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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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Projects 2011 2022

Research Output 2005 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)

Brain activation in highly superior autobiographical memory: the role of the precuneus in the autobiographical memory retrieval network

Mazzoni, G., Clark, A., De Bartolo, A., Guerrini, C., Nahouli, Z., Duzzi, D., De Marco, M., McGeown, W. & Venneri, A., 1 Nov 2019, In : Cortex. 120, p. 588-602 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Parietal Lobe
Episodic Memory
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
1 Citation (Scopus)
20 Downloads (Pure)

Globalising strategies to meet global challenges: the case of ageing and dementia

Parra, M. A., Butler, S., McGeown, W. J., Brown Nicholls, L. A. & Robertson, D. J., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Global Health. 9, 2, 8 p., 020310.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Latin America
Organized Financing

Activities 2008 2016

  • 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