Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Bethany Little

Research Assistant


I am currently working as a Research Assistant with Dr Peter Gallagher, assisting on several projects, including: 

  • Testing the use of wearable technology to examine physical activity and social interaction in late-life depression and the relationship with cognition, mood and brain structure
  • Investigating verbal and non-verbal cognitive performance in patients with aphasia and patients with schizophrenia and role of thought disorder
  • Using eye tracking techniques to investigate how people process emotional facial expressions
  • A longitudinal project investigating the effect of emotional neglect on hippocampal functioning, wellbeing and cognition, including cognitive and pupillometry measures
  • Examining metacognition in Bipolar Disorder


  • MA(Hons) Psychology (with Honours of the First Class), University of Glasgow, 2012.
  • MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology (research), cum laude, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, 2016.

Areas of expertise

  • Cognition and neuropsychology

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Other Information:

I was awarded the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) scholarship during my Master's studies.

I completed my Master's thesis at Durham University as part of the Erasmus Internship Programme. I completed a project investigating cognitive (animacy) processing and fear processing in youths with callous-unemotional traits using cognitive and psychophysiological measures, supervised by Dr Luna Centifanti. 

As part of my Master's course, I completed two projects investigating attentional deficits emotional processing in people with psychopathic traits. Supervised by Dr Sylco Hoppenbrouwers and Dr Jaap Munneke. 

During my MSc, I was employed to edit a textbook by Prof. Dr. Erik Scherder: Scherder, E. (2015). Aging and Dementia. Neuropsychology, Motor Skills, and Pain. (4th ed.) F. Dadis & B. Little (Ed.). Amsterdam: VU University Press.