Professor Tony Towell

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Tony has a PhD in psychopharmacology and joined the University of Westminster in 1992 following a period with the MRC external staff at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Since then, he has collaborated with colleagues at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and has held grants from the MRC, HEFCE, and ESF. His current research concerns the social and biological factors associated with pain experience, the psychophysiology of pre attentive processing and factors associated with the development and treatment of eating disorders. He is also involved in a number of projects investigating student lifestyle factors and health. For the past few years Tony has been involved in the training of health psychologists and is course leader for the part-time evening MSc Health Psychology programme and Chair of the British Psychological Society, Board of Examiners in Health Psychology.

Psychophysiology of pain; cognitive electrophysiology; eating behaviours; enhanced health and positive well-being

2018

Measuring the Engagement of the Learner in a Controlled Environment Using Three Different Biosensors (2018)
El-Abbasy, K., Angelopoulou, A. and Towell, A. 2018. Measuring the Engagement of the Learner in a Controlled Environment Using Three Different Biosensors. 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. Madeira, Portugal 15 to end of 17 Mar 2018 SCITEPRESS.

2015

Affective Computing to Enhance E-Learning in Segregated Societies (2015)
El-Abbasy, K., Angelopoulou, A. and Towell, A. 2015. Affective Computing to Enhance E-Learning in Segregated Societies. 2015 Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW 2015). London 23 Sep 2015 OpenAccess Series in Informatics.

2018

The Relationship Between Schizotypal Facets and Conspiracist Beliefs via Cognitive Processes (2018)
Barron, D., Furnham, A., Weis, L., Morgan, K.D., Towell, A. and Swami, V. 2018. The Relationship Between Schizotypal Facets and Conspiracist Beliefs via Cognitive Processes. Psychiatry Research. 259, pp. 15-20.

2017

Visual mismatch negativity to masked stimuli presented at very brief presentation rates (2017)
Flynn, M., Liasis, A, Gardner, M. and Towell, A. 2017. Visual mismatch negativity to masked stimuli presented at very brief presentation rates. Experimental Brain Research. 235 (2), pp. 555-563.

2015

Pakistani children’s experiences of growing up with Beta-Thalassemia Major (2015)
Mufti, G.E.R., Towell, A. and Cartwright, T. 2015. Pakistani children’s experiences of growing up with Beta-Thalassemia Major. Qualitative Health Research. 25 (3), pp. 386-96.
Examination of the factor structure of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ) among British and Trinidadian adults (2015)
Barron, D., Towell, A., Swami, V. and Morgan, K.D. 2015. Examination of the factor structure of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ) among British and Trinidadian adults. BioMed Research International. 2015, p. Article ID 258275.

2014

Associations between schizotypy and belief in conspiracist ideation (2014)
Barron, D., Morgan, K.D., Towell, A., Altemeyer, B. and Swami, V. 2014. Associations between schizotypy and belief in conspiracist ideation. Personality and Individual Differences. 70, pp. 156-159.
American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): a randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of its effects on mood in healthy volunteers (2014)
Brock, C., Whitehouse, J., Tewfik, I. and Towell, A. 2014. American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): a randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of its effects on mood in healthy volunteers. Phytotherapy Research. 28 (5), pp. 692-698.

2013

Identity issues surrounding American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and an optimised high performance liquid chromatography method to authenticate commercially available products (2013)
Brock, C., Whitehouse, J., Tewfik, I. and Towell, A. 2013. Identity issues surrounding American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and an optimised high performance liquid chromatography method to authenticate commercially available products. Journal of Herbal Medicine. 3 (2), pp. 57-64.

2012

The use of Scutellaria lateriflora: a pilot survey amongst herbal medicine practitioners (2012)
Brock, C., Whitehouse, J., Tewfik, I. and Towell, A. 2012. The use of Scutellaria lateriflora: a pilot survey amongst herbal medicine practitioners. Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2 (2), pp. 34-41.
Respiratory and non-respiratory sinus arrhythmia: implications for heart rate variability (2012)
McMullen, M.K., Whitehouse, J., Shine, G. and Towell, A. 2012. Respiratory and non-respiratory sinus arrhythmia: implications for heart rate variability. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing. 26 (1), pp. 21-28.
Respiratory and non-respiratory sinus arrhythmia: implications for heart rate variability (2012)
McMullen, M.K., Whitehouse, J., Towell, A. and Rhodes, G. 2012. Respiratory and non-respiratory sinus arrhythmia: implications for heart rate variability. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing. 26 (1), pp. 21-28.
Caffeine in hot drinks elicits cephalic phase responses involving cardiac activity (2012)
McMullen, M.K., Whitehouse, J., Shine, G., Whitton, P.A. and Towell, A. 2012. Caffeine in hot drinks elicits cephalic phase responses involving cardiac activity. Food & Function. 3 (9), pp. 931-940.

2011

The immediate and short-term chemosensory impacts of coffee and caffeine on cardiovascular activity (2011)
McMullen, M.K., Whitehouse, J., Shine, G., Whitton, P.A., Towell, A. and Rhodes, G. 2011. The immediate and short-term chemosensory impacts of coffee and caffeine on cardiovascular activity. Food & Function. 2 (9), pp. 547-554.
Habitual coffee and tea drinkers experienced increases in blood pressure after consuming low to moderate doses of caffeine; these increases were larger upright than in the supine posture (2011)
McMullen, M.K., Whitehouse, J., Rhodes, G. and Towell, A. 2011. Habitual coffee and tea drinkers experienced increases in blood pressure after consuming low to moderate doses of caffeine; these increases were larger upright than in the supine posture. Food & Function. 2 (3-4), pp. 197-203.

2010

The Finometer can function as a standalone instrument in blood pressure variability studies and does not require support equipment to determine breathing frequency (2010)
McMullen, M.K., Whitehouse, J., Shine, G. and Towell, A. 2010. The Finometer can function as a standalone instrument in blood pressure variability studies and does not require support equipment to determine breathing frequency. Blood Pressure Monitoring. 15 (4), pp. 220-224.
American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): an ancient remedy for today’s anxiety? (2010)
Brock, C., Whitehouse, J., Tewfik, I. and Towell, A. 2010. American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): an ancient remedy for today’s anxiety? British Journal of Wellbeing. 1 (4), pp. 25-30.
Somatosensory discrimination: an intracranial event-related potential study of children with refractory epilepsy (2010)
Spackman, L., Towell, A. and Boyd, S. 2010. Somatosensory discrimination: an intracranial event-related potential study of children with refractory epilepsy. Brain Research. 1310, pp. 68-76.
The Finometer can function as a standalone instrument in blood pressure variability studies and does not require support equipment to determine breathing frequency (2010)
Mcmullen, M., Whitehouse, J., Shine, G., Towell, A. and Rhodes, G. 2010. The Finometer can function as a standalone instrument in blood pressure variability studies and does not require support equipment to determine breathing frequency. Blood Pressure Monitoring. 15 (4), pp. 220-4.
Competence-based training and assessment by portfolio: the health psychology model (2010)
Elander, J., Towell, A. and Fox, P. 2010. Competence-based training and assessment by portfolio: the health psychology model. Psychology Learning and Teaching. 6 (2), pp. 73-79.

2009

Can illusory deviant stimuli be used as attentional distractors to record vMMN in a passive three stimulus oddball paradigm? (2009)
Flynn, M., Liasis, A., Gardner, M., Boyd, S. and Towell, A. 2009. Can illusory deviant stimuli be used as attentional distractors to record vMMN in a passive three stimulus oddball paradigm? Experimental Brain Research. 197 (2), pp. 153-161.
Are there ethnic differences in positive body image among female British undergraduates? (2009)
Swami, V., Airs, N., Chouhan, B., Padilla Leon, M.A. and Towell, A. 2009. Are there ethnic differences in positive body image among female British undergraduates? European Psychologist. 14 (4), pp. 288-296.

2008

A thematic analysis of childrens' experiences of living with thalassemia major in Pakistan (2008)
Mufti, G.E.R., Cartwright, T. and Towell, A. 2008. A thematic analysis of childrens' experiences of living with thalassemia major in Pakistan. Psychology & Health. 23 (S1), p. 189.

2007

Effects of stimulus frequency and duration on the somatosensory mismatch negativity (2007)
Spackman, L., Boyd, S. and Towell, A. 2007. Effects of stimulus frequency and duration on the somatosensory mismatch negativity. Clinical Neurophysiology. 118 (5), p. e175.
Illness perceptions in depersonalization disorder: testing an illness attribution model (2007)
Baker Towell, D.M., Earle, M., Medford, N., Sierra, M., Towell, A. and David, A.S. 2007. Illness perceptions in depersonalization disorder: testing an illness attribution model. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 14 (2), pp. 105-116.
Effects of stimulus frequency and duration on somatosensory discrimination responses (2007)
Spackman, L., Boyd, S. and Towell, A. 2007. Effects of stimulus frequency and duration on somatosensory discrimination responses. Experimental Brain Research. 177 (1), pp. 21-30.

2006

Identification and characterization of somatosensory off responses (2006)
Spackman, L., Boyd, S. and Towell, A. 2006. Identification and characterization of somatosensory off responses. Brain Research. 1114 (1), pp. 53-62.
Monitoring visual function in children with syndromic craniosynostosis: a comparison of 3 methods (2006)
Liasis, A., Nischal, K.K., Walters, B., Thompson, D., Hardy, S., Towell, A., Dunaway, D., Jones, B., Evans, R. and Hayward, R. 2006. Monitoring visual function in children with syndromic craniosynostosis: a comparison of 3 methods. Archives of Ophthalmology. 124 (8), pp. 1119-1126.
Evidence for a neurophysiologic auditory deficit in children with benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (2006)
Liasis, A., Bamiou, D.E., Boyd, S. and Towell, A. 2006. Evidence for a neurophysiologic auditory deficit in children with benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes. Journal of Neural Transmission. 113 (7), pp. 939-949.
FC38.3 Characterization of somatosensory discrimination responses using scalp and intracranial recordings (2006)
Spackman, L., Boyd, S. and Towell, A. 2006. FC38.3 Characterization of somatosensory discrimination responses using scalp and intracranial recordings. Clinical Neurophysiology. 117 (Supplement 1), p. 1.
P36.42 Identification of a pre-attentive visual discrimination response (2006)
Flynn, M., Liasis, A., Gardner, M. and Towell, A. 2006. P36.42 Identification of a pre-attentive visual discrimination response. Clinical Neurophysiology. 117 (Supplement 1), p. 194.

2004

Perceived control, locus of control and preparatory information: effects on the perception of an acute pain stimulus (2004)
Williams, D., Golding, J.F., Phillips, K. and Towell, A. 2004. Perceived control, locus of control and preparatory information: effects on the perception of an acute pain stimulus. Personality and individual differences. 36 (7), pp. 1681-1691.

2003

Speech and non-speech processing in hemispherectomised children: an event-related potential study (2003)
Liasis, A., Boyd, S., Rivera-Gaxiola, M. and Towell, A. 2003. Speech and non-speech processing in hemispherectomised children: an event-related potential study. Cognitive Brain Research. 17 (3), pp. 665-673.
The prevalence and predictors of psychological distress in men with prostate cancer who are seeking support (2003)
Balderson, N. and Towell, A. 2003. The prevalence and predictors of psychological distress in men with prostate cancer who are seeking support. British Journal of Health Psychology. 8 (2), pp. 125-134.
A preliminary investigation into quality of life, psychological distress and social competence in children with Cloacal Exstrophy (2003)
Baker Towell, D.M. and Towell, A. 2003. A preliminary investigation into quality of life, psychological distress and social competence in children with Cloacal Exstrophy. Journal of Urology. 169 (5), pp. 1850-1853.

2002

Functional outcome following stroke in children (2002)
Towell, A., Gordon, A., Ganesan, V. and Kirkham, F. 2002. Functional outcome following stroke in children. Journal of Child Neurology. 17 (6), pp. 429-434.

2001

Does the pre-frontal cortex contribute to movement-related potentials? Recordings from subdural electrodes (2001)
Jahanshahi, M., Dirnberger, G., Liasis, A., Towell, A. and Boyd, S. 2001. Does the pre-frontal cortex contribute to movement-related potentials? Recordings from subdural electrodes. Neurocase. 7 (6), pp. 495-501.
The impostor phenomenon in British university students: relationships between self-esteem, mental health, parental rearing style and socioeconomic status (2001)
Sonnak, C. and Towell, A. 2001. The impostor phenomenon in British university students: relationships between self-esteem, mental health, parental rearing style and socioeconomic status. Personality and Individual Differences. 31 (6), pp. 863-874.
Compliance and outcome in treatment-resistant anorexia and bulimia: a retrospective study (2001)
Baker Towell, D.M., Woodford, S., Reid, S., Rooney, B. and Towell, A. 2001. Compliance and outcome in treatment-resistant anorexia and bulimia: a retrospective study. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 40 (2), pp. 189-195.
Intracranial identification of an electric frontal-cortex response to auditory stimulus change: a case study (2001)
Liasis, A., Towell, A., Alho, K. and Boyd, S. 2001. Intracranial identification of an electric frontal-cortex response to auditory stimulus change: a case study. Cognitive Brain Research. 11 (2), pp. 227-233.
Auditory event-related potentials in the assessment of auditory processing disorders: a pilot study (2001)
Liasis, A., Bamiou, D.E., Campbell, P. and Towell, A. 2001. Auditory event-related potentials in the assessment of auditory processing disorders: a pilot study. Neuropediatrics. 34, pp. 23-29.

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