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From our Head of Department
At the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology, our mission is to conduct world-leading experimental research to understand the psychological and neural mechanisms relevant to human behaviour. Wherever appropriate, we translate our findings into evidence-based public benefits in mental health and wellbeing, education, industry, and policy. We aim to provide our students with an inspiring and immersive scientific education, and to train the next generation of outstanding researchers with theoretical rigour and cutting-edge methodologies in an inclusive, diverse, and international environment. We are committed to helping individuals thrive in a community that is free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying; and in which people treat one another with respect and dignity in a mutually supportive manner.
The impact of childhood and teenage anxiety disorders on later life – new research
26 April 2023
New research has found that the consequences of anxiety disorders in young people can include mental health issues in adulthood, lower grades at school and lower earnings.
Elephant seals drift off to sleep while diving far below the ocean surface
21 April 2023
A new analysis of elephant seal brainwave patterns has revealed that these mammals take short naps while holding their breath on deep dives, averaging just 2 hours of sleep per day during their long trips at sea. The findings have been published today in the journal Science.
Community play packs inspire families to be more playful at home
16 February 2023
A project led by Alex Hendry working with Oxford Brookes has engaged with parents and early years practitioners in a bid to help families spend more time playing with their children.
Sleep research: Can sleep improve our memory?
18 March 2022
For World Sleep Day 2022, Bernhard Staresina discusses research into the effects of sleep on memory consolidation.