Professor Louise Phillips

Professor Louise Phillips

Chair in Psychology

Professor Louise Phillips
Professor Louise Phillips

Contact Details

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


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

Current Research

ORCID: 0000-0002-0988-3028

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

Research 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.

2017-2020: 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
Further Info

External Responsibilities

Member of the Experimental Psychology Society committee

Admin Responsibilities

  • 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


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  • Insch, PM, Slessor, G, Warrington, J & Phillips, LH 2017, 'Gaze detection and gaze cuing in Alzheimer's disease', Brain and Cognition, vol. 116, pp. 47-53. [Online] DOI:
  • Hamilton, J, Radlak, B, Morris, PG & Phillips, LH 2017, 'Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning Following Stroke', Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 507-518. [Online] DOI:
  • Lawrie, L & Phillips, LH 2016, 'A maturing picture of emotion', The Psychologist, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 908-911.
  • Murray, A, McNeil, C, Salarirad, S, Deary, I, Phillips, L, Whalley, L & Staff, R 2016, 'Brain hyperintensity location determines outcome in the triad of impaired cognition, physical health and depressive symptoms: A cohort study in late life', Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 63, pp. 49-54. [Online] DOI:
  • Agnew, HC, Phillips, LH & Pilz, KS 2016, 'Global form and motion processing in healthy ageing', Acta Psychologica, vol. 166, pp. 12-20. [Online] DOI:
  • Cseh, GM, Phillips, LH & Pearson, DG 2016, 'Mental and perceptual feedback in the development of creative flow', Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 42, pp. 150-161. [Online] DOI:
  • Ziaei, M, Burianov√°, H, von Hippel, W, Ebner, NC, Phillips, LH & Henry, JD 2016, 'The impact of aging on the neural networks involved in gaze and emotional processing', Neurobiology of Aging, vol. 48, pp. 182-194. [Online] DOI:
  • Hunter, EM, Phillips, LH & MacPherson, SE 2016, 'Where is my key? Where is his key? Perspective taking and social sensitivity of the Key Search task', Cortex, vol. 76, pp. 131. [Online] DOI:
  • Laing, CM, Phillips, LH, Cooper, CL, Hosie, JA & Summers, F 2015, 'Anger, Quality of Life and Mood in Multiple Sclerosis', Journal of Multiple Sclerosis, vol. 1, 127. [Online] DOI:
  • Gilhooly, KJ, Gilhooly, MLM, Phillips, LH, Harvey, D, Murray, A & Hanlon, P 2015, Cognitive aging: Activity patterns and maintenance intentions (2007). in Studies of Thinking: Selected works of Kenneth Gilhooly. Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 197-211. [Online] DOI:
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