Photo 1 [19 June 2014] Dr Monika Harvey with Co-investigators Dr Marie-Helene Grosbras and Professors Keith Muir and Matthew Walters has been awarded a Chief Scientist Office grant entitled: "Non-invasive brain stimulation in stroke patients". The award entails a pilot trial in patients with post-stroke spatial neglect, comparing non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS) with behavioural (action) training, applied separately and in combination. The team will assess how tDCS changes the neglect symptoms and further investigate its impact in terms of changes to dependence and quality of life.
Photo 2 [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 3 [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 4 [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.
Photo 5 [5 March 2014] Sara Sereno has again been nominated by the SRC for ‘Best Teacher: Science & Engineering’. There is huge competition for this award and it is a great tribute to Sara's enthusiastic and erudite approach to student teaching that she has received multiple nominations.
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
September 19th 2014, 13:00

Professor Glyn Humphreys
from the University of Oxford
(invited by Monika Harvey)
September 26th 2014, 15:30

Dr Jonas Obleser
from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig
(invited by Christoph Kayser)