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Research Interests

Ageing and Dementia:
My research is focused on developing ways to diagnose different types of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Fronto-temporal dementia) in the very early stages using cognitive and/or neuroimaging markers.  I am also interested in the breakdown of cognition (episodic and semantic memory, language and attention) that occurs during cases of dementia and in the neuropsychiatric/behavioural symptoms that can often develop during the disease course.

I have used pharmacoimaging in the past to assess the efficacy of drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.  I am keen to extend this research to other neurological disorders and to investigate methods of predicting response to treatment (with possibilities for personalised medication).

Further interests include the effects of normal ageing on the brain and the influence of demographic variables on psychological performance.

Hypnosis and suggestibility:
A relatively recent area of research has been in the neuroimaging of hypnosis and suggestibility.  I am interested in the effects of hypnosis on the brain and the cognitive and neural correlates of suggestibility and hypnotisability.

I am open to supervising PhD projects in the above areas.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) (University of Hull)

PhD (University of Hull)

Master in Research Methods (MRes) Diploma (University of Aberdeen)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Aberdeen)

Personal Statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in August 2013.  I was previously employed as a Lecturer for 5 years within the Department of Psychology (University of Hull) and prior to that I held research positions for 3 years within The Clinical Neuroscience Centre (University of Hull).

My research interests are mostly centred on the cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms that are found in Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementias.  A secondary research interest relates to suggestibility and hypnosis. 

I am an Associate Fellow within the BPS, a member of the Division of Neuropsychology, and a Chartered Psychologist.

Expertise & Capabilities


Neuropsychiatric symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Normal ageing

Hypnosis and suggestibility

Neuroimaging and neuropsychological research methods

Teaching Interests

I am Director of the newly developed MSc in Clinical Health Psychology course.  On the course I am class leader and provide teaching for the “Neuropsychology relating medical conditions” and “Theories of Mind and Body” classes.  I also contribute to the Methods in Experimental Psychology class on the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology.

In the past I have taught Neuropsychology, Neuroimaging, Neuropsychology of Ageing and Dementia, and Health Psychology, in addition to various sessions on statistics and research methods.

I am an HEA fellow.


  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Psychology
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Ageing
  • Hypnosis
  • Suggestibility

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Research Output

  • Neuroanatomical and cognitive correlates of domain-specific anosognosia in early Alzheimer's disease

    Valera-Bermejo, J. M., De Marco, M., Mitolo, M., McGeown, W. J. & Venneri, A., 14 May 2020, In : Cortex. 129, p. 236-246 11 p.

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  • Activities

    • 10 Participation in conference
    • 4 Organiser of special symposia
    • 3 Invited talk

    Alzheimer's Association International Conference

    William McGeown (Organiser)
    24 Jul 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

    International Society of Hypnosis World Congress

    William McGeown (Invited speaker)
    26 Aug 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference