Photo 1 Dr Christoph Scheepers (University of Glasgow) was one of the keynote speakers at the 25th Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP) conference in Moscow, September 6-8, 2019 (https://neuro.hse.ru/amlap2019). Launched in 1994, AMLaP is the most prominent and important annual psycholinguistics conference in Europe, attracting an international audience of around 350 attendees from various academic disciplines each year, including psychologists, linguists, and neuroscientists. This was the first time that AMLaP was held in Eastern Europe. Dr Scheepers’s keynote was entitled “What’s the syntax behind syntactic priming?”, offering new theoretical perspectives on prominent findings from the structural priming literature.
Photo 2 Congratulations to Prof Philippe Schyns for the prestigious Rank Prize Funds Award for his work on Visual Recognition awarded at the 42nd edition of the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2019 - https://kuleuvencongres.be/ecvp2019 ) which was held in Leuven, Belgium from August 25th-29th, 2019.
The Rank Prize Funds is a charitable organisation which seeks to recognise excellence in specific fields of research and reward innovators for their dedication and outstanding contribution. Prof Schyns Rank Prize Funds Lecture was entitled ‘Shedding the Bright Light of Information processing on the Black Box of Brain Activity (and Deep Networks).
Photo 3 Monday 9th September 12-1pm

Dr Tracy Riley - http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/expertise/profile.cfm?stref=324330

In this lunchtime session, I will share my reflections as Dean, Research at Massey University, a pan-University role which follows many years teaching and researching in gifted education. What I am discovering is that many of the characteristics we see in gifted kids - curiosity, creativity, motivation, high levels of intelligence - make their way into graduate school, alongside social and emotional traits like perfectionism, imposter syndrome, overexcitabilities and deep sensitivities. Using what I know about gifted, I am working to refresh our support for students and supervisors with a range of new initiatives - thesis writing boot camps, Strengths@Massey, Scholars@Massey, supervisor accreditation, the Dean’s List of Exceptional Theses Inaugural Lectures, and funding support for conferences and dissemination of research. While many of these are ideas developed from international contexts, a central theme that runs through each one is an acknowledgement of the need for gifted people to develop a sense of identity and belonging by engaging with like-minded peers.
Photo 4 Mark Pagel is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Reading University in the UK. He is best known for his work on building statistical models to examine the evolutionary processes imprinted in animal and human behaviour, from genomics to the emergence of complex systems, including language and culture.

23 October:The evolution of language: from speech to culture
24 October:The evolution of creativity: you’re not as clever as you think
28 October:Human tribalism – a curse of our evolutionary past?
29 October:The end of Anthropology? What does the future hold for the world’s languages and cultures?

For more information, please see our Gifford Events page.The series will comprise four lectures, all will take place in the Sir Charles Wilson Building

Photo 5 Dr. Philiastides’ lab has published a paper showing that brain activity recorded using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) could predict response to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in depression. While CBT is an effective treatment for major depressive disorder, only up to 45% of depressed patients will respond to it. At present, it is not possible to tell in advance who is going to benefit from CBT and who is not. To obtain a mechanistically meaningful biomarker of CBT response, the work focuses on pre-treatment neural activity encoding a weighted reward prediction error, which is implicated in the acquisition and processing of feedback information during probabilistic learning. The findings could help patients receive the most appropriate treatment for depression in a timely manner.
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,
    Veterinary and Life Sciences
UPCOMING EVENTS
October 4th 2019, 15:30
THE ANATOMO-FUNCTIONAL ROLE OF THE SUBTHALAMIC NUCLEUS IN STRATEGIC DECISION-MAKING

Professor Birte Forstmann
from the University of Amsterdam
(invited by CCNi)
October 11th 2019, 15:30
MORAL OVERREACH AND ETHICAL FAILURE IN SETTING PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH STANDARDS

Professor Roger Giner-Sorolla
from the University of Kent
(invited by INP/SoP)
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