Dr Vaughan Bell BSc (Hons) MSc CertHE PhD DClinPsy CPsychol
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Institute of Psychiatry
I am a clinical and research psychologist interested in understanding and treating brain injury, mental distress and psychological impairment. I’m currently working in inpatient services in London and am honoured to be a Visiting Researcher here at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. I have the additional honour of being an international member of the ’Chair of Psychopathology and Clinical Psychiatry Professor Germán Berrios’ at the Departamento de Psiquiatría, Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paúl and the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.
activities and interests
My research interests focus on three main areas:
Other ongoing projects:
Past talks / lectures / presentation material available here.
Publications are listed under three headings:
i) Academic writing
ii) Non-academic: print
iii) Non-academic: radio
iv) Non-academic: internet
Bell, V., Méndez, F., Martínez, C., Palma, P.P. & Bosch, M. (in press) Characteristics of the Colombian Armed Conflict and the Mental Health of Civilians Living in Active Conflict Zones. Conflict and Health, 6, 10. [open access]
Stafford, T. & Bell, V. (in press) Brain network: social media and the cognitive scientist. Trends in Cognitive Sciences [email me]
Deeley, Q., Oakley, D.A., Toone, B., Bell, V., Walsh, E., Marquand, A.F., Giampietro, V., Brammer, M.J., Williams, S.C.R., Mehta, M.A., Halligan, P.W. (in press) The Functional Anatomy of Suggested Limb Paralysis. Cortex [email me]
Barrera, M., Calderón, L. & Bell, V. (in press) The cognitive impact of sexual abuse and PTSD in children: a neuropsychological study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse [email me]
Oakley, D.A., Deeley, Q., Bell, V. & Halligan, P.W. (in press) Imaging hysterical, hypnotically suggested and malingered limb paralysis. In M. Hallett, C.R. Cloninger, S. Fahn, P. Halligan, J. Jankovic, A.E. Lang & V. Voon (eds) Psychogenic Movement Disorders and Other Conversion Disorders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [email me]
Bell, V. & Halligan, P.W. (2012) The Neural Basis of Abnormal Personal Belief. In F. Kruger and J. Grafman (eds) The Neural Basis of Human Belief Systems. Hove: Psychology Press. [pdf]
Wicks, P. & Bell, V. (2012) Letter to the Editor: Quality of mental health information on Wikipedia. Psychological Medicine, 42, 891. [email me]
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W., Pugh, K., Freeman, D. (2011) Correlates of perceptual distortions in clinical and non-clinical populations using the Cardiff Anomalous Perceptions Scale (CAPS): Associations with anxiety and depression and a re-validation using a representative population sample. Psychiatry Research, 189 (3), 451-457. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2011) Levels of (un)consciousness. Neuropsychoanalysis, 13, 32-34. [pdf]
Bell, V., Oakley, D.A., Halligan, P.W. & Deeley, Q. (2011) Dissociation in hysteria and hypnosis: evidence from cognitive neuroscience. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 82, 332-339. [pdf]. Selected as Editor’s Choice so full text also available from journal.
Bell, V. (2010) Book Review: Delusion and Self-Deception: Affective and Motivational Influences on Belief Formation. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 15 (6), 574-576 [email me]
Bell, V. (2011) Book Review: The Neuropsychology of Mental Illness. British Journal of Psychiatry, 198, 78-79. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2010) Research Notes: San Lázaro Psychiatric Hospital, ‘El Hospicio de Quito’, Ecuador. History of Psychology, 13 (4), 437-439. [pdf]
Bell, V., Raballo, A. & Larøi, F. (2010) Assessment of Hallucinations. In F. Larøi and A. Aleman (eds) Hallucinations: A Practical Guide to Treatment and Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]
López-Jaramillo, C., Lopera-Vásquez, J., Gallo, A., Ospina-Duque, J., Bell, V., Torrent, C., Martinez-Aran, A. & Vieta, E. (2010) Effects of recurrence on the cognitive performance of patients with Bipolar I disorder: implications for relapse prevention and treatment adherence. Bipolar Disorders, 12 (5), 557–567. [pdf]
Bell, V. & Halligan, P.W. (2010) Additional data on whether vividness of visual mental imagery is linked to schizotypal traits in a non-clinical population. Psychiatry Research, 178(3), 568-9. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2010) The Internet and Clinical Neuropsychology: Privacy, Personal Safety and Effective Internet Use. In J. Gurd, U. Kischka, J. Marshall (eds) Handbook of Clinical Neuropsychology (2nd ed) Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2010) An Alternative Interpretation of ’The Psychotomimetic Effects of Short-Term Sensory Deprivation’. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198 (2), 166. Letter to the editor. [pdf]
Bell, V. & Halligan, P.W. (2009) Cognitive Neurology. In G.G. Berntson and J.T. Cacioppo (eds) Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences: Volume Two. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Ltd. [pdf]
Bell V. (2009) Taking an internet history. British Journal of Psychiatry, 194, 561-2. Letter to the editor. [pdf]
Grueter, T., Grueter, M., Bell, V. & Carbon, C. (2009) Visual mental imagery in hereditary prosopagnosia. Neuroscience Letters, 453 (3), 135-140. [pdf]
Raballo, A., Larøi, F. & Bell, V. (2009) Humanizing the Clinical Gaze: Movies and the Empathic Understanding of Psychosis. Family Medicine, 41 (6), 387-388. Letter to the editor. [pdf]
Rees, J., McKenna, P., Bell, V., Skucek, E., Nichols, E. & Fisher, P. (2008) The Rookwood Driving Battery: normative older adult performance. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47 (2), 139-151. [pdf]
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H.D. (2008) Are anomalous perceptual experiences necessary for delusions? Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 196 (1), 3-8. NB: Publisher’s erratum in Volume 196(3), March 2008, p 262. Full correct version here: [pdf]
Bell, V. (2007) Online information, extreme communities and internet therapy: Is the internet good for our mental health? Journal of Mental Health, 16 (4), 445-457. [pdf]
Grueter, M., Grueter, T., Bell, V., Horst, J., Laskowski, W., Sperling, K., Halligan, P.W., Ellis, H.D. & Kennerknecht, I. (2007) Hereditary prosopagnosia: The first case series. Cortex, 43, 734-749. [pdf]
Bell, V., Reddy, V., Halligan, P.W., Kirov, G., Ellis, H.D. (2007) Relative suppression of magical thinking: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Cortex, 43, 551-557. [pdf]
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H.D. (2007) The Psychosis Continuum and the Cardiff Anomalous Perceptions Scale (CAPS): Are There Multiple Factors Underlying Anomalous Experience? European Psychiatry, 22, Suppl 1, S47. Published abstract. [pdf]
McKenna, P., Bell, V. (2007) Fitness to drive following cerebral pathology: The Rookwood Driving Battery as a tool for predicting on-road driving performance. Journal of Neuropsychology, 1, 85-100. [pdf]
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H.D. (2006) Diagnosing delusions: A review of inter-rater reliability. Schizophrenia Research, 86 (1-3), 76-9. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2006) Through A Scanner Darkly: Neuropsychology and psychosis in Philip K. Dick’s novel "A Scanner Darkly". The Psychologist, 19 (8), 488-489. [pdf]
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H.D. (2006) Explaining delusions: A cognitive perspective. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10 (5), 219-226. [pdf]
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H.D. (2006) The Cardiff Anomalous Perceptions Scale (CAPS): A new validated measure of anomalous perceptual experience. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 32 (2), 366-77. [paper] [scale].
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H.D. (2006) A Cognitive Neuroscience of Belief. In P.W. Halligan & M. Aylward (eds) The Power of Belief: Psychosocial Influences on Illness, Disability and Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]
Bell, V., Maiden, C., Muñoz-Solomando, A. & Reddy, V. (2006) "Mind control experiences" on the internet: Implications for the psychiatric diagnosis of delusions. Psychopathology, 39, 87-91. [pdf]
McKenna, P., Rees, J., Skucek, E., Nichols, E., Fisher, P., Bayer, T. & Bell, V. (2005) The Rookwood Driving Battery and the older adult. In Traffic and Transport Psychology. London: Elsevier. [email me]
Bell, V., Grech, E., Maiden, C., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H.D. (2005) "Internet delusions": A case series and theoretical integration. Psychopathology, 38, 144-150. [pdf]
Bell, V., Lloyd-Wright, Z, Møller, J., Hvas, A., Nexø, E., Sanders, T.A.B. (2005) Cognitive performance in vitamin B12 deficient vegan men with intermediate hyperhomocysteinaemia. Haematologica Reports, 1 (3), 4. Published abstract. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2004) Book review: From the Edge of the Couch: Bizarre psychiatric cases and what they teach us about ourselves by R. Persaud. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 9, 315-318. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2004) Mind control experiences on the internet and the psychiatric diagnosis of delusions. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 12 (2), 162. Published abstract. [pdf]
Bell, V. & Halligan, P. (2004) Book review: Neuropsychological Interventions: Clinical Research and Practice, edited by Paul J. Eslinger. Brain, 127 (1), 237-238. [pdf]
Bell, V., Ellis, H. & Halligan, P. (2003) Neuropsychology, delusions and modularity: The curious problem of belief. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 11 (2), 174. Published abstract. [pdf]
Bell, V., (2003) Book review: Imagination and its Pathologies. Edited by J. Phillips and J.Morley. Human Nature Review, 3, 363-365. [pdf]
Bell, V., Halligan, P.W. & Ellis, H. (2003) Beliefs about delusions. The Psychologist, 16(8), 418-423. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2003) The internet and clinical neuropsychology. In P. Halligan, U. Kischka and J.C. Marshall (eds) Handbook of Clinical Neuropsychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]
Bell, V. (2002) Book review: Pathologies of Belief by M. Coltheart & M. Davies. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 7 (4), 329-333. [pdf]
Bell, V. & Ward, J. (2001, July) Does semantic and episodic memory make equal contributions to learning in memory impaired patients ? Poster session presented at International Conference on Memory 3, Valencia, Spain.
Non-academic writing: print
* The truth about lie detectors
* A brief guide to neuroscience
* The trouble with brain scans
* The rebirth of hypnosis
* Simulating dementia in the brain
Wired UK Magazine
I’m a contributing editor for the fabulous Wired UK. The linked contributions are available on their website:
* Networked drugs (scroll down)
* MRI’s Fatal Attraction
* Mind controller: What is the ’burundanga’ drug?
* YouTube Drug Monitoring
* Illness Prestige
* Ambient Thought Fusion
* Is screen culture damaging our children’s brains? [pdf] - debate with Susan Greenfield.
Beyond Boundaries column
Published in The Psychologist
* Digital Community Psychology
* Lost in Translation
* Fringe Drinking Culture
* Nature vs Nurture is a Lie
* Clinical Psychology is for Women
* Psychology in Argentina
* Social Engineering
* Murder is a Social Act
* Swimming in the Tides of War
* Reaction Formation in New York City
* The Mind is a Guess
30 Second Psychology
Contributory author to 30 Second Psychology edited by Christian Jarrett and published by Icon Books in June 2011.
My contributions to the book are:
* Sperry’s Split Brains
* Seligman’s Prepared Learning
* Charcot’s Hysteria
* Rosenhan’s Insane Places
* Kapur’s Aberrant Salience
* Maslow’s Humanistic Psychology
* Beck’s Cognitive Therapy
* Extreme Male Brains
Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain
Contributory author to Mind Performance Hacks a book by Ron Hale-Evans published by O’Reilly Books in February 2006.
My contributions to the book are:
* Know the Facts About Cognitive Enhancers [pdf]
* Overclock Your Brain [pdf]
* Overcome the Tip-of-the-Tongue Effect [pdf]
* Don’t Neglect The Obvious: Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise [pdf]
Mind Hacks: Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain in the World
Contributory author to Mind Hacks a book by Matt Webb and Tom Stafford, published by O’Reilly Books in December 2004.
My contributions to the book are:
* Detect the Effect of Cognitive Function on Cerebral Blood Flow [pdf]
* Detect Sounds on the Margins of Certainty [pdf]
* Mould Your Body Schema [pdf]
* Have an Out-of-Body Experience [pdf]
* Enter the Twilight Zone: the Hypnagogic State [pdf]
Article on madness and revelation for Openmind magazine, September 2004.
* Is nothing sacred? [pdf]
ABC Radio National
* All in the Mind: The plant that steals your free will? Co-producer and reporter on this documentary on the science and culture of the psychoactive plant brugmansia and the drug ’burundanga’ - rumoured to remove free will.
Non-academic writing: internet
Discover Magazine: The Crux
* Life During Wartime: Can Mental Illness Be a Rational Response?
* What’s Causing Cheerleader Hysteria? Signs of a Struggle Within the Brain
* Anesthesia May Leave Patients Conscious—and Finally Show Consciousness in the Brain
* What Is the “Bible of Psychiatry” Supposed to Do? The Peculiar Challenges of an Uncertain Science
* The Addiction Habit: How addiction has become the pop culture disorder of choice for the 21st century.
* Don’t Touch That Dial!: A history of media technology scares, from the printing press to Facebook.
* Jesus, Jesus, Jesus: What happened when three men who thought they were Jesus lived together in a mental hospital.
* Crazy Talk: We’re too quick to use "mental illness" as an explanation for violence.
* Prophecy Fail: What happens to a doomsday cult when the world doesn’t end?
* Hypnosis in the lab
* Ghost Stories: Visits from the Deceased: An article about grief hallucinations.
BPS Research Digest
* Unusual experiences in everyday life
* What’s the most important psychology experiment that’s never been done...? Hiring private detectives to investigate paranoid delusions.
* Studio Charcot: An article about photography, ’madness’ and ’hysteria’ in the 19th century.
* Stüdyo Charcot: Turkish translation with fantastic illustrations.
I am a daily contributor to Mind Hacks, the website stemming from the book of the same name (see above). It provides daily news and short articles related to the mind and brain. Occasionally, I write longer articles for the site, including:
* The curious case of Morgellons disease
* Everyday insanity: psychosis and the mundane
* On orgasms, epilepsy and the lack of sexual neuroscience
* Is depression a brain disease?
* Pulp symptoms
* Hijacking intelligence
* The hardest cut: Wilder Penfield and the fight for his sister
kuro5hin is a collaborative peer-edited journalism site.
* Simulating Psychosis II: Virtual Unreality
* Modern-day Lycanthropy
* Madness In Gotham
* Simulating Psychosis
* The Psychology and Neuroscience of Alien Abduction
* Koro: A Natural History of Penis Panics
I spent a lot of time writing and developing psychopathology articles in the early days of Wikipedia, although sadly I have much less time to contribute these days. However, the articles I wrote or worked on are linked below, some now in better shape than others.
* Adolf Wölfli
* Amphetamine psychosis
* Capgras Delusion (Capgras Syndrome)
* Cognitive neuropsychology
* Compulsive hoarding
* Cotard Delusion (Cotard Syndrome)
* Delusional Disorder
* Delusional Jealousy (Othello Syndrome)
* Delusional misidentification syndrome
* Delusional Parasitosis (Ekbom Syndrome)
* Erotomania (De Clerambault Syndrome)
* Eugene Bleuler
* Executive system
* Face perception
* Fregoli Delusion (Fregoli Syndrome)
* Folie à deux
* James Tilly Matthews
* Jerusalem syndrome
* Jules Cotard also in Spanish
* Kurt Schneider
* Martha Mitchell Effect
* Phineas Gage
* R. D. Laing
* Reduplicative paramnesia
* Statistical parametric mapping
* Thomas Szasz
* W. H. R. Rivers also in Spanish
last updated: Saturday, May 23, 2009