Photo 1 [9 October 2015] Professor Lars Muckli's lab have published a paper in Current Biology investigating the visual cortex using high-field, high-resolution brain imaging. Using 7 Tesla functional magnetic resonance imaging, the lab have discovered that cortical feedback information is found in the outer layers of human early visual cortex. Feedback information is central to how the brain uses experience, prediction and context to make sense of the world. Understanding feedback in the healthy brain is critical for understanding its dysfunction in mental disorders.
Photo 2 [3 September 2015] Rachael Jack is the recipient of Emotion Researcher's Young Researcher Spotlight for her work on facial expressions at the University of Glasgow Her article in Emotion Researcher titled Understanding the Face as a Dynamic Communication Tool can be found here)
Photo 3 [14 August 2015] Dr. Marios Philiastides’ lab publishes a paper in Nature Communications on the role of feedback processing during reinforcement learning. Using cutting edge multimodal neuroimaging (simultaneous EEG-fMRI), Dr. Philiastides’ team uncovered the spatiotemporal dynamics of two separate but interacting value systems that shape reward learning in the human brain. Their research approach opens up new avenues for the investigation of the neural systems underlying value-based decision making in humans. Crucially, their findings have the potential to further improve our understanding of how everyday responses to rewarding or stressful events can affect our capacity to make optimal decisions, as well as facilitate the study of how mental disorders - such as chronic stress, obsessive-compulsive-disorder, post-traumatic disorder and depression - affect learning and strategic planning.
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
December 3rd 2015, 16:00

Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama
from the University of Leeds
(invited by )
December 4th 2015, 15:30

Professsor Stacy Marsella
from the Northeastern University
(invited by Rachael E. Jack)