Dr Philip Benson

  Dr Philip Benson The University of Aberdeen School of Psychology Senior Lecturer work +44 (0)1224 273931 pref School of Psychology William Guild Building Room G30 King's College Old Aberdeen AB24 3UB

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 273931


Address: School of Psychology
William Guild Building
Room G30
King's College
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3UB

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric disorders, biomarker discovery
  • All aspects of vision; eye movements
  • Eating disorders; body image
  • Computation, manifolds, statistical inference, machine learning, data mining

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Current Research

If you are interested in biomarker discovery for psychiatry and have access to investment capital I would interested to discuss opportunities with you.

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  • Department of Mental Health, University of Aberdeen
  • Centre for Obesity Research & Epidemiology, Robert Gordon University
  • Rowett Research Institute, University of Aberdeen
  • Eating Disorder & Psychotherapy Services, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen
  • Department of Psychology, University of Lincoln

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Contributions to Journals


  • Stewart, A., Klein, S., Young, J., Simpson, S., Lee, AJ., Harrild, KA., Crockett, P. & Benson, PJ. (2012). 'Body image, shape, and volumetric assessments using 3D whole body laser scanning and 2D digital photography in females with a diagnosed eating disorder: Preliminary novel findings'. British Journal of Psychology, vol 103, no. 2, pp. 183-202.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2011.02063.x
  • Benson, PJ., Beedie, SA., Shephard, E., Giegling, I., Rujescu, D. & St Clair, D. (2012). 'Simple Viewing Tests Can Detect Eye Movement Abnormalities That Distinguish Schizophrenia Cases from Controls with Exceptional Accuracy'. Biological Psychiatry, vol 72, no. 9, pp. 716-724.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.04.019
  • Herba, CM., Benson, P., Landau, S., Russell, T., goodwin, C., Lemche, E., Santosh, P. & phillips, M. (2008). 'Impact of familiarity upon children’s developing facial expression recognition'. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol 49, no. 2, pp. 201-210.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01835.x
  • Benson, PJ., Leonards, U., Lothian, RM., St Clair, DM. & Merlo, MCG. (2007). 'Visual scan paths in first-episode schizophrenia and cannabis-induced psychosis'. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, vol 32, no. 4, pp. 267-274.
  • Russell, TA., Reynaud, E., Kucharska-Pietura, K., Ecker, C., Benson, PJ., Zelaya, F., Giampietro, V., Brammer, M., David, AS. & Phillips, ML. (2007). 'Neural responses to dynamic expressions of fear in schizophrenia'. Neuropsychologia, vol 45, no. 1, pp. 107-123.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/J.NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA.2006.04.026
  • Bull, R. & Benson, PJ. (2006). 'Digit ratio (2D:4D) and the spatial representation of magnitude'. Hormones and Behavior, vol 50, no. 2, pp. 194-199.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2006.02.008
  • Bestelmeyer, P., Tatler, BW., Phillips, LH., Fraser, G., Benson, PJ. & St Clair, DM. (2006). 'Global visual scanning abnormalities in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder'. Schizophrenia Research, vol 87, no. 1-3, pp. 212-222.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2006.06.015
  • Guo, K., Blakemore, C. & Benson, PJ. (2004). 'Pattern motion is present in V1 of awake but not anaesthetized monkeys'. European Journal of Neuroscience, vol 19, no. 4, pp. 1055-1066.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2004.03212.x
  • Tovee, MJ., Emery, JL., Mason, SM., Cohen-Tovee, EM. & Benson, PJ. (2003). 'Measurement of body size and shape perception in eating-disordered and control observers using body-shape software'. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol 94, no. Pt 4, pp. 501-516.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1348/000712603322503060
  • Russell, TA., Benson, PJ. & Phillips, ML. (2003). 'Perception of dynamic expressions of fear by patients with schizophrenia: a symptom-based investigation'. Schizophrenia Research, vol 60, pp. 181-181.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/S0920-9964(03)81074-5
  • Stewart, AD., Benson, PJ., Michanikou, EG., Tsiota, DG. & Narli, MK. (2003). 'Body image perception, satisfaction and somatotype in male and female athletes and non-athletes: results using a novel morphing technique'. Journal of Sports Sciences, vol 21, no. 10, pp. 815-823.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/0264041031000140338
  • Russell, TA., Benson, PJ. & Phillips, ML. (2003). 'A novel investigation of symptom-specific deficits in the perception of fear in patients with schizophrenia'. Biological Psychiatry, vol 53.
  • Benson, PJ., Counsell, CE., McConachie, DJA. & Liotti, M. (2002). 'Assessment of facial expression production in Parkinson’s disease'. Perception, vol 31.
  • Hendricks, AW., Benson, PJ., Jonkers, M. & Rietberg, S. (2002). 'Do autistics perceive facial expressions in a piecemeal fashion?'. Perception, vol 31, pp. 22-22.
  • Chang, PP., Benson, PJ. & Levine, SC. (2002). 'Children's recognition of caricatures'. Developmental Psychology, vol 38, no. 6, pp. 1038-1051.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.38.6.1038
  • Kircher, TT., Phillips, ML., Rabe-Hesketh, S., Benson, PJ., Bullmore, ET., Brammer, M., Simmons, A., Bartels, M., David, AS. & Senior, C. (2001). 'Recognizing one's own face'. Cognition, vol 78, no. 1, pp. B1-B15.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/S0010-0277(00)00104-9

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