Dr Beatrice Bretherton


I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leeds investigating the effects of non-invasive electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve on autonomic function, mood and quality of life in volunteers aged 55 years and older. I am also doing postdoctoral work with the pain and research teams at Seacroft Hospital (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust). Prior to these appointments, I obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2018 which investigated the effects of music and non-invasive stimulation of the vagus nerve on autonomic function and emotion.

Research interests


<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BSc Honours in Psychology, Stirling, 2014
  • PhD, Leeds, 2018