Dr Sylvia Terbeck

Dr Sylvia Terbeck

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Psychology


DPhil Experimental Psychology [University of Oxford] 04/2013

Diplom Psychology [MSc equivalent] [University of Vienna] 12/2008

Vordiplom Psychology [BSc equivalent] [University of Kiel] 04/2006

After studying psychology in Germany and Austria I came to the UK to complete my PhD at Oxford University. My research has always focused on social psychology, I am interested to understand intergroup relations and priciples of social groups.

Professional membership

German Psychological Society
British Psychological Society

Teaching interests

Social Psychology
Project student supervision

Research interests

Social Neuroscience
Moral Psychology
Social Psychology/ Intergroup relations
Virtual Reality

Grants & contracts

2017-2018 PI on research grant; BA/Leverhulme [£9.900]

2015-2016 PI on research grant; British Academy/Leverhulme [£7700]

2008-2013 Full 3 year PhD scholarship [Program on the Ethics of the new Bioscience]  [University fee + ~ £39.000]

2009 Free Mover DAAD scholarship [German exchange] [University of Vienna] [Euro 680,00]

Key publications are highlighted

Francis KB, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Howard IS & Terbeck S 2019 'Alcohol, empathy, and morality: acute effects of alcohol consumption on affective empathy and moral decision-making' Psychopharmacology , DOI PEARL
McCutcheon R, Bloomfield MAP, Dahoun T, Quinlan M, Terbeck S, Mehta M & Howes O 2018 'Amygdala reactivity in ethnic minorities and its relationship to the social environment: an fMRI study' Psychological Medicine 48, (12) 1985-1992 , DOI PEARL
Francis KB, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Howard IS & Terbeck S 2017 'Virtual morality in the helping professions: Simulated action and resilience' British Journal of Psychology 109, (3) 442-465 , DOI PEARL
Francis K, Terbeck S, Briazu R, Haines A, Gummerum M, Ganis G & Howard IS 2017 'Simulating Moral Actions: An Investigation of Personal Force in Virtual Moral Dilemmas' Scientific Reports , DOI PEARL
Davison SMC, Deeprose C & Terbeck S 2017 'A comparison of immersive virtual reality with traditional neuropsychological measures in the assessment of executive functions' Acta Neuropsychiatrica 1-11 , DOI
Francis KB, Howard C, Howard IS, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Anderson G & Terbeck S 2017 'Correction: Virtual Morality: Transitioning from Moral Judgment to Moral Action?' PLoS ONE 12, (1) e0170133-e0170133 , DOI
Terbeck S 2017 'The social neuroscience of biases in in-and-out-group face processing' Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40, , DOI
Francis KB, Howard C, Howard IS, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Anderson G & Terbeck S 2016 'Virtual Morality: Transitioning from Moral Judgment to Moral Action?' PLOS ONE 11, (10) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bialek M & Terbeck S 2016 'Can cognitive psychological research on reasoning enhance the discussion around moral judgments?' Cognitive Processing 17, (3) 329-335 , DOI PEARL
Terbeck S 2016 'Neuroscience and Stereotyping' Brain and Behaviour Science
Maron E, Wall M, Norbury R, Godlewska B, Terbeck S, Cowen P, Matthews P & Nutt DJ 2015 'Effect of short-term escitalopram treatment on neural activation during emotional processing' Journal of Psychopharmacology 30, (1) 33-39 , DOI
Terbeck S, Kahane G, McTavish S, McCutcheon R, Hewstone M, Savulescu J, Chesterman LP, Cowen PJ & Norbury R 2015 'β-Adrenoceptor blockade modulates fusiform gyrus activity to black versus white faces' Psychopharmacology 232, (16) 2951-2958 , DOI PEARL
Terbeck S, Kahane G, McTavish S, Savulescu J, Levy N, Hewstone M & Cowen P 2014 'Corrigendum to ‘Beta adrenergic blockade reduces utilitarian judgement’ [Biol. Psychol. 92 (2013) 323–328]' Biological Psychology 103, 370-370 , DOI
Bilek, M., Terbeck S, Handley & S. 2014 'Cognitive psychological support for the ADC model of moral judgments' American Journal of Bioethics, Neuroscience
Akkus, F., Terbeck, S., Ametamey, S.M., Rufer, M.D., Treyer, V., Burger, C., Johayem, A., Gomez Mancilla, B., Sovago, J., Buck, A., Hasler, et. al 2014 'Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 5 Binding in Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder' International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Akkus F, Terbeck S, Ametamey SM, Rufer M, Treyer V, Burger C, Johayem A, Mancilla BG, Sovago J 2014 'Metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 binding in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder' The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 17, (12) 1915-1922 , DOI
Sylvia T, Guy K, Sarah M, Julian S, Neil L, Miles H & Cowen PJ 2014 'Corrigendum to “Beta adrenergic blockade reduces utilitarian judgment” [Biol. Psychol. 92 (2) (2013) 323–328]' Biological Psychology 97, 67-67 , DOI PEARL
Levy N, Douglas T, Kahane G, Terbeck S, Cowen PJ, Hewstone M & Savulescu J 2014 'Are You Morally Modified?: The Moral Effects of Widely Used Pharmaceuticals' Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 21, (2) 111-125 , DOI
Levy N, Douglas T, Kahane G, Terbeck S, Cowen PJ, Hewstone M & Savulescu J 2014 'Disease, Normality, and Current Pharmacological Moral Modification' Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 21, (2) 135-137 , DOI
Terbeck S 2013 'Will there ever be a drug with no or negliable side effects: Evidence from Neuroscience'
Levy, N., Douglas, T., Kahane, G., Terbeck, S., Cowen, P.J., Hewstone, M.,, et. al 2013 'Response to Crockett & Craigie'
Levy, N., Douglas, T., Kahane, G., Terbeck, S., Cowen, P.J., Hewstone, M.,, et. al 2013 'Are you morally modified? The moral effects of widely used pharmaceuticals' Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology.
Terbeck S 2013 'Why would they bother taking it? Measurement validity of self-reports' American Journal of Bioethics in press,
Sylvia T, Samuel M, Luis G & Zuzet M 2013 'No association of the HLA-DQ alleles with myasthenia gravis in Cuban patients' Human Immunology 74, (8) 983-985 , DOI
Terbeck S 2013 'Why Students Bother Taking Adderall: Measurement Validity of Self-Reports' AJOB Neuroscience 4, (1) 21-22 , DOI
Terbeck S & Chesterman LP 2012 'Parents, ADHD and the internet' Atten Defic Hyperact Disord 4, (3) 159-166 Author Site , DOI
Terbeck S, Kahane, G., McTavish, S., Savulescu, J., Cowen, P., Hewstone, et. al 2012 'Response to Burchett et. al.: Measurement validity of implicit tests' Psychopharmacology 222,
Terbeck S, Kahane G, McTavish S, Savulescu J, Cowen PJ & Hewstone M 2012 'Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias' Psychopharmacology (Berl) 222, (3) 419-424 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Terbeck S, Kahane G, McTavish S, Savulescu J, Cowen P & Hewstone M 2012 'Reply to Burchett, T.S. and Glenn, L.L. ‘Measurement validity of tests for implicit negative bias’' Psychopharmacology 222, (4) 723-724 , DOI
Terbeck S 2010 'Flucht vor der ZVS' Report Psychologie
Chesterman, P., Terbeck, S., Vaughan & F. 2008 'Malingered Psychosis' Journal of forensic psychiatry and psychology (19)
Terbeck S, Chesterman P, Fischmeister FPS, Leodolter U & Bauer H 2008 'Attribution and Social Cognitive Neuroscience: A new approach for the “online-assessment” of causality ascriptions and their emotional consequences' Journal of Neuroscience Methods 173, (1) 13-19 , DOI
Terbeck S, Akkus F & Chesterman LP and Hasler G 2015 'The role of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 in the pathogenesis of mood disorders and addiction: Combining preclinical evidence with human Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies' Frontiers in Neuroscience
Terbeck & S. 2016 Prejudice: Can we cure it?.
Terbeck S 2016 The Social Neuroscience of Intergroup Relations:. Springer International Publishing , DOI
2017 'The Politics of Social Psychology' Psychology Press , DOI
Conference Papers
Simpson W, Longmore C, Anderson G & Terbeck S 2016 'What causes the other-race effect? Evidence from classification images' 87-87

Other academic activities

Reviewer for Encyclopaedia of social neuroscience; British Journal of Psychiatry; ADHD, PLOS ONE

Media presence including: BBC world, Channel 4 news, and CBS news