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Professor Richard Hammersley

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Richard Hammersley

Professor of Health Psychology

Biography Richard Hammersley became a psychologist because he was fascinated by animal behaviour as a child and because his headmaster advised him to become a lawyer or a doctor instead.

He remains fascinated, or perhaps perplexed, by human behaviour and nowadays he studies the psychology of drug and alcohol use and addiction, and the psychology of human feeding behaviour.

He did his undergraduate degree at Edinburgh and his PhD in memory at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge (now the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit).

Since then he has worked at UCSD, Lethbridge, all three universities in Glasgow, Sheffield, Swansea, Essex and Hull.