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.
Aspartame sensitivity" : a double blind randomised crossover study
Sathyapalan, T., Thatcher, N. J., Hammersley, R., Rigby, A. S., Pechlivanis, A., Gooderham, N. J., …Courts, F. (2015). Aspartame sensitivity? : a double blind randomised crossover study. PloS one, 10(3), e0116212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116212
Trauma in the childhood stories of people who have injected drugs
Hammersley, R., Dalgarno, P., McCollum, S., Reid, M., Strike, Y., Smith, A., …Liddell, D. (2016). Trauma in the childhood stories of people who have injected drugs. Addiction research & theory, 24(2), 135-151. https://doi.org/10.3109/16066359.2015.1093120
Ranking the harm of non-medically used prescription opioids in the UK
van Amsterdam, J., Phillips, L., Henderson, G., Bell, J., Bowden-Jones, O., Hammersley, R., …Nutt, D. (2015). Ranking the harm of non-medically used prescription opioids in the UK. Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP, 73(3), 999-1004. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yrtph.2015.09.014
Food choice by people with intellectual disabilities at day centres: A qualitative study
Cartwright, L., Reid, M., Hammersley, R., Blackburn, C., & Glover, L. (2015). Food choice by people with intellectual disabilities at day centres: A qualitative study. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19(2), 103-115. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629514563423