Dr Laura Mirams

School of Psychology

Laura completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Manchester in 2011, investigating the effect of attention on body perception and misperception. After her PhD, Laura stayed as a postdoc at the University of Manchester, working on a project funded by Unilever R & D investigating the effect of emotion and attention on touch and self-perception. Since starting her lectureship at Liverpool John Moores University in 2013, Laura’s research remains focused on investigating the cognitive and multisensory processes that affect body perception, and in turn well being, in the general population and in patient groups.

Laura is currently working on research projects investigating:

Tactile perception and misperception in eating disorders.
Social influences on the boundaries of peripersonal space.
The effect of perceived threat on the boundaries of defensive space during the Covid pandemic

Current teaching activities:

Positive Psychology, Face Perception: Processing and Disorders, Dissertation Supervision (Level 6, BSc Psychology)
Empirical Project (Module leader, MSc Positive Psychology and Wellbeing)
Pathways to Wellbeing (MSc Positive Psychology and Wellbeing)

Member of the Psychology Research Ethics Panel

Degrees

2011, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD
2006, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MRes
2005, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, BSc Psychology

Academic appointments

Research Associate (Post Doc), School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester, 2011 - 2013
Teaching Assistant, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester, 2007 - 2008
Research Assistant, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester, 2007 - 2008

Highlighted publications

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Lloyd DM. 2017. Spatial limits of visuotactile interactions in the presence and absence of tactile stimulation. Exp Brain Res, 235 :2591-2600 DOI Author Url Public Url

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Zandstra EH, Hoeksma M, Thomas A, El-Deredy W. 2016. Good vibrations: Global processing can increase the pleasantness of touch. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove), 69 :2471-2486 DOI Author Url Public Url

Journal article

Sacchetti S, Mirams L, McGlone F, Cazzato V. 2020. Self-focused attention enhances tactile sensitivity in women at risk from eating disorders Scientific Reports, 10 DOI Author Url Public Url

Piovesan A, Mirams L, Poole H, Moore D, Ogden R. 2018. The relationship between pain induced autonomic arousal and perceived duration Emotion, 19 :1148-1161 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Lloyd DM. 2017. Spatial limits of visuotactile interactions in the presence and absence of tactile stimulation. Exp Brain Res, 235 :2591-2600 DOI Author Url Public Url

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Zandstra EH, Hoeksma M, Thomas A, El-Deredy W. 2016. Good vibrations: Global processing can increase the pleasantness of touch. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove), 69 :2471-2486 DOI Author Url Public Url

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Zandstra EH, Hoeksma M, Thomas A, El-Deredy W. 2016. I feel bad and look worse than you: Social comparisons moderate the effect of mood on face health judgement. Acta Psychol (Amst), 168 :12-19 DOI Author Url Public Url

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Zandstra EH, Hoeksma M, Thomas A, El-Deredy W. 2014. Feeling Bad and Looking Worse: Negative Affect Is Associated with Reduced Perceptions of Face-Healthiness PLOS ONE, 9 DOI Author Url Public Url

Mirams LR, Poliakoff E, Brown RJ, Lloyd DM. 2013. Brief body-scan meditation practice improves somatosensory perceptual decision making Consciousness and Cognition, 22 :348-359 DOI Author Url

Mirams LR, Poliakoff E, Brown RJ, Lloyd DM. 2013. Brief body-scan meditation practice improves somatosensory perceptual decision making CONSCIOUSNESS AND COGNITION, 22 :348-359 DOI

Mirams LR, Poliakoff E, Brown RJ, Lloyd DM. 2012. Interoceptive and exteroceptive attention have opposite effects on subsequent somatosensory perceptual decision making Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65 :926-938 DOI

Mirams LR, Poliakoff E, Brown RJ, Lloyd DM. 2011. Interoceptive and exteroceptive attention have opposite effects on somatosensory perceptual decision making. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65 :926-938 DOI Author Url

Mirams LR, Poliakoff E, Brown RJ, Lloyd DM. 2010. Vision of the body increases interference on the somatic signal detection task Experimental Brain Research, 202 :787--794 DOI

Mirams LR, Poliakoff E, Brown RJ, Lloyd DM. 2010. Vision of the body increases interference on the Somatic Signal Detection Task Experimental Brain Research, 202 :787-794 DOI Author Url

Conference publication

Piovesan A, Mirams L, Poole H, Moore D, Richter M, Ogden RS. How Pain Affects Time Estimation. A Physiological Study Timing Research Forum

Poole H, Mirams L, Piovesan A, Ogden R. 28. Piovesan A., Mirams L., Poole H., Ogden, R. S. (2018) The effect of pain on memory for duration 4th International Conference on Time Perspective

Piovesan A, Mirams L, Poole H, Moore D, Ogden R. Does pain lengthen time estimation because it increases body arousal? A physiological study. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Experimental Psychology Society

Piovesan A, Mirams L, Poole H, Moore D, Ogden R. Judging the duration of painful stimuli and non-painful stimuli during a state of pain. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Experimental PSychology Society

Research Grants Awarded:

Experimental Psychology Society, Social influences on the spatial boundaries of visuotactile interactions, Ellen Poliakoff, Grant value (£): 3500, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2017

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, The Higher Education Academy. 2015

Membership, Experimental Psychology Society. 2015

Teaching qualification:

PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Distinction. 2015

External collaboration:

http://beamlab.lab.ls.manchester.ac.uk/labmembers/, The University of Manchester, Ellen Poliakoff.

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