Laura Vuillier

Dr Laura Vuillier

  • 01202 964046
  • lrenshawvuillier at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer (Academic) in Psychology
  • Poole House, P251
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Laura has a degree in Biology and a MSc in Neuropsychology from the University of Toulouse, France. She completed her PhD in Psychology, Education and Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge in 2014, where she investigated the relationship between emotion regulation and inhibitory control in children and adults, using EEG. She then worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Cambridge Prosociality and Well-Being Lab at the University of Cambridge where she looked at the relationship between emotions, happiness and mental health, such as the effect of yoga on well-being, or how to better cope with stress.

Laura started her lectureship at Bournemouth University in October 2016, where she is working on understanding the role of emotions in mental health and well-being.

One of her project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme uses EEG to investigate the neural basis of emotion processing and regulation in eating disorders. In another project, she looks at developing early interventions/preventions using mobile phones to help individuals with a gambling problem to better regulate their emotions and gamble more responsibly...



Journal Articles

  • Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Hui, B.P.H. and Kogan, A., 2019. Caring Helps: Trait Empathy is Related to Better Coping Strategies and Differs in the Poor vs the Rich. PLoS ONE.
  • Algashami, A., Vuillier, L., Alrobai, A., Phalp, K. and Ali, R., 2019. Gamification Risks to Enterprise Teamwork: Taxonomy, Management Strategies and Modalities of Application. Systems, 7 (1).
  • Drosatos, G., Arden-Close, E., Bolat, E., Kostoulas, T., Budka, M., McAlaney, J., Phalp, K., Ali, R., Vuillier, L. et al., 2018. Enabling Responsible Online Gambling by Real-time Persuasive Technologies. Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly.
  • Vuillier, L., Bryce, D., Szucs, D. and Whitebread, D., 2016. The maturation of interference suppression and response inhibition: ERP analysis of a cued Go/Nogo task. PLoS One.
  • Pincham, H.L., Wu, C., Killikelly, C., Vuillier, L. and Fearon, P., 2015. Social provocation modulates decision making and feedback processing during adolescence. The Journal of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, 58-66.
  • Pincham, H.L., Wu, C., Killikelly, C., Vuillier, L. and Fearon, R.M.P., 2015. Social provocation modulates decision making and feedback processing: Examining the trajectory of development in adolescent participants. DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 15, 58-66.
  • Vuillier, L., Hermens, D., Chitty, K., Wang, C., Kaur, M., Ward, P., Degrabriele, R., Hickie, I. and Lagopoulos, J., 2015. Emotional Processing, P50 Sensory Gating and Social Functioning in Bipolar Disorder. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 46 (2), 81-87.
  • Vuillier, L., Szucs, D. and Whitebread, D., 2015. ERP evidence of cognitive strategy change in motivational conditions with varying level of difficulty. Neuropsychologia, 70, 126-133.
  • Pincham, H.L., Matejko, A., Obersteiner, A., Killikelly, C., Abrahao, K., Benavides-Varela, S., Gabriel, F., Rato, J. and Vuillier, L., 2014. Forging a new path for Educational Neuroscience: An international young-researcher perspective on combining neuroscience and educational practices. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 3, 28-31.
  • Maheux, J., Vuillier, L., Mahfouz, M., Rouillard, C. and Levesque, D., 2012. Modulation of haloperidol-induced patterns of the transcription factor Nur77 and Nor-1 expression by serotoninergic and adrenergic drugs in the mouse brain. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 15 (4), 509-521.
  • Pincham, H.L., Killikelly, C., Vuillier, L. and Power, A.J., 2012. Examining the Expectation Deficit in Normal Aging. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (4), 1143-1145.


  • Vuillier, L., Sinclair-Harding, L.D. and Whitebread, D., 2017. Neuroscience and Early Childhood Education. The International Handbook for Early Childhood Education & Development. Springer.




PhD Students

  • Abdullah Algashami. Software Engineering Framework for Agreeable and Evolvable Digital Motivation

Profile of Teaching UG

  • 2016-09 SciTech: L6 - Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs
  • 2016-09 SciTech: L6 - Eating, Weight and Behaviour Change
  • 2016-09 SciTech: L6 - Applied Clinical Psychology
  • 2016-09 SciTech: L5 - Developmental and Clinical Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology

Invited Lectures

  • Emotions in mental health, University of Cambridge, 01 Oct 2015 more
  • Career in Academia: why, when and how, Cambridge, 01 Nov 2014 more


  • Dealing with feelings: disentangling emotional processing from regulation in females with bulimia nervosa (British Academy, 01 Jul 2019). Awarded
  • Exploring Emotion Processing and Sensory Gating in Bipolar Disorder (Australia Endeavour Research Fellowship, 01 Jan 2012). Awarded
  • The relationship between emotion regulation and inhibitory control in children: neural and behavioural analyses (University of Cambridge, 01 Oct 2009). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • In collaboration with Dorset Healthcare University Foundation, Bournemouth University Student Union and Dr James Palfreman-Kay (Equality and Diversity Adviser at BU), I organised a conference on Emotions in Eating Disorders to raise awareness to the public and disseminate cutting edge research in the area. I also presented some of my research findings there.
  • Pint of Science coordinator. Pint of Science is a science festival that helps disseminate research to the public in an informal setting: a pub! I aim to bring this initiative to BU
  • Involved in the Service User Lead Teaching Sessions organised at the University of Cambridge. This is an initiative that brings together service user of mental health services and researchers to discuss perspectives and improvement in research. I aim to develop this initiative at BU

Conference Presentations

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Emotional Expression Follow Different Life Course Trajectories for Rich versus Poor Nations, 01 Feb 2015, Long Beach, California, USA
  • EARLI SIG metacognition, ., Emotion regulation and executive function: a new model based on strategies, 01 Aug 2014, Turkey
  • EARLI SIG16 Metacognition, The assessment of self-regulation in pre-school children: the validation of an observational instrument across 4 countries, 01 May 2009, Muenster, Germany

Attended Training

  • Limbic Brain Anatomy Course, 03 Apr 2017


  • PhD in Education and Psychology (University of Cambridge, 2014)
  • MSc in Neuropsychology (University of Toulouse, 2008)
  • BSc (Hons) in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology (University of Toulouse, 2006)


  • Blitz talk (Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2015)
  • Guarantors of Brain travel grant (2014)
  • Fully funded scholarship to attend the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Science (2013)
  • University of Cambridge Hardship Fund (2012)
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Studentship (2012)
  • Fully funded studentship to attend the Visceral Mind Summer School (2011)
  • Guarantors of Brain travel grant (2011)
  • Experimental Psychology Society Study Visit Grant (2012)
  • British Psychological Society Postgraduate Study Visit Grant (2012)
  • Charles Slater Funds Research Grant (2012)


  • Australian Awards Alumni Network, Member,
  • British Psychological Society, Member,
  • Darwin College Alumni Network, Member,
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