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About Gaby Pfeifer

Dr Gaby Pfeifer (CPsychol, FHEA) is an experimental psychologist with a background in cognitive neuroscience and biological psychology.

Gaby’s area of expertise includes the study of human perception, memory and decision making in emotional contexts.

Current Teaching

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour (Level 4)
  • Growing up in a Social World (Level 4)
  • Lifespan Development (Level 5; Module lead)

Gaby supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students conducting research in the areas of Memory and Perception; Emotions; Personality; Interoception; Aging; Career development.

Research Interests

  • Cognition and Emotion

Gaby’s research examines the mind-body relationship between cognition and emotion. Her research has consistently examined wider influences, such as the effects of aging, personality, individual differences (interoception; synaesthesia), and mild cognitive impairment to gain a comprehensive understanding of the cognitive and affective processes that underlie behaviour. Gaby’s methodological expertise includes behavioural techniques, neuroimaging (fMRI), neuropsychology, electrocardiogram and pharmacological interventions.

  • Career Psychology

Gaby has an interest in career development and aims to embed career specific knowledge in the curriculum to help prepare students for the workplace. Gaby gives invited talks and delivers workshops to students and staff concerning the changing work-life structures in an age of longevity, identifying values to make satisfying career choices, and empowerment/engagement at work.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (10)

Conference contributions (10)

  • Pfeifer G; Betka S; Gould van Praag C; Garfinkel S; Critchley H (2017) Oxytocin attenuates the perception of cardiac signals and reduces fear learning at systole. Brighton 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Pfeifer G; Garfinkel S; Gould van Praag C; Critchley H (2016) Feedback processing during emotional learning is controlled by cardiac cycle, interoceptive accuracy and extraversion. Hungary 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Pfeifer G; Ward J; Chan D; Sigala N (2016) Aging and synaesthesia provide a window into the functions of sensory and higher cortical areas in working memory. Hungary 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Betka S; Pfeifer G; Garfinkel S; Rae C; Harris L; Sequeira H; Duka T; Critchley H (2016) The insular glutamatergic system in Alexithymia: A combined fMRI and MRS study. Lille, France 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Betka S; Pfeifer G; Garfinkel S; Eccles J; Gould van Praag C; Sequeira H; Duka T; Critchley H (2016) Interoception and activation in the anterior insula cortex in binge drinkers. York 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Pfeifer G; Sigala N (2014) Age-related changes in hippocampal-neocortical connectivity during successful associative retrieval. London 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Sigala N; Ward J; Chan D; Pfeifer G (2014) Comparison of visual working memory maintenance and associative memory retrieval in ageing and synaesthesia. Cambridge 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Pfeifer G; Sigala N (2014) Brain activity underlying successful memory retrieval: A comparison of young and older adults. Brighton 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Pfeifer G; Ward J; Rothen N; Sigala N (2013) Cognitive mechanisms in visual associative learning and retrieval: Insights from synaesthesia and old age. Harrogate 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Pfeifer G; Rothen N; Chan D; Ward J; Sigala N (2012) Visual Associative Memory: Age- and Individual differences during Learning & Retrieval Brighton 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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Presentations (5)

  • Pfeifer G (In press), Sustainable Career Planning in an Age of Longevity
  • Pfeifer G (2019), Sustainable Career Planning in an Age of Longevity: Maintaining inspiration and positive job experiences across the lifespan
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  • Pfeifer G (2018), Working and Living in an Age of Longevity: Implications for Career Planning at Young and Older Age.
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  • Pfeifer G (2017), Preparing for a multitrack life career: Working and living in an age of longevity.
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  • Pfeifer G (2017), Integrating personal values in your job: Transitioning from job desperation to job inspiration.
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Theses or dissertations (1)

  • Pfeifer G (2015), The Neural Processes Underpinning Visual Associative Memory: A Comparison of Young Grapheme-Colour Synaesthetes, Older Adults and Young Controls.
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