Dr Alexander Taylor PhD (Reading), PGCTHE (Aberystwyth), MSc(hons) (Manchester), BSc(hons) (Staffordshire)

Dr Alexander Taylor

Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology

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Dr Alexander Taylor is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychology Society and a Fellow of the Higehr education academy, with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Reading, a MSc honours degree in Neuroscience from the University of Manchester, and a first-class BSc honours degree in Human Biology and Psychology from Staffordshire University. I have experience and expertise in research of, as well as clinical and teaching experience in: affective neuroscience, cognition, ageing, Alzheimer’s, mental health, neuroimaging, psychophysiology, immune markers, neuropsychology and research methods. The main themes of my research is focused on older adults emotional and physical health in the context of emotional and cognition interactions in relation to psychological and neural models and theories.


Current research areas: Consequences of induced anxiety on cognitive and motor functioning; Impact of Kombucha and prebiotics on cognitive, stress and emotional control in healthy individuals (Innovate UK funding); Well being in nature.

Research roles have included: A studying focusing on cognitive development in deaf children and the impact upon neural connections in key neural correlates using fNIRS to assess neural activity; Another relates to work involving the youth justice services, accessing the success of a summer arts project of reducing subsequent offending behaviour. At the Institute for Stroke and Dementia (ISD) in Munich, my research focused on multimodal imaging (EEG-fMRI combined) of human brain changes in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease; Next I undertook a project at the University of Southampton measuring the effect of drugs which target acid sensing ion channels (ASICs) that may reduce anxiety, achieved by using the CO2 challenge to induce the anxiety in healthy volunteers (EOG, immune markers and behavioural).

Throughout my research roles I have gained valuable teaching experience in areas of biological psychology, neuropsychology, cognition, research methods and other core psychology areas. I am currently completing the UKPSF accredited PCGTHE qualification to formalise the standard and experience of my teaching.


Chair of Psychology Dept. ethics committee

Member of the University research ethics panel (REP)


Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 10:30-12:00
  • Wednesday 11:30-13:00


Taylor, ANW, Low, DC, Walsh, GS & Holt, N 2023, 'The impact of anxiety on postural control: CO2 challenge model', Psychophysiology, vol. 60, no. 3, e14192. 10.1111/psyp.14192
Simon-Vermot, L, Taylor, ANW, Araque Caballero, MA, Franzmeier, N, Buerger, K, Catak, C, Janowitz, D, Kambeitz-Ilankovic, L, Ertl-Wagner, B, Duering, M & Ewers, M 2018, 'Correspondence Between Resting-State and Episodic Memory-Task Related Networks in Elderly Subjects', Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, vol. 10, 362. 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00362
Franzmeier, N, Hartmann, J, Taylor, ANW, Araque Caballero, MA, Simon-Vermot, L, Kambeitz-Ilankovic, L, Buerger, K, Catak, C, Janowitz, D, Mueller, C, Ertl-Wagner, B, Stahl, R, Dichgans, M, Duering, M & Ewers, M 2018, 'The left frontal cortex supports reserve in aging by enhancing functional network efficiency', Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, vol. 10, no. 1, 28. 10.1186/s13195-018-0358-y
Franzmeier, N, Hartmann, J, Taylor, ANW, Araque Caballero, MA, Simon-Vermot, L, Beurger, K, Kambeitz-Ilankovic, L, Ertl-Wagner, B, Mueller, C, Catak, C, Janowitz, D, Stahl, R, Dichgans, M, Duering, M & Ewers, M 2017, 'Left Frontal Hub Connectivity during Memory Performance Supports Reserve in Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment', Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease , vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 1381-1392. 10.3233/JAD-170360
Franzmeier, N, Göttler, J, Grimmer, T, Drzezga, A, Araque Caballero, MA, Simon-Vermot, L, Taylor, ANW, Beurger, K, Catak, C, Janowitz, D, Mueller, C, Duering, M, Sorg, C & Ewers, M 2017, 'Resting-State Connectivity of the Left Frontal Cortex to the Default Mode and Dorsal Attention Network Supports Reserve in Mild Cognitive Impairment', Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, vol. 9, no. AUG, 264. 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00264
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