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Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Laura Mirams

Dr Laura Mirams

Telephone: 0151 904 6292

Biography

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.

Teaching activities

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)

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

Publications

Highlighted publications

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Lloyd DM. 2017. Spatial limits of visuotactile interactions in the presence and absence of tactile stimulation EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 235 :2591-2600 >DOI >Link

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Zandstra EH, Hoeksma M, Thomas A, El-Deredy W. 2016. Good vibrations: Global processing can increase the pleasantness of touch QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 69 :2471-2486 >DOI >Link

Journal Articles

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Lloyd DM. 2017. Spatial limits of visuotactile interactions in the presence and absence of tactile stimulation EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 235 :2591-2600 >DOI >Link

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 PSYCHOLOGICA, 168 :12-19 >DOI >Link

Mirams L, Poliakoff E, Zandstra EH, Hoeksma M, Thomas A, El-Deredy W. 2016. Good vibrations: Global processing can increase the pleasantness of touch QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 69 :2471-2486 >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

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

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

External collaboration:

Institution: Witten University, Collaborator: Johannes Michalak

Institution: The University of Leeds, Collaborator: Donna Lloyd

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

Institution: The University of Manchester, Collaborator: Ahmed Sadiq

Industrial connections:

Company: Unilever R & D, Position or project: Top-down influences on well-being

Media Coverage:

Links #1: http://neuroconscience.com/2013/02/12/active-controlled-brief-body-scan-meditation-improves-interoceptive-signal-discrimination/, Media coverage: 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

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Distinction