Our department was ranked first nationwide in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We have over 20 groups performing ground-breaking basic and translational research.
As one of the leading psychology departments worldwide, our taught and research-based programmes provide exceptional educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Find out what we are doing to support the well-being of our staff and students, create a welcoming and inclusive environment, and celebrate the successes of our alumni.
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.
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.
Life and Mind Building construction tops out
16 February 2023
Another milestone was reached this week with the topping out ceremony of the new Life and Mind Building.
Daniel Freeman to join EP as Professor of Psychology!
23 January 2023
We are delighted to announce that we are starting the new year with a new appointment – Daniel Freeman has just been appointed as our new Professor of Psychology, joining us from the Psychiatry Department.
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.