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Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHE). Membership application (ongoing).
Caswell, N. & Manning, J.T. (2006) Self-reported Direct Measurements of the Fingers Yield Higher Digit Ratios (2D:4D) than Experimenter-measured Photocopied Fingers (in Press: Arch Sex Behaviour).
Noreen's main field of research is disordered eating behaviour in both clinical and non-clinical male and female populations i.e. anorexia and bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, night eating syndrome, body dysmorphic disorder, obesity, restrained eaters, muscle dysmorphia. She is particularly interested in how the experience of ‘stress’ or negative emotions can lead to or exacerbate disordered eating attitudes and behaviours in vulnerable individuals. She is also a psychophysiologist. This essentially means that Noreen often collects and analyses measures of both physiological e.g. heart rate, blood pressure, gastrointestinal motility and biological ie. neurochemicals such as cortisol reactivity, mostly in response to stress.
In addition, in collaboration with Professor John T Manning, Noreen is also investigating the correlation between digit ratio [the ratio of the lengths of the second (“index”) finger and fourth (“ring”) finger (2D:4D) - used as an index of exposure to pre-natal sex-hormones] and various psychological and physiological traits. For example, psychiatric disorders (eg anorexia and bulimia nervosa), sporting ability (eg endurance running), and cognitions (eg self-perceived attractiveness and academic ability).
Noreen also works in collaboration with one of our associate professors (James W Pennebaker of the University of Texas), she is currently investigating the (psychophysiological, cognitive and behavioural) effects of emotional disclosure in disordered eating populations.
Noreen is Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Health Psychology course. Noreen is also the International Lead for Psychology – currently responsible for delivery in Athens and Cyprus. Noreen is also module leader for PS2030 (Cognitive and Physiological Psychology), PS3040 (Health Psychology: Theory and Practice), PS4325 (Measurement Issues and Outcomes in Health Psychology). She is also involved in teaching on the following modules:
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Noreen is also: