Ian Deary


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room F5, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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Who I am and what I do in psychology.

Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

I am Director of the University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, which receives funding from BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC and MRC as part of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

The Disconnected Mind

The Disconnected Mind is our multi-£millon, integrated research project aimed at discovering mechanisms of cognitive ageing, and supported by Help the Aged.

Members of my research team

People working on grant-funded projects with me, what projects they are working on, what posts they have, and who funds them. We and others meet as a Cognitive Ageing Journal Club on Mondays at lunchtime during semesters.

The Lothian Birth Cohort Studies

The Lothian Birth Cohort Studies (Scottish Mental Survey follow-up studies). The Edinburgh-based follow-up studies of the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947.

Reconstructing a Scottish School of Educational Research 1925-1950

An overview of the ESRC funded project (Reconstructing a Scottish School of Educational Research) that investigates why Scotland was such an international force in research in intelligence and education in that period.

Differential Psychology at Edinburgh

At the University of Edinburgh we have a large group of tenured academics and research fellows researching and teaching on the psychology of individual differences.

Areas of interest for supervision

Inquiries from prospective PhD students are welcome. The first year of the postgraduate study would usually be the MSc in the Psychology of Individual Differences, with the next three years being research toward the PhD. I have mentored several Postdoctoral Fellowships, including those in schemes supported by MRC, Wellcome, and RCUK. If you are considering postdoctoral work in any of my research areas, especially cognitive ageing or cognitive epidemiology, please get in touch.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Human intelligence differences. Cognitive ageing. Cognitive epidemiology. Personality traits. Medically unexplained symptoms. General psychometric research.