Psychological Sciences & HealthSeminar series

Winter/Spring 2020

All university staff and students welcome

Talk 45-50 mins

Q & A 5-10 mins

The seminar administrator is Dr. Aliyah Rehman - – who should be contacted for zoom links and passwords


Autumn/Winter 2020


Resting State Age Differences in EEG and their Relation to Eye Tracking and Cognitive Performance

Dr. Stephen Badham - Nottingham Trent University

Wednesday 21st October, 1pm-2pm, Zoom

Abstract: Prior research has focused on EEG differences across age or EEG differences across cognitive tasks/ eye tracking, but there are few examples linking age differences in oscillatory neuroactivity to age differences in behavioural performance. In this talk I will outline recent work in this area which aims to address this issue, and in short I argue that individuals with higher slow-wave resting EEG may be more resilient to age deficits in tasks that utilise cross-cortical processing.


Posttraumatic growth following a first episode of psychosis: results from multiple studies

Dr. Gerald Jordan - Yale School of Medicine

Wednesday 28th October, 1pm-2pm, Zoom

Abstract (TBC): A first episode of psychosis (FEP) is often a severe and highly negative experience. However, FEP may also present an opportunity for positive change. While positive changes have been reported following various physical illnesses (e.g., HIV) or traumatic events (e.g., war), very little research has investigated positive changes following FEP. To address this knowledge gap, this presentation will address two research questions: 1) What are the positive changes persons experience following FEP, and 2) What factors or processes may facilitate such changes


Suicidal Thoughts: What They Are and What They Aren’t

Dr. Raymond Tucker - Louisiana State University

Wednesday 4th November, 1pm-2pm, Zoom

Abstract: This presentation will discuss findings from the field of clinical science regarding the phenomenology of suicidal thinking. Specifically, research regarding the temporal dynamics, multi-faceted nature, and predictive ability of suicidal thoughts will be presented.


Alzheimer’s Research (Title TBC) 

Professor Annalena Venneri - University of Sheffield 

Wednesday 11th November, 1pm-2pm, Zoom

Abstract (TBC): Current Research Interests - Early and differential diagnosis of dementia; evaluation of both pharmacological and non pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer´s disease with neuroimaging techniques; clarifying the premorbid biological, personality and cognitive mechanisms underlying psychotic symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases, lifestyle factors and risk of cognitive decline, structural and functional connectivity patterns in neurodegeneration and utility for differential diagnosis; improving individual diagnosis of Alzheimer neurodegeneration with the aid of machine learning algorithms; early cognitive markers; genetic risk and miRNA dysregulation in sporadic AD.


Can face recognition be trained?

Dr. Alice Towler - UNSW Sydney  

Wednesday 18th November, 10am-11am, Zoom

Abstract: People make a surprisingly high number of errors on face recognition tasks that are designed to protect public safety and national security (e.g. passport control). Here, I ask: is it possible to train this skill? Efforts to train face recognition in prosopagnosia patients (face-blindness), the normal population, and the forensic sciences have been largely unsuccessful, leading many to conclude that face recognition is untrainable. However, a unique group of specialist forensic practitioners demonstrate this conclusion is incorrect and reveal a promising new avenue for face recognition training.



Wed 5 Feb

1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Dr Ben Vincent Does delay discounting really relate to Body Mass Index?
Wed 12 Feb 1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Dr Jens Koed Madsen Knowing me, knowing you: psychologically motivated, data-driven micro-targeted political campaigns
Wed 19 Feb 1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Dr Manos Georgiadis Training for resilience against lifestyle stressors: The Heart Rate Variability way
Wed 26 Feb 1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 PhD Students Sofia Pimenta and Stefania Pagani Bystander intervention among Secondary school pupils: Testing the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Prototype Willingness Model and Differences in coping in young people when exposed to their own symptoms versus a friend’s symptoms of poor mental health
Wed 4 Mar 1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Professor Dexter Voisin America The Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighbourhood Trauma in Chicago


Autumn/Winter 2019

Date Time Venue Speaker Title/Topic
Wednesday, 23 October 13:00-14:00 GH514 Assistant Professor Gordon Pennycook Why people fall for fake news
Wednesday, 30 October 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr. Martin Taylor-Rowan Psychological problems in stroke: Improving understanding of the pre-stroke state
Wednesday, 6 November 13:00-14:00 GH514 Professor Zoltan Dienes How to obtain evidence for the Null Hypothesis
Wednesday, 13 November 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr. Christopher Harvey Teensleep: Improving Adolescent Sleep Through Education
Wednesday, 20 November 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr. Liza Morton & Dr. Nicola Cogan Congenital Heart Disease: Psychologically Informed Medicine 
Wednesday, 27 November 13:00-14:00 GH514 3rd Year UG ERASMUS Placement Students ERASMUS International Student Placement Talks

Spring 2019


Wed 16 Jan

1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Guangdong Zhou Peer rejection & children’s reactive/proactive aggression
Wed 30 Jan 1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Simon Bradstreet Digital interventions for psychosis: learning from the EMPOWER study
Wed 13 Feb 1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Javier Escudero Identifying biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease
Wed 20 Feb 1pm-2pm Graham Hills 5.14 Dr Alan Gow Psychology of Ageing
Wed 27 Feb 1pm-2pm TBC Ross White Mental Health in Context

Autumn/Winter 2018

Date Time Venue Speaker Title/Topic
Wednesday, 10 October 13:00-14:00 AB101 David Wilson/Michael Brooks (Birmingham) Overlaps, Tensions and Opportunities: Criminology and Forensic Psychology
Wednesday, 17 October 13:00-14:00 GH514 Alexa Morcom (Edinburgh) Evidence against increased associative false recognition in older adults
Wednesday, 24 October 13:00-14:00 GH701 David Spalding & Luke Meneilly Impacts of anxiety on visual attention and working memory | Effects of intrinsic motivation and attentional control on the motor performance of stroke survivors 
Wednesday, 31 October 13:00-14:00 GH514 Anna Bobak (Stirling) What is super about super-recognisers? Framework for studying superior face recognition
Wednesday, 7 November 13:00-14:00 GH701 Paul Flowers (GCU) Sexual Health Psychology (title TBC)
Wednesday, 14 November 13:00-14:00 GH514 David Giofrè (Liverpool John Moors) TBC
Wednesday, 21 November 13:00-14:00 GH701 Katie Robb (UWS) Cancer screening: understanding barriers and intervening to increase equitable uptake
Wednesday, 28 November 13:00-14:00 GH514 ERASMUS Placement Experience Talks TBC

Seminar Series - 2017/2018

Date Time Venue Speaker Title/Topic
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514 Professor Ronan O'Carroll (University of Stirling) Understanding and overcoming the psychological barriers to organ donation
Wednesday, 7 February 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514 Gerard Campbell & Gail McMillan (University of Strathclyde)

Gerard Campbell:

The role of mood during the incubation period in design creativity", does that give enough info?

Gail McMillan:

Self-regulation in chronic pain

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr Simon Kyle (University of Oxford) Advances in understanding and treating chronic insomnia
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr Simon Hunter (University of Strathclyde) Is more better? On the benefits of a multi-wave longitudinal cohort design (A practical workshop for psychology staff and PhD students follows from 2.30pm at RC434b)
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr Yashar Moshfeghi (University of Strathclyde) TBC
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514  Dr Jonny Smallwood (University of York) Searching for the elements of thought: understanding the role of the default mode network in cognition
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr Suzanne McDonald (University of Newcastle) Re-thinking the Role of N-of-1 (Single-Case) Methods in Behaviour Change Research
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:00-14:00 GH514 Dr Sophie Forster (University of Sussex)


Attention to the external world and our own thoughts



Date Time Venue Speaker Title/Topic
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 13:30-14:30 GH514

Professor Roma Maguire (Speaker)

Dr Lisa McCann (University of Strathclyde)

A Pathway to Digital Health: Then, Now, Future
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 13:30-14:30 GH514  Kirsten Russell & Michele Patrick (University of Strathclyde)

Michele Patrick: Gender differences in the regulation of sadness, anger and fear.

Kirsten Russell: Sleep disturbance as a marker of risk for self-harm in young people

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 13:30-14:30 GH514  Dr Ken MacMahon (University of Edinburgh) Suggestibility in adults with intellectual disabilities: clinical and criminal implications
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 13:30-14:30 GH514  Dr Clara Calia (Heriot-Watt University) Virtual Reality Assessment and Intervention System for the frail and cognitively impaired older adult (VRAIS)
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 13:30-14:30 GH514  Dr Gillian Bruce (University of the West of Scotland) Alcohol Information Processing
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 13:30-14:30 GH701 Dr David Ellis (Lancaster University) Maximising research opportunities for smartphones (and other wearable devices) in psychological science
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 13:30-14:30 GH514  Dr Satu Baylan (University of Glasgow) Mindful music listening, cognitive recovery and mood post-stroke: findings from the MELLO study
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:30-14:30 GH514 ERASMUS Research Danielle Young
Title: Emojis as a sign of deception leakage in online communication
Christina Griva
Title: The Auditory Processing System of The Bat
Anna MacRae
Title: Conflict Adaptation: Studies Between and Within Task
Edit Gedeon
Title: Perceptions of the ‘Brexit’ Referendum
Martin Nemec
Title: Memory Networks and Memory Reconfiguration
Others TBC