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Dr Paula Trotter

Dr Paula Trotter

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Biography

After completing her PhD researching neurobiological mechanisms of affective touch and their role in depression at The University of Manchester, Dr Trotter remained at The University of Manchester for her first post-doc, investigating the neurobiology of resilience to depression. She then moved to LJMU, researching the role of serotonin in affective touch responses. Following this, Dr Trotter undertook a maternity cover Psychology Lecturing position at LJMU, before accepting a Psychology Lecturing position at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Trotter returned to LJMU in June 2018 as a Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dr Trotter’s research is focussed on the protective role of C-Tactile (CT) activating interpersonal affective touch throughout our lives, from the early developmental period through to adulthood. Research in adulthood is focussed on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of affective touch, with a view to understanding the protective effects of affective touch against mental health conditions.

Degrees

2011, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD: Neurobiological mechanisms of affective touch and their role in depression
2006, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology & Physiology with Industrial Experience

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Lecturer in Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2017 - 2018
Lecturer in Psychology (maternity cover), Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - 2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - 2016
Research Assistant, Neuroscience & Psychiatry Unit, University of Manchester, 2010 - 2013
Part-time Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, 2007 - 2010

Publications

Highlighted publications

Trotter PD, McGlone F, Reniers R, Deakin B. 2018. Construction and validation of the Touch Experiences and Attitudes Questionnaire (TEAQ): a self-report measure to determine attitudes to and experiences of positive touch Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 42 :379-416 DOI Author Url Public Url

Trotter PD, McGlone F, McKie S, McFarquhar M, Elliott R, Walker SC, Deakin JF. 2016. Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on central processing of CT-targeted and discriminatory touch in humans. The European journal of neuroscience, 44 :2072-2083 DOI Author Url Public Url

Journal article

Trotter PD, McGlone F, Reniers R, Deakin B. 2018. Construction and validation of the Touch Experiences and Attitudes Questionnaire (TEAQ): a self-report measure to determine attitudes to and experiences of positive touch Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 42 :379-416 DOI Author Url Public Url

Pawling R, Trotter PD, McGlone FP, Walker SC. 2017. A positive touch: C-tactile afferent targeted skin stimulation carries an appetitive motivational value BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 129 :186-194 DOI Author Url Public Url

Walker SC, Trotter P, Woods A, McGlone F. 2017. Vicarious ratings of social touch reflect the anatomical distribution & velocity tuning of C-tactile afferents: A Hedonic Homunculus? Behavioural Brain Research, 320 :91-96 DOI Author Url Public Url

Kass-Iliyya L, Leung M, Marshall A, Trotter P, Kobylecki C, Walker S, Gosal D, Jeziorska M, Malik RA, Mcglone F, Silverdale MA. 2016. The perception of affective touch in Parkinson's disease and its relation to small fibre neuropathy European Journal of Neuroscience, 45 :232-237 DOI Author Url Public Url

Trotter PD, McGlone F, McKie S, McFarquhar M, Elliott R, Walker SC, Deakin JF. 2016. Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on central processing of CT-targeted and discriminatory touch in humans. The European journal of neuroscience, 44 :2072-2083 DOI Author Url Public Url

Pulcu E, Thomas EJ, Trotter PD, McFarquhar M, Juhasz G, Sahakian BJ, Deakin JFW, Anderson IM, Zahn R, Elliott R. 2014. Social-economical decision making in current and remitted major depression Psychological Medicine, 45 :1301-1313

Pulcu E, Zahn R, Moll J, Trotter PD, Thomas EJ, Juhasz G, Deakin JFW, Anderson IM, Sahakian BJ, Elliott R. 2014. Enhanced subgenual cingulate response to altruistic decisions in remitted major depressive disorder NeuroImage: Clinical, 4 :701-710 DOI

Pulcu E, Trotter PD, Thomas EJ, McFarquhar M, Juhasz G, Sahakian BJ, Deakin JFW, Zahn R, Anderson IM, Elliott R. 2013. Temporal discounting in major depressive disorder Psychological Medicine, 44 :1825-1834

Walker SC, Trotter PD, Swaney WT, Marshall A, McGlone FP. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides, 64 :27-38 DOI Author Url Public Url

Pinteaux E, Trotter PD, Simi A. Cell-specific and concentration-dependent actions of interleukin-1 in acute brain inflammation Cytokine, 45 :1-7

Trotter PD, Belovol E, McGlone F, Varlamov A. Validation and psychometric properties of the Russian version of the Touch Experiences and Attitudes Questionnaire PLoS ONE, 13 DOI Author Url Public Url