Professor John Parkinson John Parkinson

Head of School

School of Psychology
Adeilad Brigantia
Penrallt Road
Gwynedd LL57 2AS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1248 388340
Fax: +44 (0) 1248 38 2599




PhD University of Cambridge

BA (Hons) Durham University

Research interests

John's research focuses on the interface between cognition and motivation. He is interested in how motivational signals are generated, how they interact with ongoing cognitive processes and how this affects behaviour. His research interests include: the influence of motivational states on cognitive processes such as attention, memory and decision-making; the effect of positive emotional states (such as happiness and flow) on cognition; the role and nature of stimulus-induced behaviours (including motivational arousal and craving in addictive behaviours); the use of fMRI to explore neural mechanisms of motivation.

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Further details of John's research interests are here.

A list of John's publications are linked below, and the Parkinson Lab can be found here.

Professor John Parkinson is a member of the Clinical, Health, & Behavioural Psychology and Social Neuroscience research groups.



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