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Andy Young



  • Bedford College, University of London 
    BSc in Psychology, 1971
  • University of Warwick 
    PhD, 1974
  • University of London 
    DSc, 1990

Held posts in the Psychology Departments of Aberdeen, Lancaster and Durham Universities. Also worked at Cambridge as a member of the staff of the Medical Research Council's Applied Psychology Unit. Research interests in the neuropsychology and experimental psychology of face perception. This has included functional neuroimaging and studies of people with different types of brain injury and psychiatric conditions.

Listed in ISI as one of the most-cited scientists in Psychology and Psychiatry. For citation information, see if you have access to ISI or Web of Science, otherwise Google Scholar.


  • University of Aberdeen
    Lecturer (1974 - 1976)
  • University of Lancaster
    Lecturer, then Reader (1976 - 1989)
  • University of Durham
    Professor (1989 - 1993)
  • Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge
    Special Appointment, MRC Scientific Staff (1993 - 1997)
  • University of York
    Professor of Neuropsychology (1997 - 2016)


  • British Psychological Society
    1994 Cognitive Psychology Award (for A.W. Young, F. Newcombe, E.H.F. de Haan, M. Small and D.C. Hay. Face perception after brain injury: selective impairments affecting identity and expression. Brain, 1993, 116, 941-959).
  • British Psychological Society
    1995 Presidents' Award (for distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge).
  • University of Liege 
    Docteur Honoris Causa, 2000.
  • British Academy 
    Elected Fellow, 2001.
  • British Psychological Society
    2001 Book Award (for V. Bruce and A.W. Young. In the eye of the beholder: the science of face perception. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Academy of Social Sciences 
    Elected Academician, 2004.
  • British Psychological Society 
    Honorary Fellow, 2005.
  • British Psychological Society
    2007 Cognitive Psychology Award (for A.J. Calder and A.W. Young. Understanding the recognition of facial identity and facial expression. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2005, 6, 641-651).
  • British Journal of Psychology 
    2011 special issue on ‘Person perception 25 years after Bruce and Young (1986)’. British Journal of Psychology, 102, 695-974.
  • British Psychological Society 
    2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.
  • British Psychological Society 
    2014 Cognitive Psychology Award (for R.J. Harris, A.W. Young and T.J. Andrews. Morphing between expressions dissociates continuous from categorical representations of facial expression in the human brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2012, 109, 21164-21169).
  • Experimental Psychology Society 
    2017 Forty-fifth Bartlett Lecture.



Human neuropsychology and experimental psychology: face perception, recognition of emotion.

You can find an audio interview about my research here.

Or the 2017 Bartlett Lecture presentation here.

Research group(s)

  • Adult Cognition and Neuropsychology

Available PhD research projects

I regret that I am no longer able to take new PhD students.


Selected publications

  • For a list of publications, see Google Scholar.
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External activities


  • British Academy
  • Fellow
    Chair, Psychology Section (2011 - 2012)
  • British Association for Advancement of Science
    President of Psychology Section (1997 - 1998)
  • British Neuropsychological Society
    Chair (1998 - 2000)
  • British Psychological Society
    Honorary Fellow and life member
  • Experimental Psychology Society
    President (2004 - 2005)

Editorial duties

  • British Journal of Psychology
    Action Editor
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
    Editorial Board

Contact details

Andy Young
Department of Psychology
Room PS/C205

Tel: 01904 323159