Photo 1 [9 September 2014] Professors Christoph Kayser and Joachim Gross have been awarded a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 3-year grant to study how seeing a speakers face can make us hear better. It is well known that visual information changes the way our brain processes sounds and this affects how well we can converse in noisy acoustic environments. The project “Pathways and mechanisms underlying the visual enhancement of hearing in challenging environments” investigates the underlying neural mechanisms using combined neuroimaging (MEG) and behavioural studies to provide a better understanding of how our brain encodes what we hear and help us understand hearing deficits or enhance computer assisted communication technologies.
Photo 2 [29 August 2014] Dr Rachael Jack (front, third from left) from the School of Psychology is inducted as a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (RSE YAS).
Photo 3 [29 August 2014] This year saw a record number of GU School of Psychology students taking up the opportunity of an overseas experience. This summer 19 students took part in psychology-related work experience placements in Europe as part of the Erasmus programme. A further 21 students were selected to go out on international or Erasmus exchange. We are also very pleased to welcome all of our international visiting students this year – we hope you have a great time studying Psychology here.
Photo 4 [3 June 2014] Glasgow Psychology is consistently at the top end of Psychology in the UK and has just been rated as number 2 in the UK out of 109 universities. Once again we have exceptionally high student satisfaction and the highest possible 'added value' score.
Photo 5 [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.
Psychology at the University of Glasgow is rated very highly for research and teaching.
In the RAE 2008, Psychology at Glasgow retained its position as one of the top ten research institutions in the country. The score for its proportion of research rated 4* (highest grade possible) was very high. On this figure, Psychology at Glasgow was ranked 7th in the UK.
This excellent rating was achieved at the same time as increasing the number of staff submitted by nearly 50% over the previous exercise.
In the most recent National Student Survey (2010) Psychology at Glasgow was ranked within the top 10 of all UK Psychology Departments.
The Subject Area of Psychology spans two colleges:

-  the College of Science
   and Engineering


-  the College of Medical,
    Veterinary and Life Sciences
UPCOMING EVENTS
September 26th 2014, 15:30
THE LISTENING BRAIN: ACOUSTIC CHALLENGES AND ADAPTIVE MECHANISMS

Dr Jonas Obleser
from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
(invited by Christoph Kayser)
October 3rd 2014, 15:30
NEURONAL DYNAMICS IN THE PRIMARY VISUAL AREAS

Prof. Dr. Danko Nikolic
from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
(invited by Lars Muckli)
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