Mr Benjamin Butterworth


My name is Benjamin Butterworth, a third year PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University. 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 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.