First-rate facilities for research

Numerical Cognition Lab

From telling the time to deciding which queue to join - we’re processing numbers throughout the day. The Numerical Cognition Lab is a group of researchers investigating numerical cognition in children and adults.

York Neuroimaging Centre

The York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC) is an interdisciplinary focus for brain imaging with fMRI, MEG, EEG, and TMS.

Sleep Lab

Sleep Lab facilities

A brand new facility for the study of language and memory and the influence of sleep

Edinburgh Zoo

Social behaviour and communication in chimpanzees

The Dept of Psychology is part of the Living Links–Budongo trail consortium lead by the University of St Andrews that enables our undergraduate, masters and PhD students to conduct behavioural research with the chimpanzees, squirrel monkeys and capuchin monkeys at Edinburgh Zoo.

York Educational Assessment Clinic

The Centre for Child and Family Studies within which the York Educational Assessment Centre is located is primarily a research and training unit. We currently offer private educational assessments for children and students for a fee of £375. Our assessments take place all year (including over the summer holidays) and appointments are only limited by demand. 

York Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab ‌‌

child with blocks

A new facility to study social and emotional development in infants and young children using brain imaging, psychophysiology, and behavioural methods.

Spatial Hearing Laboratories

Our Labs contain arrays of loudspeakers and video displays – the ‘Ring of Sound’ and the ‘Crescent of Sound’– for studying skills in spatial listening in children and adults.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) enables researchers to test hypotheses about the causes of deficient cognitive performance by temporarily disrupting localised brain activity in healthy volunteers.

Group Testing Lab

This lab space facilitates the testing of multiple participants (up to 6) simultaneously.


Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) involves passing a small electrical current through the brain, via sponge electrodes on the scalp. It can be used to enhance learning, attention and performance on language, semantic and cognitive tasks.

The Wolfson Centre for Child Development and Family Research

berrick saul building

The centre is a self-contained suite of laboratories housed in the Berrick Saul Building. The suite supports a clinic alongside the research of seven principal investigators funded by grants from the ESRC, the Wellcome Trust and the Leverhulme Trust.