Photo 1 [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. The paper can be read here
and example voices can be listened to here.
Phil McAleer was interviewed live on the BBC Radio 4, PM Show with Eddie Mair on 13/3/14.
Photo 2 [10 March 2014] Congratulations to Stephany Biello (on left) and Lorna Morrow (on right) who have both received nominations within the Glasgow University Student Teaching Awards! Paddy O'Donnell has also been nominated again for an award. As these awards are across the entire University, and span every subject, this is a very significant accomplishment. It is a further testament to our strong sustained contribution to teaching that, even though these awards are very competitive, Stephany has received nominations over multiple years and Lorna's award is notable as she is also very focussed on research into university teaching..
Photo 3 [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 4 [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. The paper can be found here).
Photo 5 [12 June 2013] VOLUNTEERS sought for ageing research - Neuroscientists are seeking volunteers to help them in a project looking at the effects of ageing on the brain. The team from the Institute of Neurosciences and Psychology at Glasgow University are looking for men and women aged 55 and over to join the study, which involves identifying emotional states from facial expressions. Volunteers will be asked to look at a variety of animated three-dimensional faces displaying different expressions and identify the emotions being conveyed. This research is reported in the Glasgow Herald (here). To find out more or to sign up now, just email:
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
May 2nd 2014, 15:30

Dr. Chris Petkov
from the Lab of Comparative Neuropsychology University of Newcastle
(invited by Christoph Kayser)
May 9th 2014, 15:30

Dr Bruce Graham
from the Computing Science and Mathematics School of Natural Sciences University of Stirling
(invited by Christoph Kayser)