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Professor Nick Neave Public Lecture

Northumbria University


'Filling and Filing: The psychology of physical and digital hoarding behaviours'

Professor Nick Neave, Professor of Psychology

Hoarding has often been viewed as an eccentric lifestyle choice, however, Hoarding Disorder is now a recognised mental illness. Professor Nick Neave's research has shown that such behaviours can be extremely costly, not only to the individual who hoards, but also to the various agencies who become involved with individuals who hoard. These costs can be physical, social, environmental and economic. The significant costs of digital data hoarding are also now becoming apparent, with reduced organizational  efficiency and increased risks in relation to cybersecurity and GDPR non-compliance. This talk will explain the psychological characteristics behind physical and digital hoarding behaviours and describe developments in our understanding of such behaviours.

About the speaker

Professor Nick Neave is a Professor within the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University. He is Faculty Director of Ethics and Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee. His research interests include hoarding behaviours, psychological characteristics of soccer officials, 2D:4D finger length ratio, and superstitious and conspiracy belief.


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