Dr Aspasia Paltoglou

Lecturer in Psychology

I joined Oxford Brookes University in September 2013. Prior to this I worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen and as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Exeter, at St Mary's University College and at the Open University.

During my PhD I used fMRI to investigate whether there is feature-specific attentional enhancement in the auditory cortex when attending to certain sound features. As a Research Fellow I was involved in behavioral projects looking at whether attending to visual features of objects resulted in enhancement and/or narrowing of the sensory tuning curves. At the moment I am involved in in an EEG and behavioral projects investigating the relationship between cognition and emotion from an individual differences point of view .

My research interests include investigating mechanisms of visual memory and attention, the relationship between cognition, emotion and impulsivity. I conduct EEG and behavioural studies and I use an individual differences approach.


I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including Advanced Research Methods, Topics in Cognition, Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) in 2014 with Distinction and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Morys-Carter, W.L., Davies, E. L., & Paltoglou, A.E . (2015) Vertical Enhancement of Second-Year Psychology Research. Psychology Teaching Review, 21 (1), 68-72.
  • Davies, E. L., Morys-Carter, W.L. Paltoglou, A.E . (2015) Helping students to climb the mountain: a study to inform the development of a resource to improve the learning of statistics in Psychology. Psychology Teaching Review, 21 (1), 56-67.
  • Paltoglou, A.E ., Neri, P. (2012) Attentional control of sensory tuning in human visual perception. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107, 1260-1274.
  • Paltoglou, A.E ., Sumner, C.J. and Hall, D.A. (2011) FMRI Measures of Feature-Specific Attentional Modulation in the Central Auditory System, European Journal of Neuroscience, 33(9), 1733-1741.
  • Paltoglou, A.E. , Sumner, C.J. and Hall, D.A. (2009) Examining the role of frequency specificity in the enhancement and suppression of human cortical activity by auditory selective attention. Hearing Research, 257,106-118.
  • Hall, D.A. and Paltoglou, A.E. (2009) FMRI of the Central Auditory System. In Filippi M. (ed), Functional MRI Techniques: Neuromethods Series.

Funding and Awards

  • Brookes Team Teaching Fellowship Award 2014-2016

Emma Davies, Wakefield Carter, and Aspa Paltoglou were awarded a 2-year Teaching Fellowship to develop VESPR (Vertical Enhancement of Statistics and Psychology Research). VESPR is a virtual learning space for Oxford Brookes Psychology students designed to enhance statistics, research quality, academic writing and engagement with alumni.

  • 2006: EPS Grindley Grant for Conference Attendance.
  • 2005: PhD studentship, MRC Institute of Hearing Research.
  • 2004: Mariani Scholarship for conference fees.

Professional Affiliations

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a graduate member of the BPS (psychobiology section).

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Paltoglou A.E. Davies, E.L., & Kumar, S. ‘The effect of emotion on inhibition: an ERP study.’ (Poster Presentation) Psychobiology Annual Scientific Meeting 2016. 7-9 September 2016 Windermere, UK.
  • Paltoglou, A.E. and Neri, P. ‘Attentional effects on sensory tuning when attending to visual motion.’ (Oral Presentation) Scottish Vision Group Meeting, 19-21 March 2010, Dunkeld, UK.
  • Paltoglou A.E. and Hall, D.A. ‘Selective Attention to Spatial and Non-Spatial Sound Features Measured with FMRI.’ (Oral Presentation) Association for Research in Otolaryngology Midwinter Meeting, 16 - 21 February 2008, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Paltoglou A.E. and Hall, D.A. ‘Attentional Modulation of Frequency-Sensitive Regions of Human Auditory Cortex Measured with FMRI.’ (Poster Presentation) International Conference for the Auditory Cortex, 17 - 21 September 2006 Belton Woods, Grantham. Volunteer for conference organization.
  • Paltoglou A.E. and Hall, D.A. ‘The Azimuthal Distribution of Spatial Attention Using ITD Cues.’ (Poster Presentation) Experimental Psychology Society, London Meeting, 5 - 6 January 2006.
  • Roberts, K.L., Todd, A., Paltoglou, A.E., Summerfield, A.Q., & Hall, D.A. ‘Auditory spatial attention: Influence of Stimulus Presentation Method.’ (Poster Presentation) Annual Short Papers Meeting, British Society of Audiology, 12 - 13 September 2005, Cardiff, UK.
  • Paltoglou, A.E. ‘The Effects of Tonal Context and Musical Training on the Development of Short-Term Memory for Melodies in Children and Adolescents.’ (Poster Presentation) The Neurosciences and Music Conference II, 5 - 9 May 2005, Leipzig, Germany.

Publications from RADAR

  • Davies, E, Paltoglou, A, Foxcroft, D (2016) Implicit alcohol attitudes predict drinking behavior over and above intentions and willingness in young adults but willingness is more important in adolescents: implications for the Prototype Willingness Model. British Journal of Health Psychology [summary page]
  • Davies, E, Morys-Carter , W, Paltoglou, A (2015) Helping students to climb the mountain: A study to inform the development of a resource to improve the learning of statistics in psychology. Psychology Teaching Review, 21 (1). pp. 56-67. [summary page]
  • Morys-Carter, W, Paltoglou, A, Davies, E (2015) Vertical enhancement of second-year psychology research. Psychology Teaching Review, 21 (1). pp. 68-72. [summary page]
Aspasia Paltoglou


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