Dr Brian Stollery

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Dr Brian Stollery

Clifton, Bristol
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School of Experimental Psychology

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Functional changes in cognition


I started undergraduate life as a physicist at Manchester University, but transferred at the end of the first year into second year Psychology because I wished to pursue a more experimentally based science. I graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) Psychology in 1974 and obtained my PhD, also at Manchester University, in 1980 for work on “The organisation and reorganisation of knowledge”. I then worked in the Department of Occupational Health (Manchester University) on various neurotoxicology related projects from 1980-1987. I joined the Age & Cognitive Performance Research Centre at Manchester as a Research Associate in 1987 to work on various ageing related projects and was appointed Assistant Director of the unit in 1990. I joined the Department of Psychology at Bristol University in 1994, and was appointed senior lecturer in 2002. I am a member of the Experimental Psychology Society.

Research overview

My research covers the areas of occupational health, human aging, cognitive psychology, functional change and the moderating impact of individual differences.

My occupational research concerns the acquired cognitive changes that accompany an individual's exposure to suspected neurotoxins (e.g., lead, aluminium, organic solvents, pesticides) while my aging research covers the changes associated with normal human aging. This includes cognitive training of the elderly where the main emphasis is on the rates of learning, asymptotes of learning, transfer of training and rates of forgetting of cognitive skills. My current research concerns the role of glucose in the promotion of efficient cognitive function, especially within the area of memory.

Other work examines metacognitive changes in relation to stress and aging in working populations. I have recently expanded my research to include post-operative recovery from anaesthesia, faking of neurotoxic deficits, schizotypy and attention, clinical work with depression and bulimia, psychotropic medicine and human errors.

Recent and current grants

  • 2001 – 2002: Development of the Blackboard system for undergraduate training in research methods. Joint applicant with Dr. Jan Noyes (Psychology).
  • 2001 – 2002: Development of web-based packages for training postgraduates. Joint applicant with Dr. Jan Noyes (Psychology).
  • 2000 – 2001: The role of traumatic memories in recovery from Bulimia. Joint applicant with Dr. Bill Jerrom (Barrow Hospital)
  • 1997 – 2000: Non-ionisation radiation risk perception. Joint applicant with Prof. Alan Preece (Oncology) and Prof. Andy Smith (Psychology).

Key words

Acetylcholine, Dopamine, GABA

Diseases related to this field of research

Normal aging, Neurotoxic influences, Depression, Impaired glucose regulation

Processes and functions relevant to this work

Memory, Attention, Verbal and Spatial Skills, Mood

Research group

Leonie Christian

Techniques in routine use

Cognitive performance testing


Professor Tim Perfect (University of Plymouth), Professor Pat Rabbitt (University of Manchester), Dr Bill Jerrom (Barrow Hospital), Dr Leigh Riby (Glasgow Calendonian University), Dr Ritva Akila (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)


Research Methods, Statistics, Perspectives on Information Processing, Occupational Health

PHD students supervised and co-supervised

  • Ohran, Ibraham
  • Christian, Leonie: The influence of glucose on cognitive function: Further investigations of complexity relations. Part time, self-funded: 2002 – current
  • McCarter, Rene: The development and application of a scale to measure adolescents’ knowledge of epilepsy. Part time, self-funded: 2000 – current.
  • Al-Youself, H.A. Self-consistency, cognitive reactions and autobiographical memory in depression. Kuwait Government Funding. 2001-2004. Awaiting viva.
  • Mazarakis, Theo: Insomnia, sleep quality and daytime performance. Full time, Greek Government Scholarship: 2000-2004. Awarded subject to corrections.
  • Riby, Leigh: Aging and executive functioning in dual-tasks: Domain or difficulty? Full time, ESRC Scholarship. PhD Awarded: 2002
  • Meikle, Andy: Glucose and memory: Towards a condition-based hypothesis. Full time. Bristol University Scholarship. . PhD Awarded: 2002

Latest publications

  1. Stollery, BT & Christian, LM 2013, ‘Glucose and memory: The influence of drink, expectancy, and beliefs’. Psychopharmacology.
  2. Fussell, NJ & Stollery, BT 2012, ‘Between-sex differences in romantic jealousy: substance or spin? A qualitative analysis’. Evolutionary Psychology, vol 10., pp. 136-172
  3. Christian, L, Stollery, B & Rogers, P 2010, ‘Glucose (sometimes) does more than what is says on the tin. The influence of information on beliefs about the action of glucose’. Appetite, vol 55., pp. 174 - 174
  4. Stollery, B 2007, ‘Delayed recovery of working memory following day-case surgery’. Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol 21 (1)., pp. 87 - 101
  5. Stollery, B 2007, ‘What are my chances of living to 100?’.
  6. Zetteler, J, Stollery, B, Weinstein, A & Lingford-Hughes, A 2006, ‘Attentional bias for alcohol-related information in adolescents with alcohol-dependent parents’. Alcohol and Alcoholism, vol 41(4)., pp. 426 - 430
  7. Stollery, B 2006, ‘Vigilance’. in: Waldemar Karwowski (eds) International Encyclopaedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, Ltd, pp. 964 - 967
  8. Christian, L, Stollery, B & Rogers, P 2006, ‘The influence of age and glucose ingestion on memory function’. in: British Feeding & Drinking Group: 30th Anniversary Meeting, Birmingham.
  9. Bampasikas, K & Stollery, B 2006, ‘Mobile phone use and optimistic bias: The role of need for cognition’. in: 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.
  10. Christian, L, Stollery, B & Rogers, P 2006, ‘Influence of age and glucose ingestion on memory function’. Appetite, vol 47., pp. 261 - 261

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