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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  • Processing orientation and emotion recognition

    Martin, D., Slessor, G., Allen, R., Phillips, L. H., Darling, S.
    Emotion, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 39-43
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Adult aging and prospective memory: The importance of ecological validity

    Phillips, L. H., Henry, J. D., Martin, M.
    Prospective Memory. Kliegel, M., McDaniel, M. A., Einstein, G. O. (eds.). Taylor and Francis AS, pp. 161-185, 26 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Adult aging, processing style, and the perception of biological motion

    Insch, P. M., Bull, R., Phillips, L. H., Allen, R., Slessor, G.
    Experimental Aging Research, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 169-185
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Moving beyond basic emotions in aging research

    Phillips, L. H., Slessor, G.
    Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 279-286
    Contributions to Journals: Editorials
  • Lifespan aging and belief reasoning: Influences of executive function and social cue decoding

    Phillips, L. H., Bull, R., Allen, R., Insch, P., Burr, K., Ogg, W.
    Cognition, vol. 120, no. 2, pp. 236-247
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The cerebral blood flow correlates of emotional facial processing in mild Alzheimer's disease

    Staff, R., Ahearn, T. S., Phillips, L. H., Cooper, C. L., Mowat, D., Wischik, C. M., Whalley, L. J., Murray, A. D.
    Neuroscience & Medicine, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 6-13
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Specific impairments of emotion perception in Multiple Sclerosis

    Phillips, L. H., Henry, J. D., Scott, C. L., Summers, F., Whyte, M., Cook, M.
    Neuropsychology, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 131-136
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Prospective memory, emotional valence and ageing

    Rendell, P. G., Phillips, L. H., Henry, J. D., Brumby-Rendell, T., Garcia, X. d. l. P., Altgassen, M., Kliegel, M.
    Cognition & Emotion, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 916-925
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effects of Age on Cross-Modal Emotion Perception

    Hunter, E. M., Phillips, L. H., MacPherson, S. E.
    Psychology and Aging, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 779-787
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Adult aging and executive functioning

    Phillips, L. H., Henry, J. D.
    Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes. Anderson, V., Jacobs, R., Anderson, P. J. (eds.). Taylor and Francis AS, pp. 57-79, 23 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals