner-choice

Cell Block Science

Wednesday 03 January 2018

Wellcome funding boost for innovative science engagement programme

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Is it right to say people caught in a terror scare 'panic'?

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Professor Steve Reicher responds in this BBC article.

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Nevitt Sandford award 2017

Friday 11 August 2017

Professor Stephen Reicher has received the Nevitt Sandord award from the International Society for Political Psychology.

Maggie Ellis

New communication technique helps people with dementia

Thursday 03 August 2017

Method could reduce social isolation


‘Animal culture’ reshapes ideas about evolution

Monday 24 July 2017

Adaptation led by cultural change may shape genetic evolution

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Animal cognition expert honoured by the British Psychological Society

Monday 24 July 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award for Professor Richard Byrne


How “great” an ape are you?

Thursday 20 July 2017

Online test reveals if humans instinctively understand our closest relatives


Dramatic differences spotted in chimp communities

Friday 23 June 2017

Neighbours vary in hunting and rank


Chimps pass on knowledge to the next generation

Thursday 01 June 2017

Apes have ability thought to be unique to humans


Beauty and the beholder

Thursday 18 May 2017

Familiar faces breed attraction, according to new research

Women in Science Festival 2017

Wednesday 08 March 2017

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the hard Science?


Woody Woodpecker laughs in the face of politics

Wednesday 08 March 2017

New evidence suggests birds have mastered cooperative living

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Science Fiction Make Believe Essay Competition

Monday 06 March 2017

Winners of our annual Scottish-wide essay competition 2017

UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Monday 13 February 2017

In recognition of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we describe some of the School’s outreach activities with school-aged children.


Lizards and Ladders

Monday 06 February 2017

First evidence of how early social environment affects lizard learning

The Politics of Hope: Donald Trump as an Entrepreneur of Identity

Monday 21 November 2016

The president-elect won the election by artfully shaping and responding to his supporters’ views


With a little help from my friends

Wednesday 02 November 2016

Family and friends reduce stress in wild chimpanzees

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Apes can understand how others see the world

Monday 10 October 2016

"Uniquely" human trait present in all apes

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Baby and Child Lab - Family Fun Day

Friday 07 October 2016

Studying how children think and learn

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Psychology & Neuroscience top in the UK

Tuesday 24 May 2016

The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has been ranked the best the UK, according to a new higher education league table published Mon 23 May, 2016.

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Stefan Pulver wins teaching award.

Monday 16 May 2016

Stefan Pulver wins the 2016 AD Instruments Macknight Early Career Innovative Educator Award.

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The Science of Shakespeare podcast - The Guardian

Monday 25 April 2016

Prof Steve Reicher talks Julius Caesar and Crowd Manipulation.

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Teaching Awards 2015-16

Thursday 21 April 2016

School winners of this year's University Teaching Awards

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Why girls who mature early go for masculine men

Thursday 14 April 2016

Research sheds light into the effect of early puberty on mating preferences

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Understanding the appeal of ISIS

Wednesday 30 March 2016

A new analysis of how ordinary people become terrorists

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Apes remember their old friends' voices

Tuesday 29 March 2016

Bonobos can recall past group members even after years apart 


Easter chicks give pupils “eggs-tra” science lesson

Friday 25 March 2016

Youngsters learn important role of eggs in nature

Professor Stephen Reicher, Professor of Psychology

Don’t sweat it

Monday 22 February 2016

Scientists discover why people are sometimes less offended by body odour


Blinded by beauty

Friday 19 February 2016

Good looks make it impossible for teachers to rate academic performance


“Goth” parrots join exclusive tool-using elite

Wednesday 16 December 2015

New evidence discovered of skills in parrots

Testing English Cricketers performance and vision

Tuesday 08 December 2015

Does superior vision give top athletes an edge?

Scotland's 30 most promising researchers

Friday 23 October 2015

Kate Cross was selected to attend the Scottish Crucible programme for 2015.

Sunscreen or camouflage?

Monday 12 October 2015

Why so many animals have dark backs and pale bellies.

Kate Cross and Lewis Dean at the Fringe

Alas, Poor Darwin...?

Thursday 03 September 2015

Applying evolutionary theory to human behaviour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Study finds tall 35-year-old men appear more dominant than others

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Tall, masculine men aged around 35 are perceived to be most dominant by others, according to new research

Professor Stephen Reicher, Professor of Psychology

University of St Andrews Professor named Fellow of British Academy

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Accolade for leading psychologist.

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Have you had your clay this morning?

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Chimpanzees may ‘detox’ tannins in their diet by eating clay

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Morals and Norms

Thursday 25 June 2015

BBC Radio - The Human Zoo.

Image of Maggie Ellis presenting.

Public Lecture: Dementia Doesn't Steal Connection

Thursday 25 June 2015

Public Lecture 5th Oct 2015: Dementia Doesn't Steal Connection

Lahore literature review video workshop

Tuesday 09 June 2015

Lahore video workshop and literature review.

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BBC Radio - Brainwaves

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Gillian Brown was a member of a panel discussion on "Gender and the Brain"

Science Discovery Day 2015

Tuesday 10 March 2015

The University's annual Science Discovery Day

What is déjà vu?

Wednesday 04 March 2015

Akira O'Connor and Julia Teale have been published in the children's journal Frontiers for Young Minds.

Chimpanzees sharing. Photo by Sophie Pearson, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Caring and sharing is monkey business

Monday 19 January 2015

New research reveals chimps and children learn kindness from others

REF 2014

Thursday 18 December 2014

How the School of Psychology & Neuroscience fared in the REF 2014 results.

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Size Matters

Thursday 27 November 2014

Research shows taller, heavier men are perceived as more masculine 

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Great British Bioscience Festival - Animal Culture

Friday 21 November 2014

Great British Bioscience Festival - Animal Culture

Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Simple task suggests primate understanding of objects, say scientists

Just obeying orders?

Friday 12 September 2014

Rethinking obedience and atrocity.

Social identity in crowds

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Are the police getting it right?

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We Are Family

Tuesday 05 August 2014

Social bonds are crucial for adoption in wild chimpanzees


Casting the net

Thursday 10 July 2014

Internet access influences who you find attractive, say researchers


Elephants know their audience

Wednesday 09 July 2014

Research finds elephants understand different visual perspectives


All in hand

Friday 04 July 2014

Researchers work out what chimp gestures mean

St Andrews in the twilight

Forgive to forget

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Forgiving you is hard but forgetting seems easy

St Andrews scoop prizes from RSE

St Andrews scoop prizes from RSE

Tuesday 01 April 2014

Leading academics from the University of St Andrews scooped half of this year’s Royal Society of Edinburgh prizes.

Infant monkey and mother

Keeping it in the family

Wednesday 26 February 2014

How young monkeys learn from their mums

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The eye has it

Monday 14 October 2013

Researchers show that seeing in 3D with one eye is possible


Elephants making a point

Thursday 10 October 2013

How elephants understand humans best


Picking up mistakes

Friday 27 September 2013

How playing an instrument can sharpen the mind

Jane Goodall meets Hillary Clinton

Dr Jane Goodall DBE and Hillary Clinton discuss international conservation.

Monday 16 September 2013

University of St Andrews 600 celebrations.

Dr Kate Cross

Sex differences in behaviour - has the thrill gone?

Friday 30 August 2013

New study shows men take fewer risks

Squirrel monkeys

Monkey business - it's not what you know, but who you know

Thursday 27 June 2013

Social networks shape monkey “culture”

Noha group feeding on pink corn

Culture vultures

Thursday 25 April 2013

Monkeys found to conform to social norms.

Opening minds to the mind

Opening minds to the mind

Wednesday 03 April 2013

Event at the University of St Andrews reveals how the brain works.

Professor Andrew Whiten

Outstanding researcher honoured by leading national body

Friday 22 March 2013

St Andrews scientist rewarded.

The Irvine Memorial Medal Lecture 2013

Friday 15 March 2013

The Irvine Memorial Medal Lecture 2013 - Dr Josep Call

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Quick Brown Fox Can't Find Camouflaged Quail Eggs

Friday 15 March 2013

Two of our academics (Dr Karen Spencer and Dr George Lovell) recently featured in Véronique LaCapra's NPR broadcast on camouflaged quail eggs.

A question of trust

A question of trust

Monday 21 January 2013

St Andrews researchers awarded £2.6m to ask ‘the big questions’.

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'The greatest show on earth'

Thursday 17 January 2013

Why Hindu festival has surprising lessons for us all

Indian crowd

'The greatest show on earth' has surprising lessons for us all

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Researchers to unveil findings in the new year.

View of St Salvator's Chapel from Butts Wynd

Enthusiasm for evil

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Decade-long study shows perpetrators are not simply programmed to obey.

Touch-screen technology to address malnutrition in older adults

Touch-screen technology to address malnutrition in older adults

Thursday 08 November 2012

Computer system aims to help people stay healthy.


Why crowds are good for you

Thursday 18 October 2012

Participation is important for well-being, according to scientists.

Vervet monkeys (credit Dr Erica van de Waal)

Monkey see, monkey do

Thursday 11 October 2012

Humans are not the only creatures who learn through imitation, new research has found.

St Andrews in the twilight

In the pink

Monday 08 October 2012

Why women find men with rosy cheeks attractive.

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Sporting ability could be a matter of brain over brawn

Monday 17 September 2012

A new research project aims to discover whether visual processing is key to success.

Joanne Persson

Psychology student is awarded prestigious bursary for memory study

Wednesday 18 July 2012

University of St Andrews research will be presented at major conference.

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Remembering to forget

Thursday 21 June 2012

How it is possible to forget emotional memories

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Gorilla communication: mums use 'baby talk' gestures - BBC News

Thursday 14 June 2012

Prof Richard Byrne is quoted in this BBC News article.

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Hot or not?

Wednesday 30 May 2012

The merest interaction with a member of the opposite sex can bring a glow to a woman’s face, according to a new study.

Aerial view of St Andrews by Dr Stephen Evans

How rivalries bring out the good side in tough guys

Monday 28 May 2012

Men who look aggressive and untrustworthy might actually be good guys.

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You look good enough to eat

Wednesday 07 March 2012

How ‘5 a day’ can improve appearance in just 6 weeks.

Police officers dealing with a riot. Photography Jason Conlon (SXC)

I predict a riot

Monday 05 December 2011

"Mad Mobs & Englishmen": Prof Steve Reicher presents...

Mad Mobs and Englishmen?

New book reveals the myths and realities of the English riots this year

Friday 18 November 2011

Experts in crowd behaviour say August riots were not mindless criminality.

Blonde woman's face

It's written all over their face

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Why a feminine face signals desire for lots of children.

Charles Darwin

Evolution of the evolutionary mind

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Human mind is not a relic of the Stone Age.

Handing over money

You're paying, because I'm more attractive

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Why it pays to look good.

Lukaya (photo credit: Zanna Clay)

Primate scream

Thursday 03 March 2011

Bonobos make most noise when mating with high ranking partners.

Looking good on greens

Monday 10 January 2011

Research suggests eating vegetables gives you a healthy tan.