Dr William McGeown

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in August 2013.  I was previously employed as a Lecturer for 5 years within the Department of Psychology (University of Hull) and prior to that I held research positions for 3 years within The Clinical Neuroscience Centre (University of Hull).

My research interests are mostly centred on the cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms that are found in Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementias.  A secondary research interest relates to suggestibility and hypnosis. 

I am an Associate Fellow within the BPS, a member of the Division of Neuropsychology, and a Chartered Psychologist.


Has expertise in:


    Neuropsychiatric symptoms

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

    Normal ageing

    Hypnosis and suggestibility

    Neuroimaging and neuropsychological research methods


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) (University of Hull)

PhD (University of Hull)

Master in Research Methods (MRes) Diploma (University of Aberdeen)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Aberdeen)


Brain activation patterns characterizing different phases of motor action : execution, choice and ideation
Gardini Simona, Venneri Annalena, McGeown William Jonathan, Toraci Cristian, Nocetti Luca, Porro Carlo Adolfo, Caffarra Paolo
Brain Topography Vol 29, pp. 679-692 (2016)
Hypnosis, hypnotic suggestibility, and meditation : an integrative review of the associated brain regions and networks
McGeown William J
Hypnosis and Meditation (2016) (2016)
Activities of daily living in Alzheimer's disease : cognitive and neural correlates
Kane Laura MA, McGeown William J
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) (2015) (2015)
Aging and the number sense : preserved basic non-symbolic numerical processing and enhanced basic symbolic processing
Norris Jade E, McGeown William J, Guerrini Chiara, Castronovo Julie
Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science Vol 6 (2015)
Structural and functional correlates of hypnotic depth and suggestibility
McGeown William Jonathan, Mazzoni Giuliana, Vannucci Manila, Venneri Annalena
Psychiatry Research Vol 231, pp. 151-159 (2015)
Differentiating normal from pathological brain ageing using standard neuropsychological tests
Wakefield Sarah J, McGeown William J, Shanks Michael F, Venneri Annalena
Current Alzheimer Research Vol 11, pp. 765-772 (2014)

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I previously co-developed the MSc in Clinical Health Psychology course and was Director of this programme for 3 years.  I now contribute as class leader and lecturer on the “Neuropsychology relating medical conditions” class.

In the past I have taught Neuropsychology, Neuroimaging, Neuropsychology of Ageing and Dementia, and Health Psychology, in addition to various sessions on statistics, research methods and cognitive psychology.

I am an HEA fellow.

Research interests

Ageing and Dementia:
My research is focused on developing ways to diagnose different types of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Fronto-temporal dementia) in the very early stages using cognitive and/or neuroimaging markers.  I am also interested in the breakdown of cognition (episodic and semantic memory, language and attention) that occurs during cases of dementia and in the neuropsychiatric/behavioural symptoms that can often develop during the disease course.

I have used pharmacoimaging in the past to assess the efficacy of drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.  I am keen to extend this research to other neurological disorders and to investigate methods of predicting response to treatment (with possibilities for personalised medication).

Further interests include the effects of normal ageing on the brain and the influence of demographic variables on psychological performance.

Hypnosis and suggestibility:
A relatively recent area of research has been in the neuroimaging of hypnosis and suggestibility.  I am interested in the effects of hypnosis on the brain and the cognitive and neural correlates of suggestibility and hypnotisability.

I am open to supervising PhD projects in the above areas.

Professional activities

Dementia diagnosis/symptomology. Hypnotic suggestibility
Imaging at Strathclyde
External examiner for PhD
External examiner for a PhD
Hypnotic suggestibility and response to hypnosis: Associated brain regions and networks
Dementia Research Network Conference

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Electrophysiological and genetic factors associated with hypnosis and suggestibility.
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator) Tate, Rothwelle (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Pinkosova, Zuzana
Moshfeghi, Yashar (Principal Investigator) McGeown, William (Co-investigator) Pinkosova, Zuzana (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
An investigation of the neural bases of hypnosis and suggestibility
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 26-Jan-2021
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Panni, Zanib
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator) Panni, Zanib (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2020
Improving dementia diagnosis in primary care and building research capacity of the Centre for clinic neurosciences
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2015
Investigating anosognosia in Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer Research UK, £2660)
McGeown, William (Academic)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2015

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