Photo 1 [24 June 2015] Glasgow is part of a group of international scientists that has been awarded £724,000 from the US Office of Naval Research in a joint venture with Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to advance ‘deep scene understanding’ in machines. The goal is to develop mechanisms that can recognise their environments and the behaviours of people within that environment and respond accordingly. Professor Philippe Schyns, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, who is leading the Glasgow contribution to the project said: “If robots of science fiction are to become reality they will need to be much more aware of their surroundings and be able to adapt to situations accordingly – to be more human essentially.” The project is titled - ‘Understanding Scenes and Events through Joint Parsing, Cognitive Reasoning and Lifelong Learning’ and more details are available here)
Photo 2 [5 June 2015] Psychology at Glasgow has consistently been rated within the top 10 of over 100 UK universities by all the major 'league tables' such as the Times and the Guardian, scoring particularly high in overall satisfaction with the course and the value we add to every student.
Photo 3 [4 June 2015] Lisa DeBruine (lead exhibitor) together with Philippe Schyns, Ben Jones and Rachael Jack (co-exhibitors) are presenting at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit in London at the end of this month. This is the most prestigious UK public engagement event with Glasgow being the only Scottish university represented, plus Face Facts has been selected as one of the three headlining exhibits. The Glasgow Science Centre and Dimensional Imaging helped create the exhibit. See more details here)
Photo 4 [29 May 2014] SOUND AND VISION: VISUAL CORTEX PROCESSES AUDITORY INFORMATION TOO - Seeing is believing’, so the idiom goes, but new research suggests vision also involves a bit of hearing. Scientists studying brain process involved in sight have found the visual cortex also uses information gleaned from the ears as well as the eyes when viewing the world. They suggest this auditory input enables the visual system to predict incoming information and could confer a survival advantage. Professor Lars Muckli, who led the research, said: “Sounds create visual imagery, mental images, and automatic projections. “So, for example, if you are in a street and you hear the sound of an approaching motorbike, you expect to see a motorbike coming around the corner. If it turned out to be a horse, you’d be very surprised.” The study, published in the journal Current Biology, involved conducting five different experiments using fMRI to examine the activity in the early visual cortex in 10 volunteer subjects.
Photo 5 [13 March 2014] How long do you have to make a good first impression? A new paper published in PLOS ONE, by Phil McAleer and Pascal Belin, with Alex Todorov, Princeton, US, shows that from the moment you have said ‘Hello’, people have already formed an impression of you. The study looks at situations where you can only hear a person speak but can’t see their face. From that sparse information, you have already started to make a judgement about whether you think the person is trustworthy, and whether you think they are dominant. It is suggested that such a rapid decision may have evolved from a time when the decision to approach and trust a person was crucial to survival.
Phil McAleer was interviewed live on the BBC Radio 4, PM Show with Eddie Mair on 13 March 2014.
Psychology at the University of Glasgow is rated very highly for research and teaching.
In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, Psychology at Glasgow was ranked #1 in research intensity (jointly with UCL) according to the Times Higher Education. We earned the highest grade possible (4*) for a very high proportion (44%) of research. For teaching, we are consistently ranked 1st in Scotland and in the top 5 in the UK in national league tables, such as #2 in the 2015 Guardian Universities Guide.
The Subject Area of Psychology spans two colleges:

-  the College of Science
   and Engineering


-  the College of Medical,
    Veterinary and Life Sciences
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