Photo 1 [22 June 2017]

Congratulations to Dr Niamh Stack who has received a Teaching Excellence Award in Individual Excellence from the College of Science and Engineering.

The awards are given to individuals who demonstrate excellent teaching practice throughout their work and who have made a significant contribution to learning and teaching in their subject area.

Dr Stack has played a leading role in shaping UK undergraduate psychology education nationally through her position as Chair of the BPS Undergraduate Education Committee (BPS).

The award will be presented at the Graduation Reception on Thursday 22 June from 5.30pm in the Kelvin Gallery, following the Psychology graduations.

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Congratulations to Lorna Morrow, Maxine Swingler, Phil McAleer and Niamh Friel who are the recipients of the first Paddy O’Donnell Teaching Excellence award, for their project entitled “My anxiety levels rise just flicking the pages”, which addresses statistics anxiety in Level 2 Psychology Students.

The Paddy O’Donnell Teaching Excellence award was set up last year in memory of Paddy’s immense contribution to Psychology at Glasgow. The award provides an opportunity for individuals or groups to be recognised for an outstanding contribution to the missions, values and priorities in learning and teaching within the School and the INP.

The award will be presented at the Graduation Reception this Thursday 22nd June from 5:30pm in the Kelvin Gallery, following the Psychology graduations.

Photo 3 [8 June 2017] Sweet or savoury? Dr. Marios Philiastides’ lab publishes a paper in Nature Communications on the neural systems involved in value-based decision making. Many decisions in life are based on personal preferences. For example when ordering a dessert at a restaurant, one needs to decide whether they prefer a chocolate cake or a cheese platter. What is the mechanism and source of this deliberation process and how does it differ from decisions based primarily on perceptual evidence (that is, choosing the larger of the items)? Using simultaneous EEG-fMRI and computational modeling, this work endorsed the proposition of an evidence accumulation process during value-based decisions (similar to that reported previously for perceptual decisions) and implicated the posterior-medial frontal cortex in this process. The work was funded by the BBSRC and ESRC.
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Time to look beyond differences in means!

Guillaume Rousselet (INP), Cyril Pernet (University of Edinburgh) & Rand Wilcox (University of Southern California) have released a tutorial explaining why data analyses limited to differences in means can be misleading, and why bar graphs are inappropriate graphical representations. As an alternative to these classic but outdated approaches, the tutorial presents powerful modern tools based on detailed illustrations of effects and robust inferences. The tutorial, in press at the European Journal of Neuroscience, is supported by publicly available datasets and analysis code in R and Matlab.
Photo 5 [12 May 2017] The first Workshop on Rhythms in the Brain (WoRB) will be held in Glasgow on Monday 11th September 2017. WoRB sets the stage for four leading experts show-casing and discussing their state-of-the-art research. Condensed talks and discussions aim to foster scientific exchange and spawn future perspectives for studying the functional role of intrinsic brain rhythms. Two key aspects will be in the spotlight: 1) What do brain rhythms code for and how do they give rise to the complexity and efficiency in human behaviour? 2) How can we drive brain rhythms and establish their causal role in cognition through brain stimulation? For more info see:
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
June 23rd 2017, 15:30

Professor David Atwell
from the University College London
(invited by )
June 29th 2017, 10:00

Professor Tim Leiner
from the University Medical Center Ultrecht
(invited by )