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Short Course on Psychology

Our next Psychology in 10 weeks course is starting on the 26 of January 2022. The first run of this course last term was very successful. Excellent comments from the participants were received, for example: ‘Really excellent, a huge variety of speakers and very detailed and informative presentations’. See information about the next course here.

Webinar Series

Check out the free webinar series ”The weird & wonderful world of children … explained by psychological research.” Experts will share their knowledge on psychological topics, varying from tantrums, bilingualism to creativity, that are critically relevant for parents of children and adolescents.


Prof. Yulia Kovas and Fatos Selita have written a new book, Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era, providing an accessible overview of latest developments in behavioural genetics.
Check out the interview of the authors.


Cracco E, Lee H, van Belle G, Quenon L, Haggard P, Rossion B, Orgs G (2022) EEG frequency tagging reveals the integration of form and motion cues into the perception of group movement. Cerebral Cortex.

Flynn A, Powell A, Scott AJ, Cama E (2022) Deepfakes and digitally altered imagery abuse: a cross-country exploration of an emerging form of image-based sexual abuse. British Journal of Criminology. 

Gabbert F, Hope L, Horry R, Drain T, Hughes C (2022) Examining the efficacy of a digital version of the self-administered interview. Computers in Human Behavior Reports 5, 100159.

Golemme M, Tatti E, Luft CDB, Bhattacharya J, Ruiz MH, Cappelletti M (2021) Multivariate patterns and long-range temporal correlations of alpha oscillations are associated with flexible manipulation of visual working memory representations. European Journal of Neuroscience 54: 7260-7273.

Hein TP, Fockert J de, Ruiz MH (2021) State anxiety biases estimates of uncertainty and impairs reward learning in volatile environments. NeuroImage 224, 117424.

Humphries S, Holler J, Crawford T, Poliakoff E (2021) Cospeech gestures are a window into the effects of Parkinson’s disease on action representations. Journal of Experimental Psychology – General 150: 1581-1597.

Madrid-Valero JJ, Bowling N, Vafeiadou A, Buysse DJ, Banissy MJ, Gregory AM (2021) Sleep in adults from the UK during the first few months of the coronavirus outbreak. Journal of Sleep Research, e13465.

Mayes W, Gentle J, Parisi I, Dixon L, Van Velzen J, Violante I (2021) Top-down inhibitory motor control is preserved in adults with developmental coordination disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology 45, 409-424.

Mencke I, Quiroga-Martinez DR, Omigie D, et al. (2021) Prediction under uncertainty: dissociating sensory from cognitive expectations in highly uncertain musical contexts. Brain Research, 147664.  

Nikolic M, Hannigan LJ, Krebs G, Sterne A, Gregory AM, Eley TC (2022) Aetiology of shame and its association with adolescent depression and anxiety: results from a prospective twin and sibling study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 63, 99-108. 

Roth N, Mullensiefen D (2021) Survival of musical activities. When do young people stop making music? PLoS ONE 16, e0259105.

Terhune DB, Jamieson GA (2021) Hallucinations and the meaning and structure of absorption. PNAS 118, e2108467118.

Thomas ER, Yon D, de Lange FP, Press C (2022) Action enhances predicted touch. Psychological Science.

Toivainen T, Madrid-Valero JJ, Chapman R, McMillan A, Oliver BR, Kovas Y (2021) Creative expressiveness in childhood writing predicts educational achievement beyond motivation and intelligence: a longitudinal, genetically informed study. British Journal of Educational Psychology, e12423. (see the press release)

West K (2021) I feel better naked: Communal naked activity increases body appreciation by reducing social physique anxiety. Journal of Sex Research 58, 958-966.

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