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Professor Elizabeth Valentine
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Professor Elizabeth Valentine

BA, PhD, FBPsS, CPsychol


Emeritus Professor of Psychology

  Email: e.valentine@rhul.ac.uk
  Fax: 01784 434347
  Telephone: 01784 443526

Research Interests
History and philosophy of psychology

My main current research interest is in the development of scientific psychology in Britain, particularly London, during the first third of the twentieth century, with a particular focus on personal relationships. I have published a monograph on a British pioneer woman psychologist, Beatrice Edgell. I am the founding editor of History & Philosophy of Psychology, the periodical of the History & Philosophy Section of the British Psychological Society, a member of the advisory group for the Societys History of Psychology Centre, and actively involved in its Oral History Project. I have a long-standing interest in philosophical psychology and co-edited with George Graham the selected papers of U.T. Place, the founder of mind-brain identity theory.

Psychology of music performance

I am also interested in the psychology of music performance and ways of enhancing it. I collaborated with Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrfe of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, on a project funded by the British Academy. We investigated methods of reducing stage-fright in actors, in particular comparing techniques from South Indian traditions with Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Memory expertise

John Wilding and I have carried out a series of investigations memory expertise, in particular attempting to distinguish the contribution of natural memory superiority from that of mnemonic techniques. Our most recent study, in collaboration with Eleanor Maguire and Narinder Kapur, employed brain imaging. Although there were no structural differences between the brains of mnemonic experts and controls, functional imaging revealed a pattern of brain activation while memorising consistent with the reported use of visuo-spatial strategies, such as the method of loci.

1. Valentine, E.R. (2013).  Philosophy and History of Psychology. Selected works of Elizabeth Valentine. Psychology Press
2. Valentine, E.R. (2012).   Spooks and spoofs: Relations between psychical research and academic psychology in Britain in the inter-war period .  History of the Human Sciences. 25, 67-90.
3. Valentine, E.  (2010).  Women in early 20th-century experimental psychology..  The Psychologist. Leicester: British Psychological Society23, 972-75.
4. Valentine, E.R. (2010).  Ida Beata Saxby (formerly Sachs) (1883−1949).. In H. Gundlach, R. Roe, M. Sinatra & G. Tanucci (Eds.),  European Pioneer Women in Psychology. Milan, Italy: Franco Angeli 159-172.
5. Valentine, E.R. (2009).   “A brilliant and many-sided personality”: Jessie Margaret Murray, founder of the Medico-Psychological Clinic .  Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. 45, 145-61.
6. Williamon, A. , Thompson, S. , Valentine, E.R (2007).   Time-dependent characteristics of performance. .  Music Perception. 25, 13−29.
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