Welcome to the homepage for the 2017 Stirling Conference on Psychology (SCOP). The conference will take place on Wednesday 5th April in the University of Stirling, from 9am – 6pm.

The conference is a student organised event, intended to showcase research being conducted within the University of Stirling’s Psychology department by final year undergraduates.  In addition, postgraduate students are also invited to present current work and findings.

This year, SCOP is delighted to be hosting keynote speaker Dr. Peter Uhlhaas, who has a PhD in Psychology, from the University of Stirling. He currently works at Glasgow University, where he is currently researching the autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.

A full programme for the day will be made available for the students in due course.


This conference will provide an opportunity to present recent work regarding any area of psychology. In particular, fourth year students at the University of Stirling are encouraged to present their current findings with regards to their dissertation projects. However, the conference is open to all to display any recent findings. Presentations must include empirical data in order to be accepted.

Poster Presentation

As part of the PSYU9Y8 module, all fourth-year honours students are required to present either a poster at one of the poster sessions scheduled throughout the day, or take part in a panel discussion. The sessions will be grouped according to research topic and authors will be asked to explain the content of their poster to small groups throughout the session and answer any questions the attendee may have. The poster should be based on a piece of empirical research which you have completed during your time at the University of Stirling. Posters can be either presented individually, or in groups of up to three individuals. 

Panel Discussion

Students can take part in a panel discussion, as an alternative to presenting a poster.  Each panel discussion will be based on knowledge learned during your time at the University of Stirling. A sign-up link will be sent out to all fourth-year students, who will then be able to sign up to one of the given areas of psychology. Each sign up will require a minimum of four students and will allow no more than six. After the sign-up period has ended, all individuals in the group will be emailed, confirming details. 


Certificates will be awarded to the best poster presentation and the best panel discussion. 


Abstract proposal for both poster presentations and oral presentations should be emailed to the committee, and should be no more than 200 words. The deadline for abstract submissions

Please click here‌ to complete and submit the abstract form to .



20th February, 2017 Deadline for panel discussion sign-up.
3rd March, 2017 Deadline for submitting Abstract (poster presentation and panel discussion).
7th March, 2017 Lecture 9am-11am. How to prepare for your presentation.
26th March, 2017 Deadline for submitting final poster to print. All applications must be handed in by 12pm.
5th April, 2017 Conference Day

SCOP Wednesday 5th April 2016

SCOP schedule

Stirling Conference on Psychology




Peter J. Uhlhaas, Ph.D.

Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

'Understanding Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Neural Dynamics and Cognition: From Phenomenology to Neural Circuits'


A considerable body of work over the last 10 years combining non-invasive electrophysiology (electroencephalography/magnetoencephalography) in patient populations with preclinical research has contributed to the conceptualization of schizophrenia as a disorder associated with aberrant neural dynamics and disturbances in excitation/inhibition balance. We have carried out several studies which have tested this hypothesis through a combination of MEG-measurements in ScZ-patients and pharmacological manipulations in healthy volunteers. These results highlight a pronounced impairment in high-frequency activity in both chronic and unmedicated patients as well as the potential contribution of impaired prediction processes. The pattern of dysfunctional gamma-band activity and aberrant ERF-responses in schizophrenia are consistent with the effects of ketamine in healthy volunteers, highlighting the central role of aberrant NMDA-receptor functioning for the understanding of abnormal circuit functioning in schizophrenia.

Our recent work has employed MEG to understand the developmental trajectory of neural oscillations during adolescence and the possibility to develop a biomarker for early detection and diagnosis of ScZ. We found marked changes in the amplitude of high-frequency oscillations and synchrony that were particularly pronounced during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. These findings may be relevant for the understanding of schizophrenia as a disorder of late brain maturation with implications for early intervention and diagnosis. 

The committee will consist of the following individuals; to talk to any of the members please email

Aimee Lord
Andrew Hutcheson
Delia Couper
Gemma Currie
Hannah Todd
Holly Simmons
Katie Heslop
Lindsay Collins
Megan Wilson
Stephanie Foster-Duffy




For pictures of the event please look later.




Previous SCOP presenters;


Dr Alex McIntyre 2016 Her talk highlighted the application of psychology to solve the problem of facial identification. N/A
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