Prof John Parkinson

Head of School / Professor

Contact info

Head of School

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

Tel: +44 (0) 1248 388340
Email: j.parkinson@bangor.ac.uk
Web: www.backofbeyond.co.uk

Contact Info

Head of School

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

Tel: +44 (0) 1248 388340
Email: j.parkinson@bangor.ac.uk
Web: www.backofbeyond.co.uk

Other

Qualifications

 

PhD University of Cambridge

BA (Hons) Durham University

Research

 

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.

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

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

I currently have no funding available for PhDs but am interested in projects that focus specifically on:

(1) Promoting mental health and resilience in Higher Education, and

(2) Designing and implementing positive psychology interventions to promote mental & physical health, and resilience across the population.

Such projects would consider motivational factors (e.g. SDT) as well as acknowledging dual-process approaches to behaviour (e.g. Kahneman’s S1 & S2)

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