Professor Peter Bryant

I am a developmental psychologist. My research is about children’s perception and their logical reasoning.

My first degree was in Psychology at Cambridge University (1961).  I did my Phd at the  Institute of Psychiatry, University of London (1963) and continued working there until 1967 when I went to Oxford University as a university lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology and the tutorial fellow in Psychology at St John’s College. In 1980 I was appointed the Watts Professor of Psychology in the same department  and a Professorial Fellow in Wolfson College. I retired from my position as the Watts Professor in 2004 and am now a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education in Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College.

I was given the British Psychology Society’s President’s Award in 1984 and was elected to the Academia Europaea in 1990. I was made a  Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991 (sorry if I’m boring you).

In 1991 I received the APPORT International Award for “contributions to Psychology and co-operation with Portuguese Psychology”.  In 1999 I was given the award for Outstanding Scientific Contribution by the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading . I was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2013.

I was the founding editor from 1982 to 1986 of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology. I was also the editor of Cognitive Development from 2000-2005.


  • Honorary Research Fellow

College affiliation

  • Wolfson College

Subject area

  • MSc Education (Child Development and Education)

Research groups

  • Children Learning

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