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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  • Pupillo, F, Phillips, L & Schnitzspahn, K 2020, 'The Detrimental Effects of Mood on Prospective Memory Are Modulated by Age', Emotion. <> [Online] DOI:
  • Agnew, HC, Phillips, LH & Pilz, KS 2020, 'Visual attention, biological motion perception and healthy ageing', Psychological Research, vol. 84, pp. 625-642. [Online] DOI:
  • Pomareda, C, Simkute, A & Phillips, LH 2019, 'Age-related differences in the ability to decode intentions from non-literal language', Acta Psychologica, vol. 198, 102865. [Online] DOI:
  • Lawrie, L, Jackson, MC & Phillips, LH 2019, 'Effects of induced sad mood on facial emotion perception in young and older adults', Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 319-335. [Online] DOI:
  • Zuber, S, Ihle, A, Loaiza, VM, Schnitzspahn, K, Stahl, C, Phillips, LH, Kaller, CP & Kliegel, M 2019, 'Explaining age differences in working memory: The role of updating, inhibition, and shifting', Psychology & Neuroscience, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 191-208. [Online] DOI:
  • Lorgen-Ritchie, M, Murray, AD, Ferguson-Smith, AC, Richards, M, Horgan, GW, Phillips, LH, Hoad, G, Gall, I, Harrison, K, McNeill, G, Ito, M & Haggarty, P 2019, 'Imprinting methylation in SNRPN and MEST1 in adult blood predicts cognitive ability', PloS ONE, vol. 14, no. 2, e0211799. [Online] DOI:
  • Laing, CM, Cooper, CL, Summers, F, Lawrie, L, O’Flaherty, S & Phillips, LH 2019, 'The nature of anger in people with multiple sclerosis: a qualitative study', Psychology & Health. [Online] DOI:
  • Grainger, SA, Steinvik, HR, Henry, JD & Phillips, LH 2019, 'The role of social attention in older adults’ ability to interpret naturalistic social scenes', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 72, no. 6, pp. 1328-1343. [Online] DOI:
  • Grainger, SA, Henry, JD, Phillips, LH, Vanman, EJ & Allen, R 2017, 'Age Deficits in Facial Affect Recognition: The Influence of Dynamic Cues', Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 72, no. 4, pp. 622-632. [Online] DOI:
  • Roberts, CE, Phillips, LH, Cooper, CL, Gray, S & Allan, JL 2017, 'Effect of Different Types of Physical Activity on Activities of Daily Living in Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 653-670. [Online] DOI:
  • 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. <> [Online] DOI:
  • 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, Burianová, 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:
  • 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:
  • Cooper, CL, Phillips, LH, Johnston, M, Whyte, M & MacLeod, MJ 2015, 'The role of emotion regulation on social participation following stroke', British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 181-199. [Online] DOI:
  • 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. <> [Online] DOI:
  • 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:
  • 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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