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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  • Cseh, GM, Phillips, LH & Pearson, DG 2015, 'Flow, affect, and visual creativity', Cognition & Emotion, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 281-291. [Online] DOI:
  • Agnew, HC, Phillips, LH & Pilz, KS 2015, 'Global and local processing biases in healthy ageing', Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, United States, 7/05/10 - 12/05/10. <> [Online] DOI:
  • Lagner, P, Kliegel, M, Phillips, LH, Ihle, A, Hering, A, Ballhausen, N & Schnitzspahn, K 2015, 'Mood effects on memory and executive control in a real-life situation', Cognition & Emotion, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 1107-1116. [Online] DOI:
  • Phillips, LH, Allen, R, Bull, R, Hering, A, Kliegel, M & Channon, S 2015, 'Older adults have difficulty in decoding sarcasm', Developmental Psychology, vol. 51, no. 12, pp. 1840-1852. [Online] DOI:
  • Johnston, MC, Porteous, T, Crilly, MA, Burton, CD, Elliott, A, Iversen, L, McArdle, K, Murray, A, Phillips, LH & Black, C 2015, 'Physical disease and resilient outcomes: a systematic review of resilience definitions and study methods', Psychosomatics, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 168-180. [Online] DOI:
  • Gilhooly, KJ, Phillips, LH, Wynn, VE, Logie, RH & Sala, SD 2015, Planning processes and age in the five-disc Tower of London task (1999). in Studies of Thinking: Selected works of Kenneth Gilhooly. 1999 edn, Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 157-176. [Online] DOI:
  • Insch, PM, Slessor, G, Phillips, LH, Atkinson, A & Warrington, J 2015, 'The Impact of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease on Decoding Emotion Cues from Bodily Motion', AIMS Neuroscience, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 139-152. [Online] DOI:
  • Phillips, LH, Smith, E & Gilhooly, KJ 2015, The effects of adult aging and induced positive and negative mood on planning (2002). in Studies of Thinking: Selected works of Kenneth Gilhooly. Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 178-192. [Online] DOI:
  • Mitchell, RLC & Phillips, LH 2015, 'The overlapping relationship between emotion perception and theory of mind', Neuropsychologia, vol. 70, pp. 1-10. [Online] DOI:
  • Terrett, G, Rose, NS, Henry, JD, Bailey, PE, Altgassen, M, Phillips, LH, Kliegel, M & Rendell, PG 2015, 'The relationship between prospective memory and episodic future thinking in younger and older adulthood', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 310-323. [Online] DOI:
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