Outstanding research


Excellent teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Dedicated international student support programme and personnel

MEG experiment

Superb research and teaching facilities

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At the University of York, in the top 10 in the UK and the top 100 universities in the world

York, a beautiful and historic English city

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of York, a friendly department with a reputation for excellence in research, teaching and support for students. We are one of the UK's leading psychology departments and one of the top 50 in the World. Our research was ranked fourth in the UK in the most recent assessment of research quality, with 95% being classified as world-leading or internationally excellent.

News and events

Smartphone face recognition improved by copying the brain

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Face recognition security on smartphones can be significantly improved if users store an ‘average’ photo of themselves.

University of York seeks Professor of Clinical/Forensic Psychology

Posted on Monday 23 March 2015

The Department aims to appoint a leading academic to develop world-class research and extend our teaching excellence in these areas.

‘Face Facts’ say ScienceGrrl Psychologists

Posted on Wednesday 11 March 2015

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr Kay Ritchie and Eilidh Noyes challenge visitors’ face perception skills at the Yorkshire Museum

Dr Jonny Smallwood wins €1.8M European Research Council grant

Posted on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Jonny’s project, entitled “Not all minds that wander are lost”, will explore the mechanisms that support our capacity to generate conscious thoughts.

Dr Nick Barraclough secures multimillion pound interdisciplinary grant

Posted on Thursday 26 February 2015

A University of York interdisciplinary collaboration has led to a large research grant being secured.

Specialist neuroimaging workshop announced.

Posted on Monday 23 February 2015

Two day course in Multivariate Pattern Analysis tools, May 11-12 2015.

Supporting women in science

Athena Swan Silver Award

Our commitment to supporting women in science has earned a silver Athena SWAN award. 



External Seminar: Title TBC

4.00PM, PS/B020

Dr Chris Bird - University of Sussex


pyMVPA Workshop 2015: Multivariate Pattern Analysis (MVPA) of Neuroimaging Data with PyMVPA

9.00AM, Department of Psychology, University of York

The course will be taught by the authors of the PyMVPA software: Yaroslav Halchenko, Dartmouth College and Michael Hanke, University of Magdeburg. Course language will be English.

What's happening in the Department?


See what's being shown on Psychology's laser display board. [swf ~1Mb]

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