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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  • Gilhooly, KJ, Wynn, VE, Phillips, LH, Logie, RH & Sala, SD 2015, Visuo-spatial and verbal working memory in the five-disc tower of London task: An individual differences approach (2002). in Studies of Thinking: Selected works of Kenneth Gilhooly. 2002 edn, Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 142-153. [Online] DOI:
  • Henry, JD, Phillips, LH & von Hippel, C 2014, 'A meta-analytic review of theory of mind difficulties in behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia', Neuropsychologia, vol. 56, pp. 53-62. [Online] DOI:
  • Phillips, LH, Henry, JD, Nouzova, E, Cooper, C, Radlak, B & Summers, F 2014, 'Difficulties with emotion regulation in multiple sclerosis: Links to executive function, mood, and quality of life', Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, vol. 36, no. 8, pp. 831-842. [Online] DOI:
  • Slessor, G, Phillips, LH, Ruffman, T, Bailey, PE & Insch, P 2014, 'Exploring own-age biases in deception detection', Cognition & Emotion, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 493-506. [Online] DOI:
  • Altgassen, M, Rendell, PG, Bernhard, A, Henry, JD, Bailey, PE, Phillips, LH & Kliegel, M 2014, 'Future thinking improves prospective memory performance and plan enactment in older adults', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 192-204. [Online] DOI:
  • Agnew, HC, Phillips, LH & Pilz, KS 2014, 'Global and Local Processing Biases in Healthy Ageing', The Scottish Vision Group (SVG) Meeting 2014, Troon, United Kingdom, 21/03/14 - 23/03/14.
  • Cooper, CL, Phillips, LH, Johnston, M, Radlak, B, Hamilton, S & McLeod, MJ 2014, 'Links between emotion perception and social participation restriction following stroke', Brain Injury, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 122-126. [Online] DOI:
  • Schnitzspahn, K, Thorley, C, Phillips, L, Voigt, B, Threadgold, E, Hammond, ER, Mustafa, B & Kliegel, M 2014, 'Mood impairs time-based prospective memory in young but not older adults: The mediating role of attentional control', Psychology and Aging, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 264-270. [Online] DOI:
  • Altgassen, M, Vetter, NC, Phillips, LH, Akgün, C & Kliegel, M 2014, 'Theory of mind and switching predict prospective memory performance in adolescents', Journal of experimental child psychology, vol. 127, pp. 163-175. [Online] DOI:
  • Henry, JD, Phillips, LH, Ruffman, T & Bailey, PE 2013, 'A meta-analytic review of age differences in theory of mind', Psychology and Aging, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 826-839. [Online] DOI:
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