Professor Madeleine Grealy

Head Of School

School of Psychological Sciences and Health

Personal statement

Madeleine joined Strathclyde in March 2000 having previously worked at the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit in London. Her research interests are in the areas of perception and motor control. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and she is also interested in developing exercise rehabilitation programmes for people with brain injuries.


The effects of increased body temperature on motor control during golf putting
Mathers John F., Grealy Madeleine A.
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 7, (2016)
Functional neuroimaging of visual creativity : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Pidgeon Laura M., Grealy Madeleine, Duffy Alex H.B., Hay Laura, McTeague Christopher, Vuletic Tijana, Coyle Damien, Gilbert Sam J.
Brain and Behavior, (2016)
A systematic review of protocol studies on conceptual design cognition
Hay Laura, McTeague Christopher, Duffy Alex H. B., Pidgeon Laura M., Vuletic Tijana, Grealy Madeleine
7th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, (2016)
The effect of self-referential expectation on emotional face processing
McKendrick Mel, Butler Stephen H., Grealy Madeleine A.
PLOS1, pp. 1-20, (2016)
Perceptual bias, more than age, impacts on eye movements during face processing
Williams Louise R., Grealy Madeleine A., Kelly Steve W., Henderson Iona, Butler Stephen H.
Acta Psychologica Vol 164, pp. 127–135, (2016)
The use of visual feedback in upper limb stroke rehabilitation : a pilot randomized controlled trial
Jones Lucy, van Wijck Frederike, Grealy Madeleine, Rowe P J
The European Stroke Organisation - Annual Conference, (2015)

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Research interests

Brain injury. Developing and evaluating rehabilitation interventions for adults with brain injuries. These interventions are based on combining physical activity with cognitive training exercises and are delivered using modified exercise bikes and virtual reality systems.

Ageing.  Age-related changes in perceptuo-motor control and the extent to which perceived movement abilities change the activities older adults engage in.  

Modelling the timing of body movements.  Developing and testing the tau-guide model of the timing of motor actions. Exploring the extent to which the temporal control of movement is similar to other forms of timing such as the perception of a time interval.


Selected Grants

EPSRC 'Feasibility of cognitive based Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)' £908,945 to A.Duffy (PI) and M.Grealy (2015-2018)

Chief Scientist Office 'Feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of a community based, cycling exercise programme to improve physical and psychological outcomes in stroke survivors' £101,307 to M.Grealy (PI) and P.Rowe (2014-2015)

The Dunhill Medical Trust ‘Development of a virtual reality exercise machine for older adults’ £29,763 to M.Grealy (PI) and H.Lakany (2012-2014)

EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £12,236 to D.Dixon, M. Grealy, & S.Webb A. for ‘How infectious is Human Behaviour? (2012)

EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £20,000 to H. Carswell, M. Grealy, P.Rowe & B.Conway for ‘What are the optimum rehabilitation tasks and doses for promoting stem cell function after stroke? ’ (2012)

Chief Scientists Office (Scottish Government) award of £ 151,229  to  N. Mutrie (PI), C. Fitzsimons, D. Rowe, M. Grealy, A. McConnachie, H. Macdonald, M. Grant, M. Granat, D. Skelton & R. Shaw for ‘The feasibility of a pedometer-based walking programme in combination with a physical activity consultation in Scottish adults aged 65 years and over in a primary care setting.’ (2008-2010)

EPSRC ‘Bridging the Gap’ University Award of £10,320 to M. Grealy, A. Thomson & B. Stansfield for ‘Minimizing the risk of exclusion: effective older adult interaction with technology-based exercise machines.’ (2009)

Carrnegie Trust award of £34,200 to F.Pollick (PI, Glasgow University), H.Gallagher (Glasgow Caledonian University), M.Grealy,  D.Brennan (Southern General Hospital), J.Cavanagh (University of Glasgow, Gartnavel Royal Hospital) for a project entitled ‘Brain mechanisms of emotion processing in depression’. (2007-2008)

EPSRC award for £347,363 to A.Nicol (PI), M.Grealy, B.Conway, A.Macdonald and P.Rowe  for a project entitled ‘Integration of biomechanical and psychological parameters of functional performance of older adults into a new computer aided design package for inclusive design’ (2001-2005).

Professional activities

7th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | McTeague, Christopher
Duffy, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) McTeague, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2015 - 01-Feb-2018
Feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of a community based, cycling exercise programme to improve physical and psychological outcomes in stroke survivors
Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2014 - 30-Apr-2016
BTG: Development of a visually immersive gait training system for use in the walking rehabilitation of stroke survivors combining the scientific disciplines of biomechanics and motor learning
Kerr, Andrew (Academic) Grealy, Madeleine (Academic) Stankovic, Vladimir (Academic) Childs, Craig (Academic) Rowe, Philip (Academic)
The installation of a CAREN (computer assisted rehabilitation environment) system within the Biomedical Engineering department offers the opportunity to develop specific rehabilitation applications for commercial exploitation and clinical research. Stroke survivors are one of the biggest users of rehabilitation services with around 1.1 million survivors in the UK. Walking is a high priority for this population but most do not recover independent walking. This project aims to combine expertise across the University along with a users’ panel of stroke survivors to co-produce a prototype gait training application ready for marketing, through an existing commercial partner, and suitable for clinical research.
Period 03-Mar-2014 - 31-Dec-2014
Development of a virtual reality ergometer
Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator) Lakany, Heba (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2012 - 31-May-2014
How infectious is human behaviour? (Bridging the Gap, University of Strathlyde)
Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Dixon, Diane (Co-investigator)
We assume that our behaviour is entirely under our conscious control. However, evidence indicates that our ability to exercise conscious, intentional control over our behaviour is quite limited. We know that humans mimic the behaviour of others and that we do this without any conscious awareness. This suggests that our behaviour is infectious and might be regarded as a contagion. Epidemiologists have built mathematical models to understand the spread of infections, such as influenza, within populations. In this study we examine whether these models can also be used to understand the transmission of human behaviour.
Period 01-Mar-2012 - 30-Jun-2013

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