School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences Psychology


Differential Psychology


Edinburgh is home to the world's largest group dedicated to Differential Psychology. We use individual differences in behaviour as a window onto psychological mechanisms including the genetic and environmental origins of individual differences in intelligence and personality. We work with diverse data, from brain imaging to reaction time; massive twin and epidemiology datasets, and high-throughput genetic sequencing. Our empirical research is translated into world-leading research on longevity, health, education, social behavior, positive psychology and well-being and animal personality. Our research also addresses how individuals differ from themselves over time and across situations.

Several members of the individual differences group work in the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE), funded to research healthy ageing, targeting the major determinants of health and wellbeing over the whole life course and reducing dependency in later life.

The MSc in Personality and Individual Differences web page provides the course and application information. Information about our Masters and Doctoral programmes is provided from the Psychology Postgraduate home page.