Dr Sylvia Terbeck

Dr Sylvia Terbeck

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health 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

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, 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
Bialek M & Terbeck S 2016 'Can cognitive psychological research on reasoning enhance the discussion around moral judgments?' Cognitive Processing 17, (3) 329-335 , DOI
Maron E, Wall M, Norbury R, Godlewska B, Terbeck S, Cowen P, Matthews P & Nutt DJ 2016 'Effect of short-term escitalopram treatment on neural activation during emotional processing' Journal of Psychopharmacology 30, (1) 33-39 , 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
Terbeck, S., Chesterman, L., McCutcheon, R., McTavish, S., Hewstone, M., Kahane, G., Savlescu, J., Cowen, P., Norbury & R. 2015 'β ADRENOCEPTOR BLOCKADE MODULATES FUSIFORM GYRUS ACTIVITY TO BLACK VERSUS WHITE FACES' Psychopharmacology
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
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
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 & G. 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 & Buck A 2014 'Metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 binding in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder' The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 17, (12) 1915-1922 , DOI
Levy, N., Douglas, T., Kahane, G., Terbeck, S., Cowen, P.J., Hewstone, M., & Savulescu & J. 2013 'Are you morally modified? The moral effects of widely used pharmaceuticals' Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology.
Terbeck S, Kahane G, McTavish S, Savulescu J, Levy N, Hewstone M & Cowen PJ 2013 'Beta adrenergic blockade reduces utilitarian judgement' Biological Psychology 92, (2) 323-328 , DOI
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
Levy, N., Douglas, T., Kahane, G., Terbeck, S., Cowen, P.J., Hewstone, M., & Savulescu & J. 2013 'Response to Crockett & Craigie'
Terbeck S 2013 'Why would they bother taking it? Measurement validity of self-reports' American Journal of Bioethics in press,
Terbeck S 2013 'Will there ever be a drug with no or negliable side effects: Evidence from Neuroscience'
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 PJ & Hewstone M 2012 'Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias' Psychopharmacology (Berl) 222, (3) 419-424 Author Site , DOI
Terbeck S, Kahane, G., McTavish, S., Savulescu, J., Cowen, P., Hewstone & M. 2012 'Response to Burchett et. al.: Measurement validity of implicit tests' Psychopharmacology 222,
Terbeck S 2010 'Flucht vor der ZVS' Report Psychologie
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
Chesterman, P., Terbeck, S., Vaughan & F. 2008 'Malingered Psychosis' Journal of forensic psychiatry and psychology (19)
Terbeck S 2016 'Neuroscience and Stereotyping' Brain and Behaviour Science
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?.
Conference Papers
Simpson W, Longmore C, Anderson G & Terbeck S 2016 'What causes the other-race effect? Evidence from classification images' //0 //0 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