Dr. Jonathon McPhetres
I am a Biological Psychologist at Durham University. I want to understand how biological and physiological changes in our bodies are connected to psychological experiences. I like to think of it as psychology from the neck down.
My research looks at physiological changes, like piloerection, to understand how our body responds to changes in the environment.
I look for biomarkers in blood and saliva that can tell us something about the biological processes underpinning our experiences and our health.
I measure cardiovascular changes to understand how our body responds to stress.
I ask questions like
Why do we get goosebumps?
How are our biological functions connected to our psychological experience?
What are the physiological processes occurring with different emotions?
What can I learn about the human body and the world?
Psychology from the neck down
I am really interested in studying humans from a biological perspective.
This means I use tools like mass spectrometry and cardiovascular measurements to understand how physiological changes are connected to psychological experiences.