Benjamin Butterworth

Now then! My name is Benjamin Butterworth, a first-year PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University. I’m very excited to be the new Scottish Branch rep and look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible. If you want to get in touch with me about anything or if there is something I can do for you, please feel free to get in touch with me and chat. My email is Benjamin.butterworth@gcu.ac.uk, or you can reach on twitter (@MemoryEasy).

I have a background in cognitive psychology, completing my Psychology BSc (Hons) at Durham University in 2016, focusing on human memory. I graduated with an MRes in Psychology from the University of York in 2017, investigating the levels of processing effect under the supervision of Professor Alan Baddeley.

My current PhD employs a mixed-methods design investigating how alcohol influences memories for traumatic events, and how this in turn affects symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (e.g. intrusive memories). As such, my interests have expanded into mental health and substance use, conducting interviews with heavy drinkers in addition to testing the effect of alcohol on memory in the lab. I’m also a member of the Scottish Alcohol Research Network and would be happy to talk to anyone interested in alcohol, memory and/or trauma.