Esther K. Papies, PhD, lab director

Esther K. Papies

Esther studied Social Sciences at University College Utrecht, The Netherlands, where she received a Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in 2002.  She completed her MSc in Social Psychology in 2003, and received her PhD in 2008 at Utrecht University, working with Prof. Wolfgang Stroebe and Prof. Henk Aarts.  She received the Best Dissertation Award of the Dutch Association of Social Psychological Researchers, the Early Career Award (Jaspars Award) of the European Association for Social Psychology, and a VENI-grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.  Her research has been published in, for example, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Appetite, and the International Journal of Obesity.

Esther worked as an Assistant and then as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Utrecht University, before joining the University of Glasgow as a Senior Lecturer in September 2015.  Esther’s work is currently funded by an ESRC-grant on “The Psychology of Sugary Drinks”.  She serves on the editorial boards of Social Cognition, Appetite, and Social Psychology, and is Associate Editor at the European Journal of Social Psychology. 

Contact Esther at Esther.Papies -at – glasgow dot ac dot uk.

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Dorottya Rusz, MSc, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

DDorottyaorottya joined the Healthy Cognition Lab in February 2019. She is currently conducting research on the motivation for consuming sugary drinks and on how to stimulate healthier beverage choices (funded by our ESRC grant “The psychology of sugary drinks”). Previously, Dorottya did her PhD at Radboud University (The Netherlands). Her thesis examined how goal-irrelevant rewards affect cognitive control processes.

If you have questions, contact Dorottya via email (dorottya.rusz-at-glasgow dot ac dot uk).

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Betül Tatar, MSc, PhD Student

Betul_may2019Betül holds a BSc in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan (2015) and recently graduated with Distinction from the University of Glasgow MSc Psychological Science Conversion Program (2018).  In her PhD, Betül is studing self-regulation techniques in health behaviour, including mindfulness.

Student members

Madeleine Stork, MSc dissertation student

Natalia Ciranova, MSc dissertation student

Xiaojing Li, MSc dissertation student

Holly Miller, BSc dissertation student

Lina-Lotta Kauhanen, BSc dissertation student

Pavla Baarova, BSc dissertation student



Teya Daneva, Carnegie Vacation Scholar, UofG Neuroscience

Gintare Semyte, Carnegie Vacation Scholar, UofG Psychology


Niklas Johannes, MSc, Radboud University – postgraduate research visitor (Feb. 2019 onwards)



If you are interested in doing a PhD on the psychology of health behaviour in our lab, please get in touch!


Lab alumni

Maisy Best, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Maisy completed a BSc degree in Psychology in 2012 and a MSc in Psychological Research Methods in 2013 both from the University of Exeter. She defended her PhD thesis supervised by Prof. Frederick Verbruggen also at Exeter. Her thesis examined the interplay between top-down and bottom-up influences on response inhibition. Maisy joined the Healthy Cognition Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in September 2016, studying the portion size effect in adults and children as a function of socioeconomic status. In October 2018, Maisy joined the Scottish Government as a Senior Researcher in the Equality and Poverty Analysis Unit, with a focus on food insecurity.

Anna Tavoulari, MSc Dissertation Student

Lucy Grant, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Katerina Manoli, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Christopher Henshaw, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Johanna Werner, BSc, visiting researcher from Dresden University, Germany

Mike Keesman, PhD student

Katharina Lindner, PhD student

Caroline Jordan, lab intern

Ani Lazarova, summer intern

Kasia Mojescik, summer intern

Iris Versluis, MSc, PhD student