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From our Head of Department

Kia Nobre


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.

Professor Kia Nobre

Recent News

Building quality diversity and publicity for mental health research

Building quality, diversity and publicity for mental health research

In a move that will transform future mental health research, Prof Elaine Fox has been made the national Mental Health Impact and Engagement Coordinator for UK Research and Innovation. Read more to find out more about what this means for supporting improved mental health research across the UK.

Nihr grant supports research into anxiety disorders in young children

NIHR grant supports research into anxiety disorders in young children

Professor Cathy Creswell of the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Oxford has been awarded a £2.5 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research to develop and evaluate procedures for identifying and treating anxiety disorders in primary school aged children.

Prof paul salkovskis strengthens our clinical research and teaching offering

Paul Salkovskis joins the department

Distinguished clinical psychologist, Paul Salkovskis joins the department, bringing his clinical and research expertise, heralding a significant evolution in its clinical psychology teaching and research.

Robin dunbar and his life scientific

Robin Dunbar and his Life Scientific

Prof Robin Dunbar, Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology has been in conversation with Jim Al-Khalili on Radio 4's Life Scientific. This fascinating podcast gives takes us on a journey from his early beginnings in science, and his fascinating research and groundbreaking discoveries he's made deciphering the mysteries as to why humans and animals evolve the social habits to exist in friendship circles.

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