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Professor Emeritus (Psychology), Charles Sturt University

Ben gained his first degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, and his PhD from Edinburgh University. He has taught psychology on three continents, won ARC and NH&MRC grants in Australia, as well as grants from Harvard University and the British Academy. He was the Foundation Professor of Psychology at Charles Sturt University (1998-2017). His books include the widely-translated Visions of Infancy (1989, Polity), Psychology and Experience (2005, CUP), and his latest: Darwin's Psychology: The Theatre of Agency (2020, OUP). Research highlights include studies with Jane Selby and Michael Smithson, proving young infants can participate in social groups before they form their first attachment to an adult; and, on the literary structure of Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859). His film Darwin's Babies, received its world premiere at Darwin 2009: A Celebration of the Bicentenary of Darwin's Birth in Cambridge, UK.


  • –present
    Professor Emeritus (Psychology), Charles Sturt University


  • 1980 
    Edinburgh, PhD/Psychology