Prof Oliver Turnbull

Deputy Vice-Chancellor


Contact info

Roles: Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

Professor of Neuropsychology

Telephone: 01248 383670


Office: Professors Corridor, Main Arts Building


Prof Turnbull is a neuropsychologist, with an interest in emotion and its many consequences for mental life. He is also a clinician, whose work is with patients with neurological lesions, especially those who have suffered cerebro-vascular accident (stroke) and traumatic brain injury.

His scientific  interests include:

(i) emotion-based learning, including the experience that we describe as 'intuition'

(ii) the role of emotion in delusional beliefs, especially in neurological patients

(iii) the neuroscience of psychotherapy

(iv) the management and control of emotion, often called emotion regulation

(v) emotional memory, and its preservation even in profound amnesia.

He is the author of roughly 150 publications on these topics, and (together with Mark Solms) is the co-author of the popular science book 'The Brain and the Inner World' (now translated into 11 languages). For many years, he was the Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Neuropsychoanalysis, and Secretary of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society.

  1. 2016
  2. How language, culture and emotions shape the mind

    Author: Ellis, C., Jan 2016

    Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor) & Turnbull, O. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  3. Neuropsychology of Motivated Forgetting

    Author: Shanker, S., Jan 2016

    Supervisor: Turnbull, O. (Supervisor) & Bracewell, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  4. 2015
  5. Emotional memory for basic emotions in amnesia

    Author: Stanciu, M., 25 May 2015

    Supervisor: Turnbull, O. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  6. Facial cues to mental health symptoms

    Author: Scott, N., Jan 2015

    Supervisor: Ward, R. (Supervisor) & Turnbull, O. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  7. 2013
  8. Emotion regulation after acquired brain injury

    Author: Salas, C., 14 Jun 2013

    Supervisor: Turnbull, O. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy