Photo 1 Alessio Fracasso has been awarded a £540k BBSRC Award on the theme of "Stable perception of external stimuli over time: oculo-motor and visual processing mechanisms.” "When inspecting the world, visual information travels from the retina to the visual cortex in an eye-centred, retinotopic reference frame. The eyes are continuously shifting, via saccades that create large displacements between retinal images, posing a serious problem for the perception of a stable surrounding. In this project I will investigate the motor and visual processes involved in achieving visual stability across saccades, using a combination of high-resolution fMRI and computational modelling."
Photo 2 Emily Cross was recently elected as member of the prestigious RSE Young Academy of Scotland. She also was named a 2018 winner of the Philip Leverhulme Award in Psychology. The Philip Leverhulme Prize is awarded by the Leverhulme Trust to recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. The prize comes with £100K of grant funding for prize winners to further their research, and Emily plans to use this funding to combine neuroscience, performing arts, and technology to engineer the next generation of social robots.
Photo 3 Why is it we attribute socialness to a robot, but at the same time withhold a fellow human their socialness and even deny their human nature? Dr Ruud Hortensius has received a Scientific Research Grant from the Bial Foundation to investigate these questions in the project “Blurring the line between human and robot – Mapping and manipulating the socialness gradient in the brain". In the 2-year project, fMRI and behavioural testing will be used to investigate a unifying mechanism supporting anthropomorphism and dehumanisation.
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The School of Psychology is now accepting applications for Psychology studentships funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). These can fund an MSc + PhD (1+3) or a PhD only (+3). Please see our website on Internal Studentships for more information. If eligible, you can also apply for a College of Science and Engineering fee waiver through the China Scholarship Council.

The application deadline for both competitions is January 11, 2019. Website on internal Studentships

Photo 5 Dr Robin Ince has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science of £100,000 entitled “Beyond Pairwise Connectivity: developing an information-theoretic hypergraph methodology for multi-model resting state neuroimaging analysis”. This is a 2 year project to develop new analysis methods to characterise resting state networks using fMRI data from the Human Connectome Project, as well as simultaneous EEG-fMRI which will be collected here in Glasgow. A Research Assistant position on the project will be advertised shortly.
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,
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January 18th 2019, 15:30

Prof. Rory O'Connor
from the University of Glasgow
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January 25th 2019, 15:30

Jan Van den Bulck
from the University of Michigan, USA
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