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Dr Leigh Riby

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

Dr Leigh Riby is an Associate Professor in Psychology, using a cognitive neuroscience approach to examine ageing, mind wandering and creative imagination.

Leigh Riby 255He obtained his PhD in 2001 from Bristol University (executive functioning in old age) before moving on to Stirling to undertake a post-doctoral position investigating episodic memory using EEG and fMRI methodology.  Leigh also held a lectureship at Glasgow Caledonian University.


BSc (Hons), PhD

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Leigh's other interests include 1) nutrition and mental performance 2) diabetes, 3) memory retrieval processes, 4) brain imaging techniques, 5) typical/atypical development & 6) music and cognition.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Collaborators include:- University of Western Australia, Swinburne University,   The Open University, Newcastle and Sunderland NHS, Nottingham Trent University,  York University and Durham University.

Current/Recent Projects

2011-2013 Diabetes UK: Dual task performance and executive control in older adults with type 2 diabetes. [PI] £14, 444

Key Publications

Riby, Leigh,
Smith, Michael and Foster, Jonathan K. (2012) Nutrition and Mental Performance: a lifespan perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230299894

Brown, Louise and Riby, Leigh (2013) Glucose enhancement of event-related potentials associated with episodic memory and attention. Food & Function, 4. pp. 770-776. ISSN 2042-6496

Greer, Joanne, Riby, Deborah, Hamilton, Colin and Riby, Leigh (2013) Attentional Lapse and Inhibition Control in Adults with Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities. ISSN 0891-4222 (In Press)

Reay, Jonathon, Smith, Michael and Riby, Leigh (2013) B vitamins and cognitive performance in older adults: Review. ISRN Nutrition, 2013 (650983). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2314-4068

Riby, D. M., Kirk, H., Hanley, M., & Riby, L. M. (2013). Stranger danger awareness in Williams syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12055. (In Press)

Riby, Leigh (2012) The Joys of Spring: Changes in mental alertness and brain function. Experimental Psychology (formerly Zeitschrift für Experimentelle Psychologie), 60 (2). pp. 71-79. ISSN 1618-3169

Riby, Leigh and Orme, Elizabeth (2012) A familiar pattern? Semantic memory contributes to the enhancement of visuo-spatial memories. Brain and Cognition, 81 (2). pp. 215-222. ISSN 0278-2626

Riby, Leigh, Law, Anna S., McLaughlin, Jennifer and Murray, Jennifer (2011) Preliminary evidence that glucose ingestion facilitates prospective memory performance. Nutrition Research, 31 (5). pp. 370-377. ISSN 0271-5317

Barron, Evelyn, Riby, Leigh, Greer, Joanna and Smallwood, Jonathan (2011) Absorbed in Thought: The Effect of Mind Wandering on the Processing of Relevant and Irrelevant Events. Psychological Science, 22 (5). pp. 596-601. ISSN 0956-7976

Riby, Deborah, Jones, Nicola, Brown, Philippa, Robinson, Lucy, Langton, Stephen, Bruce, Vicki and Riby, Leigh (2011) Attention to Faces in Williams Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 (9). pp. 1228-1239. ISSN 0162-3257

Smith, Michael, Riby, Leigh, Eekelen, J. A. M. and Foster, Jonathan K. (2011) Glucose enhancement of human memory: A comprehensive research review of the glucose memory facilitation effect. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 35 (3). pp. 770-783. ISSN 0149-7634

Brown, Louise, Riby, Leigh and Reay, Jonathon (2010) Supplementing cognitive aging: a selective review of the effects of ginkgo biloba and a number of everyday nutritional substances. Experimental Aging Research, 36 (1). pp. 105-122. ISSN 0361-073X

Riby, Deborah, Riby, Leigh and Reay, Jonathon (2009) Differential sensitivity to rotations of facial features in the Thatcher illusion. Psychological Reports, 105 (3). pp. 721-726. ISSN 0033-2941

Smith, Michael, Riby, Leigh, Sünram-Lea, Sandra, Eekelen, J. A. M. and Foster, Jonathan K. (2009) Glucose modulates event-related potential components of recollection and familiarity in healthy adolescents. Psychopharmacology, 205 (1). pp. 11-20. ISSN 0033-3158

Riby, Leigh, Marriott, A., Bullock, Robert, Hancock, J., Smallwood, Jonathan and McLaughlin, Jennifer (2009) The effects of glucose ingestion and glucose regulation on memory performance in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 63 (4). pp. 566-571. ISSN 0954-3007

Riby, Leigh, McLaughlin, Jennifer and Riby, Deborah (2008) Lifestyle, glucose regulation and the cognitive effects of glucose load in middle-aged adults. British Journal of Nutrition, 100 (5). pp. 1128-1134. ISSN 0007-1145

Riby, Leigh, Smallwood, Jonathan and Gunn, Valerie (2008) Mind wandering and retrieval from episodic memory: a pilot event-related potential study. Psychological Reports, 102 (3). pp. 805-818. ISSN 0033-2941

Riby, Leigh, Sünram-Lea, Sandra, Graham, C., Foster, Jonathan K., Cooper, T., Moodie, C. and Gunn, Valerie (2008) P3b versus P3a: an event-related potential investigation of the glucose facilitation effect. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 22 (5). pp. 486-492. ISSN 0269-8811

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