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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  • Depressive symptoms in late life and cerebrovascular disease: the importance of intelligence and lesion location

    Murray, A. D., Staff, R. T., McNeil, C. J., Salarirad, S., Phillips, L. H., Starr, J., Deary, I. J., Whalley, L. J.
    Depression and Anxiety, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 77-84
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Ongoing development of social cognition in adolescence

    Vetter, N. C., Leipold, K., Kliegel, M., Phillips, L. H., Altgassen, M.
    Child Neuropsychology, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 615-629
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Older adults have greater difficulty imagining future rather than atemporal experiences

    Rendell, P. G., Gaskin, S., Bailey, P. E., Henry, J. D., Phillips, L. H., Kliegel, M.
    Psychology and Aging, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 1089-1098
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Perception of biological motion and emotion in mild cognitive impairment and dementia

    Henry, J. D., Thompson, C., Rendell, P., Phillips, L. H., Carbert, J., Sachdev, P., Brodaty, H.
    Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 866-873
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Emotion processing and social participation following stroke: study protocol

    Scott, C. L., Phillips, L. H., Johnston, M., Whyte, M. M., MacLeod, M. J.
    BMC Neurology, vol. 12, 56
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Prospective memory reminders: a laboratory investigation of initiation source and age effects

    Henry, J. D., Rendell, P. G., Phillips, L. H., Dunlop, L., Kliegel, M.
    Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 65, no. 7, pp. 1274-1287
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Prospective memory, emotional valence, and multiple sclerosis

    Rendell, P. G., Henry, J. D., Phillips, L. H., Garcia, X. d. l. P., Booth, P., Phillips, P., Kliegel, M.
    Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 738-749
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An evaluation of the frontal lobe theory of cognitive aging

    Phillips, L. H., Henry, J. D.
    Measuring the Mind Speed, control, and age. Oxford University Press (OUP), 32 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Measuring the mind speed, control, and age

    Duncan, J., Phillips, L., McLeod, P.
    Oxford University Press (OUP). 304 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Investigating the "Deceiver Stereotype": Do Older Adults Associate Averted Gaze With Deception?

    Slessor, G., Phillips, L. H., Bull, R., Venturini, C., Bonny, E. J., Rokaszewicz, A.
    Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 67B, no. 2, pp. 178-183
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals