Photo 1 [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 2 [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 3 [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 4 [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.
Photo 5 [26 June 2013] Regular exercise has health benefits. It can strengthen the body’s ‘clock’ and help it stay synchronised as it grows older. Every form of life has a ‘body clock’ that allows synchronisation of bodily functions, such as sleeping and eating, to the 24-hour light-dark cycle of the day. As organisms age, body clock circadian rhythms often become less synchronised resulting in poor sleep patterns, weakened immune function and alterations in mood. Professor Stephany Biello led research on circadian rhythms which ‘reset’ the internal body clock of mice, advancing their light/dark cycle by 8 hours. Observing how long it took for the mice’s body clocks to synchronise again, they found that young mice were able to quickly adapt to the new schedule whereas older mice struggled more. However, when older mice were given access to a running wheel, they showed stronger activity in the central brain clock and synchronised more quickly compared to older mice without a wheel. This demonstrates that voluntary exercise has an impact on circadian rhythms and this has implications for the health of older people living with environmentally-induced circadian disruption.
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 2nd 2014, 12:30

Professor Elzbieta Jankowska
from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
(invited by )
September 5th 2014, 15:30

Professor David Whitney
from the UC Berkley, California
(invited by Lars Muckli)