Psychology Research Group staff
Dr Diarmuid Verrier
Phone 0114 225 2362
I'm interested in the space between normal and abnormal personality. If these exist on a continuum, then the same kind of behavioural and cognitive traits associated with disorders should be visible (albeit to a lesser extent) within non-clinical populations. Most of my work has involved the personality trait schizotypy, which has been linked to both schizotypal personality disorder and schizophrenia.
I am currently working on a study investigating whether differences in context processing (a facet of cognition in which people with schizophrenia show deficits) are dependent on degree of schizotypy.
I am also interested in psychophysiological aspects of health, and am involved in several studies looking at cardiovascular behaviour in response to stress. One study is looking at whether schizotypy plays a role in this process, while another, funded by the Irish Health Research Board, is concerned with sleep deprivation and aging.
I am currently collaborating with researchers at the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress at the National University of Ireland, Galway on the sleep and aging study referred to above.
Research outputs - key publications
Verrier, D. B., and Hughes, B. M. (In press). Possible psychological factors in the rise of alternative spirituality in Ireland. In O. Cosgrove, L. Cox, C. Kuhling, P. Mulholland, and C. O'Connor (Eds.), New Religion in Ireland: Alternative spiritualities, migrant religions, the New Age and new religious movements. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Hogan, M. J., Kelly, A. M. C., Verrier, D., Newell, J., Hasher, L., and Robertson, I. H. (2009). Optimal time-of-day and consolidation of learning in younger and older adults. Experimental Aging Research, 35, 107-128.
Verrier, D. B., and Hughes, B. M. (In preparation). Schizotypy sub-scales as predictors of systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping.
Verrier, D. B., Hughes, B. M., and Morrison, T. G. (In preparation). The factor structure of the brief form of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ-B). Assessment.