Professor Louise Phillips

Professor Louise Phillips

Chair in Psychology

Professor Louise Phillips
Professor Louise Phillips

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

Latest Publications

  • Multiple sclerosis, emotion perception and social functioning

    Radlak, B., Cooper, C., Summers, F., Phillips, L. H.

  • The interplay between gaze and consistency in scene viewing: Evidence from visual search by young and older adults

    Fernandes, E., Phillips, L., Slessor, G., Tatler, B.

  • The Effects Of Adult Aging And Culture On Theory Of Mind

    Yong, M. H., Lawrie, L., Schaefer, A., Phillips, L. H.

  • The Detrimental Effects of Mood on Prospective Memory Are Modulated by Age

    Pupillo, F., Phillips, L., Schnitzspahn, K.

  • The effects of adult ageing and culture on the tower of London task

    Phillips, L. H., Lawrie, L., Schaefer, A., Tan, C. Y., Yong, M. H.

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • 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

Member of the European Cognitive Aging Society committee

Member of British Psychological Society

Member of Experimental Psychology Society



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

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

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

Research 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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