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 how emotional and attentional states affect body and self-perception.
Laura is currently working on research projects investigating:
The effect of mindfulness interventions for chronic pelvic pain and chronic post operative pain.
The effect of mindfulness on the perceived duration of pain.
Self-perception in Facial Palsy patients.
Body perception and misperception in eating disorders.
Multisensory influences on tactile perception.
The effect of mood on the perception and misperception of touch.
Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology, Personal Tutor (Level 4)
Positive Psychology, Face Perception, Dissertation Supervisor (Level 6)
Psychological aspects of health and illness (MSc Health Psychology)
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
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
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 >Link
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 >Link
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
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. 2010. Vision of the body increases interference on the somatic signal detection task Experimental Brain Research, 202 :787--794 >DOI
Piovesan A, Mirams L, Poole H, Moore D, Richter M, Ogden RS. How Pain Affects Time Estimation. A Physiological Study Timing Research Forum
Engagement & Impact
Witten University, Johannes Michalak
The University of Leeds, Donna Lloyd
http://beamlab.lab.ls.manchester.ac.uk/labmembers/, The University of Manchester, Ellen Poliakoff
The University of Manchester, Ahmed Sadiq
Unilever R & D, Top-down influences on well-being
http://neuroconscience.com/2013/02/12/active-controlled-brief-body-scan-meditation-improves-interoceptive-signal-discrimination/, Mindfulness and body perception research featured on 'Neuroconscience' blog
Membership of professional bodies:
Membership, Experimental Psychology Society
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, The Higher Education Academy
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
PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Distinction