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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  • 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:
  • Murray, AD, Staff, RT, McNeil, CJ, Salarirad, S, Phillips, LH, Starr, J, Deary, IJ & Whalley, LJ 2013, 'Depressive symptoms in late life and cerebrovascular disease: the importance of intelligence and lesion location', Depression and Anxiety, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 77-84. [Online] DOI:
  • Vetter, NC, Altgassen, M, Phillips, L, Mahy, CEV & Kliegel, M 2013, 'Development of affective theory of mind across adolescence: disentangling the role of executive functions', Developmental Neuropsychology, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 114-125. [Online] DOI:
  • Hering, A, Phillips, LH & Kliegel, M 2013, 'Importance effects on age differences in performance in event-based prospective memory', Gerontology, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 73-78. [Online] DOI:
  • Vetter, NC, Leipold, K, Kliegel, M, Phillips, LH & Altgassen, M 2013, 'Ongoing development of social cognition in adolescence', Child Neuropsychology, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 615-629. [Online] DOI:
  • Houston, KA, Clifford, BR, Phillips, LH & Memon, A 2013, 'The emotional eyewitness: the effects of emotion on specific aspects of eyewitness recall and recognition performance', Emotion, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 118-128. [Online] DOI:
  • Phillips, LH, Henry, JD & Martin, M 2012, Adult aging and prospective memory: The importance of ecological validity. in M Kliegel, MA McDaniel & GO Einstein (eds), Prospective Memory: Cognitive, Neuroscience, Developmental, and Applied Perspectives. Taylor and Francis AS, pp. 161-185. [Online] DOI:
  • Insch, PM, Bull, R, Phillips, LH, Allen, R & Slessor, G 2012, 'Adult aging, processing style, and the perception of biological motion', Experimental Aging Research, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 169-185. [Online] DOI:
  • Phillips, LH & Henry, JD 2012, An evaluation of the frontal lobe theory of cognitive aging. in Measuring the Mind Speed, control, and age. Oxford University Press (OUP). [Online] DOI:
  • Scott, CL, Phillips, LH, Johnston, M, Whyte, MM & MacLeod, MJ 2012, 'Emotion processing and social participation following stroke: study protocol', BMC Neurology, vol. 12, 56. [Online] DOI:
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