The study of psychology has been organised in various forms in Cambridge for over a century. In 1897 William H.R. Rivers was appointed University Lecturer in Physiological and Experimental Psychology. A proposal for the establishment of a psychophysics laboratory had been put forward as early as the 1870s by James Ward, but it was not until 1912 that a purpose-built Psychological Laboratory was opened on the Downing Site in the centre of Cambridge. Research and teaching in experimental psychology has continued in the Psychological Laboratory to the present day. The Department of Experimental Psychology and Division Social and Developmental Psychology merge to form a unified Department of Psychology in the School of the Biological Sciences. We are one of a handful of analytical laboratories in the UK with expertise in the measurement of dopamine, glutamate, GABA, acetylcholine, and other brain neurotransmitters. During the 25-year lifespan of the Laboratory we have analysed hundreds of thousands of samples for scores of Cambridge neuroscientists and collaborators around the world.
Affiliated colleges Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI); Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience CamCAN; Centre for Family Research; Centre for Neuroscience in Education; Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain; Gender Development Research Centre.
Psychology and Religion Research Group University of Cambridge is going to start research work on Behavioural Neuroscience and Comparative Cognition; Cognitive Neuroscience; Developmental Psychology; Sensory Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology; Social Psychology.
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