Professor Louise Phillips

Professor Louise Phillips
Professor Louise Phillips

Professor Louise Phillips

Chair in Psychology


School of Psychology
Room F23, William Guild Building
Kings College
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3FX


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 
    1990 - University of Edinburgh 
  • PhD Psychology 
    1993 - University of Manchester 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • School of Psychology Director of Research
  • Member of School Management Group
  • Course co-ordinator for PS3011 Psychological Assessment
  • Steering group of Aberdeen Birth Cohort studies
External Memberships

Member of the European Cognitive Aging Society committee

Member of British Psychological Society

Member of Experimental Psychology Society

Latest Publications

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Research Specialisms

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology of Communication
  • Affective Neuroscience

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  • Adult aging, social cognition and emotional skills
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Effects of degenerative diseases on social and emotional processing
  • Age, planning and prospective memory

Funding and Grants

2015-2018: ESRC/BBSRC.(Applicants Haggarty, Murray, Phillips, Staff, Hocking, Ferguson-Smith & Richards).    Imprinting methylation; early life influences and later cognition and mood. Ref: ES/N00048X/1. Awarded £446,636.

2017-2021: ESRC (Applicants Phillips, Tatler & Henry). Adult aging and social attention: the role of cognitive decline and social motivation. Ref: ES/P005330/1. Awarded £500,492.

2018-2020: Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Institutional Links UK-Malaysia grant (Applicants Phillips and Yong). Social cognition and executive function in older adults in the UK and Malaysia: links to socio-economic factors. Ref: 331745333. Awarded £128,461.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Level 1 Lifespan Development
  • Level 3 Psychological Assessment
  • Level 4 option course: Emotion and aging in social cognition
  • BM4301 The Science of Aging

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  • Future thinking improves prospective memory performance and plan enactment in older adults

    Altgassen, M., Rendell, P. G., Bernhard, A., Henry, J. D., Bailey, P. E., Phillips, L. H., Kliegel, M.
    Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 192-204
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mood impairs time-based prospective memory in young but not older adults: The mediating role of attentional control

    Schnitzspahn, K., Thorley, C., Phillips, L., Voigt, B., Threadgold, E., Hammond, E. R., Mustafa, B., Kliegel, M.
    Psychology and Aging, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 264-270
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A meta-analytic review of theory of mind difficulties in behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia

    Henry, J. D., Phillips, L. H., von Hippel, C.
    Neuropsychologia, vol. 56, pp. 53-62
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Links between emotion perception and social participation restriction following stroke

    Cooper, C. L., Phillips, L. H., Johnston, M., Radlak, B., Hamilton, S., McLeod, M. J.
    Brain Injury, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 122-126
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Exploring own-age biases in deception detection

    Slessor, G., Phillips, L. H., Ruffman, T., Bailey, P. E., Insch, P.
    Cognition & Emotion, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 493-506
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Global and Local Processing Biases in Healthy Ageing

    Agnew, H. C., Phillips, L. H., Pilz, K. S.
    The Scottish Vision Group (SVG) Meeting 2014
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
  • Importance effects on age differences in performance in event-based prospective memory

    Hering, A., Phillips, L. H., Kliegel, M.
    Gerontology, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 73-78
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A meta-analytic review of age differences in theory of mind

    Henry, J. D., Phillips, L. H., Ruffman, T., Bailey, P. E.
    Psychology and Aging, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 826-839
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Development of affective theory of mind across adolescence: disentangling the role of executive functions

    Vetter, N. C., Altgassen, M., Phillips, L., Mahy, C. E. V., Kliegel, M.
    Developmental Neuropsychology, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 114-125
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The emotional eyewitness: the effects of emotion on specific aspects of eyewitness recall and recognition performance

    Houston, K. A., Clifford, B. R., Phillips, L. H., Memon, A.
    Emotion, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 118-128
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

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