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Psychobiology Section

Psychobiologists research how psychological factors like cognition, mood and appraisal combine with biological events like stress physiology, changes in brain function, and pharmacological effects, to shape the human experience.

About

The Psychobiology Section of the BPS provides a forum for the discussion and professional issues for people with interests in the more biological aspects of psychology, and its primary aim is to complement the functions of specialised research groups within these various areas.

Its present membership includes those active in multiple fields of psycho-physiology, including:

  • psychopharmacology
  • physiological psychology
  • animal behaviour
  • behavioural genetics
  • learning theory
  • neuropsychology

And it is the constant striving to understand these mind-body interactions which provides psychobiology with a unique perspective on humanity.

Publications

Psychobiology Section newsletter

Awards & funding

2022 Psychobiology Section Undergraduate Project Prize - closing date 30 September 2022

The Psychobiology Section Undergraduate Project Prize recognises outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students in the area of Psychobiology. Eligible projects can use any methodology, but the research must be grounded in psychobiological theory. The lack of opportunity for students to conduct face to face testing during the pandemic will be taken into account when selecting a winner.

How to Apply

You will be asked for the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of Supervisor
  • Institution
  • Student Email Address
  • Title of Project
  • *Letter of support from Supervisor
  • *Fully assessed dissertation
  • *Any other supporting documents

** You will be asked to upload the answers to these questions as a file attachments. We advise that you save your submission on a document before you start the online form.

The prize winner will receive a bursary to attend the Section’s ASM 2022, and must be available to present their work via an oral presentation at the meeting, 7th-9th September 2022.  The winner will also be expected to write up their work as a short article for the Section Newsletter. 

Closing date 23:30 Friday 30 September 2022

Make a submission to the Undergraduate Project Prize

2022 Psychobiology Section Research Award

Number and size of awards:

The number and size of the awards is currently undetermined, and will be guided by the applications themselves. Applicants are instructed that bids can be made up to the maximum amount available (£5,000) and that smaller amounts will be more easily awarded but larger amounts are available for particularly impressive projects.

Criteria:
  • Applicants must be members of the Psychobiology Section
  • The funding should be used towards research based in the UK
  • The award can be used to support a variety of costs including e.g. equipment, software, research assistant time, participant payments etc. but must be able to cover the costs in full
  •  The application must make clear why the proposed research is relevant to this scheme (i.e. it must explain how the research falls under the remit of psychobiology)
  • The successful applicant must commit to disseminating their research at a relevant section event and/or communications and outline a dissemination plan in their application
Selection:
  • The Psychobiology Section Committee will judge applications based on reach, originality, viability, and likely contribution to the field
  • The section reserves the right to not make any award if the applications do not meet the criteria, nor commit to using the full funding amount again, if there are not enough suitable applications.
  • The decision of the Committee is final.

Submit your nomination for the Psychobiology Section Research Award

2021 Psychobiology Section Undergraduate Project Prize

The Psychobiology Section Undergraduate Project Prize recognises outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students in the area of Psychobiology. Eligible projects can use any methodology, but the research must be grounded in psychobiological theory. The lack of opportunity for students to conduct face to face testing during the pandemic will be taken into account when selecting a winner.

How to apply

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2022.

You will be asked for the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of Supervisor
  • Institution
  • Student Email Address
  • Title of Project
  • *Letter of support from Supervisor
  • *Fully assessed dissertation
  • *Any other supporting documents

** You will be asked to upload the answers to these questions as a file attachments. We advise that you save your submission on a document before you start the online form.

Committee

Chair: Philippa Jackson

Honorary Treasurer: James Jackson

Honorary Secretary: Catherine Loveday

Committee Members

  • Kyla Pennington
  • Michael Smith
  • Philip Norman Murphy
  • Richard Stephens

Webmaster and Newsletter Editor: Vacant

PsyPAG Representative: Sarah Docherty

Join

Membership of the Psychobiology Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member, you can join the Section at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

Apply to join the society

Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Psychobiology Section Membership

  • Eligibility to apply for a range of awards and bursaries. 
  • Reduced registration fees for the Psychobiology Annual Scientific Meeting. 
  • Regular issues of the Section newsletter.
  • Regular updates via our membership announcement e-mail list. 

Member Announcement Email List

The Psychobiology Section uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Section you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Psychobiology Section
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'Psychobiology Section announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with Psychobiology Section Committee

The Psychobiology Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or student members, and together form an open and inclusive community.