Paula Trotter


Dr. Paula Trotter
Lecturer in Psychology
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF

+44 (0)151 231 8137


I’m currently Lecturing in Psychology here at LJMU. I started here in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Francis McGlone and Susannah Walker on a Leverhulme Trust grant, researching the role of serotonin in psychological responses to affective touch.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology and Physiology at The University of Manchester. My undergraduate degree included a placement year working for Boehringer Ingelheim in Germany, researching small interfering RNA technology.

Following my undergraduate degree, I moved into clinical research and completed my PhD researching neurobiological mechanisms of affective touch and their role in depression at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit, The University of Manchester. I remained at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit for my first postdoctoral research position, investigating the neurobiology of resilience to depression.

My research is focused on neurobiological mechanisms of C-tactile afferent (CT) responses. I am particularly interested in the role of serotonin in the encoding of CT stimulation, with a view to understanding the importance of CT activating touch in the promotion of general well-being and prevention of psychiatric disorders for which deficient serotonin function is implicated.


Selected Publications

Kass-Iliyya, L., Leung, M., Marshall, A., Trotter, P.D., Kobylecki, C., Walker, S.C., Gosal, D., Jeziorska, M., Malik, R.A., McGlone, F. & Silverdale, M.A. (2016) The perception of affective touch in Parkinson’s disease and its relation to small fibre neuropathy. Eur. J. Neurosci., published online, doi: 10.1111/ejn.13481

Trotter, P.D., McGlone, F., McKie, S., McFarquhar, M., Elliott, R., Walker, S.C., & Deakin, J.F.W. (2016) Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on central processing of CT-targeted and discriminatory touch in humans. Eur. J. Neurosci., 44: 2072–2083

Pulcu, E., Thomas, E.J., Trotter, P.D., McFarquhar, M., Juhász, G., Sahakian, B.J., Deakin, J.F.W., Anderson, I.M., Zahn, R., & Elliott, R. (2015) Social-economical decision making in current and remitted major depression. Psychol. Med., 45(6): 1301-1313

Pulcu, E., Trotter, P.D., Thomas, E.J., McFarquhar, M., Juhász, G., Sahakian, B.J., Deakin, J.F.W., Zahn, R., Anderson, I.M., & Elliott, R. (2014) Temporal discounting in major depressive disorder. Psychol. Med., 44(9): 1825-1834

Pulcu, E., Zahn, R., Moll, J., Trotter, P.D., Thomas, E.J., Juhász, G., Deakin, J.F.W., Anderson, I.M., Sahakian, B.J., & Elliott, R. (2014) Enhanced subgenual cingulate response to altruistic decisions in remitted major depressive disorder. NeuroImage Clin., 4: 701–710

Pinteaux, E., Trotter, P., & Simi, A. (2009) Cell-specific and concentration-dependent actions of interleukin-1 in acute brain inflammation. Cytokine, 45(1):1-7

LJMU Publication Database