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Research Profile

  • Glenn Hitchman studied Economics at the University of Surrey, graduating with a first class degree and associateship with distinction. He then followed a conversion route into Psychology, obtaining a MSc with distinction at the University of Hertfordshire before completing his PhD at the University of Northampton, where he also worked as an Associate Lecturer. He subsequently spent a period of two years teaching and researching in China, firstly at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and then at Southwest University. After returning to the UK, he was involved in establishing a new academic campus within Wembley Stadium whilst leading a BSc in Sport Psychology at UCFB. He then served as Head of Academic Subjects and Quality Lead at Royal Holloway International Study Centre before returning to the University of Northampton in 2017, where he is now employed as a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Subject Leader in Psychology.

    Although Glenn has been involved in a wide variety of collaborative research projects spanning neuroscience, cognitive psychology and social psychology, his main specialisms are in parapsychology and individual differences. He currently leads the Exceptional Experiences and Consciousness Studies research group in the University of Northampton’s Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences.

    Glenn is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology (DARTP). He is also a full member of the Society for Psychical Research and as a professional member of the Parapsychological Association, he currently serves on the board of directors and as an international liaison for China. Furthermore, Glenn is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

  • Glenn coordinates three modules in the Psychology subject area:

    • PSY1012 Psychology for Life
    • PSY2015 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
    • PSYM101 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

    He also teaches on the Parapsychology and Anomalous Experiences undergraduate module and delivers advanced quantitative research methods training to postgraduate students. He supervises dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    • Trait models of personality
    • The dark triad
    • Individual differences in creativity, lability, latent inhibition and paranormal beliefs
    • Extrasensory perception
    • Morphic resonance
    • Psychokinesis
    • Anomalous experiences
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Glenn Hitchman’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • Cao, Z., Hitchman, G., Qiu, J., Zhang, Q. & Li, Y. (2015). Neural correlates underlying insight problem solving: Evidence from EEG alpha oscillations. Experimental Brain Research. doi:10.1007/s00221-015-4305-x.

    Chang, J., Zhang, M., Hitchman, G., Qiu, J., & Liu, Y. (2014). When you smile, you become happy: Evidence from resting state task-based fMRI. Biological Psychology, 103, 100-106. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.08.003.

    Deng, Z., Wei, D., Xue, S., Du, X., Hitchman, G. & Qiu, J. (2014). Regional gray matter density associated with emotional conflict resolution: Evidence from voxel-based morphometry. Neuroscience, 275, 500-507. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.06.040.

    Ding, Y., Ji, T., Chen, X., & Hitchman, G. (2014). Fear of rejection or concern for fairness: The Proposer’s offering behavior in the Ultimatum Game. Social Behavior and Personality, 3, 401-406. doi: 10.2224/sbp.2014.42.3.401.

    Du, P., Liu, D., Zhang, L., Hitchman, G. & Lin, C. (2014). The processing of contradictory and non-contradictory negative sentences. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 4, 461-472. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2014.903957.

    Du, X., Hitchman, G., Zhang, Q. & Qiu J. (2014). An ERP study of expectation violation in a social comparison context. Journal of Psychophysiology, 28, 73-81. doi: 10.1027/0269-8803/a000112.

    Guan, L., Qi, M., Li, H., Hitchman, G., Yang, J. & Liu, Y. (2015). Priming with threatening faces modulates the self-face advantage by enhancing the other-face processing rather than suppressing the self-face processing. Brain Research. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2015.03.002.

    Hitchman, G. A., Pfeuffer, C. U., Roe, C. A. & Sherwood, S. J. (2016). The effects of experimenter-participant interaction qualities in a goal-oriented nonintentional precognition task. Journal of Parapsychology, 80, 45-69.

    Hitchman, G. A., Roe, C. A. & Sherwood, S. J. (2012).  A re-examination of nonintentional precognition with openness to experience, creativity, psi beliefs and luck beliefs as predictors of success. Journal of Parapsychology, 76, 109-145.

    Hitchman, G. A., Roe, C. A. & Sherwood, S. J. (2015).  The relationship between lability and performance at intentional and non-intentional versions of an implicit PMIR-type task. Journal of Parapsychology, 79, 65-86.

    Hitchman, G. A., Sherwood, S. J. & Roe, C. A. (2015). The relationship between latent inhibition and performance at a non-intentional precognition task. Explore, 11(2), 118-26. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2014.12.004.

    Li, H. J., Sun, J. Z., Zhang, Q. L., Wei, D. T., Li, W. F., Jackson, T., Hitchman, G. & Qiu, J. (2014). Neuroanatomical Differences between Men and Women in Help-Seeking Coping Strategy. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/srep05700.

    Li, W., Li, Y., Yang, W., Zhang, Q., Wei, D., Li, W., Hitchman, G. & Qiu, J. (2015). Brain structures and functional connectivity associated with individual differences in Internet tendency in healthy young adults. Neuropsychologia, 70, 134-44. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.02.019.

    Liu, C., Chen, Z., Wang, T., Tang, D., Hitchman, G., Sun, J., Zhao, X., Wang, L., & Chen, A. (2015). Predicting Stroop Effect from Spontaneous Neuronal Activity: A Study of Regional Homogeneity. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124405.

    Luo, Q., Deng, Z., Qin, J., Wei, D., Cun, L., Qiu, J., Hitchman, G. & Xie, P. (2015). Frequency dependant topological alterations of intrinsic functional connectome in major depressive disorder. Scientific Reports, 5. doi:10.1038/srep09710.

    Pan, W., Wang, T., Wang, X., Hitchman, G., Wang, L., & Chen, A. (2014). Identifying the Core Components of Emotional Intelligence: Evidence from Amplitude of Low-Frequency Fluctuations during Resting State. PLOS One. doi:10.5061/dryad.1dm02.

    Qi, S., Chen, J., Hitchman, G., Zeng, Q., Ding, C., Li, H., & Hu, W. (2014). Reduced representations capacity in visual working memory in trait anxiety. Biological Psychology, 103, 92-99. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.08.010.

    Roe, C. A. & Hitchman, G. A. (2011). Testing the theory of morphic resonance using recognition for Chinese symbols: A failure to replicate. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 75, 211-224.

    Sun, J., Li, H., Li, W., Wei, D., Hitchman, G., Zhang, Q. & Qiu, J. (2014). Regional gray matter volume is associated with rejection sensitivity: A voxel-based morphometry study. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. 14(3), 1077-85. doi: 10.3758/s13415-014-0249-z.

    Tan, J., Zhao, Y., Wu, S., Wang, L., Hitchman, G., Tian, X., Li, M., Hu, L., & Chen, A. (2014). The temporal dynamics of visual working memory guidance of selective attention. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 345. doi:  10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00345.

    Tan, Y., Zhang, Q., Li, W., Wei, D., Qiao, L., Qiu, J., Hitchman, G., & Liu, Y. (2014). The correlation between emotional intelligence and gray matter volume in university students. Brain and Cognition, 91, 100-107. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.08.007.

    Tong, D., Li, W., Wei, D., Yang, W., Hitchman, G., Zhang, Q., & Qiu, J. (2015). The association between regional white and gray matter volume and ambiguity tolerance: Evidence from voxel-based morphometry. Psychophysiology. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12433.

    Tu, S., Jou, J., Cui, Q., Zhao, G., Hitchman, G., Wang, K., Qiu, J., Zhang, Q. (2015). Selective Attention Interacts with Partial Awareness Processes in a Continuous Manner. Cogent Psychology.

    Wang, L., Tang, D., Zhao, Y., Hitchman, G., Wu, S., Tan, J. & Chen, A. (2015). Disentangling the impacts of outcome valence and outcome frequency on the post-error slowing. Scientific Reports, 5. doi: 10.1038/srep08708.

    Wang, T., Chen, Z., Zhao, G., Hitchman, G., Liu, C., Zhao, X., Liu, Y., & Chen, A. (2014). Linking inter-individual differences in the conflict adaptation effect to spontaneous brain activity. NeuroImage, 90, 146-152. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.12.055.

    Wang, X., Wang, T., Chen, Z., Hitchman, G., Liu, Y. & Chen, A. (2015). Functional connectivity patterns reflect individual differences in conflict adaptation. Neuropsychologia, 70, 177–184. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.02.031.

    Wang, Y, Liu, H, Hitchman, G, & Lei, X (2014). Module number of default mode network: Inter-subject variability and effects of sleep deprivation. Brain Research. 1596, 69-78. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.11.007.

    Wei, D., Du, X., Li, W., Chen, Q., Li, H., Hao, X., Zhang, L., Hitchman, G., Zhang, Q. & Qiu, J. (2014). Regional gray matter volume and anxiety related traits interact to predict somatic complaints in a non-clinical sample. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(1), 122-8. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsu033.

    Wu, S., Hitchman, G., Tan, J., Zhao, Y., Tang, D., Wang, L. & Chen, A. (2015). The neural dynamic mechanisms of asymmetric switch costs in a combined Stroop-task-switching paradigm. Scientific Reports, 5. doi:10.1038/srep10240.

    Yang, W., Liu, P., Wei, D., Li, Hitchman, G., Li, X., Qiu, J. & Zhang Q. (2014). Females and males rely on different cortical regions in Raven’s Matrices reasoning capacity: evidence from a voxel-based morphometry study. PLOS ONE, 9, 93-104. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093104.

    Yu, L., Yan, Z., Yang, X., Wang, L., Zhao, Y. & Hitchman, G. (2015). Impact of Social Changes and Birth Cohort on Subjective Well-Being in Chinese Older Adults: A Cross-Temporal Meta-analysis, 1990–2010. Social Indicators Research. doi: 10.1007/s11205-015-0907-8.

    Zeng, J., Cao, Z., Huang, J., Hitchman, G. & Zhang, Q. (2014). Predictability influences whether outcomes are processed in terms of absolute or relative values. Brain and Cognition, 90, 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.04.011.

    Zhao, Y., Tang, D., Hu, L., Zhang, L., Hitchman, G., Wang, L. & Chen, A. (2014). Concurrent working memory task decreases the Stroop interference effect as indexed by the decreased theta oscillations. Neuroscience, 262, 92–106. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.12.052.