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The activation of contextually predictable words in syntactically illegal positions (2020)
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Cutter, M. G., Martin, A. E., & Sturt, P. (in press). The activation of contextually predictable words in syntactically illegal positions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,

We present an eye-tracking study testing a hypothesis emerging from several theories of prediction during language processing, whereby predictable words should be skipped more than unpredictable words even in syntactically illegal positions. Particip... Read More about The activation of contextually predictable words in syntactically illegal positions.

The Role of Executive Functions in Socioeconomic Attainment Gaps: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial (2020)
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Blakey, E., Matthews, D., Cragg, L., Buck, J., Cameron, D., Higgins, B., …Blakey, E. (2020). The Role of Executive Functions in Socioeconomic Attainment Gaps: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Child Development, https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13358

The socioeconomic attainment gap in mathematics starts early and increases over time. The present study aimed to examine why this gap exists. Four-year-olds from diverse backgrounds were randomly allocated to a brief intervention designed to improve... Read More about The Role of Executive Functions in Socioeconomic Attainment Gaps: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Emotional processing of ironic vs. literal criticism in autistic and non-autistic adults: Evidence from eye-tracking (2020)
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Barzy, M., Filik, R., Ferguson, H. J., & Williams, D. (2020). Emotional processing of ironic vs. literal criticism in autistic and non-autistic adults: Evidence from eye-tracking. Autism Research, https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2272

Typically developing adults are able to keep track of story characters' emotional states online while reading. Filik et al. showed that initially, participants expected the victim to be more hurt by ironic comments than literal, but later considered... Read More about Emotional processing of ironic vs. literal criticism in autistic and non-autistic adults: Evidence from eye-tracking.

The role of the insula in the generation of motor tics and the experience of the premonitory urge-to-tic in Tourette syndrome (2020)
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Jackson, S. R., Loayza, J., Crighton, M., Sigurdsson, H. P., Dyke, K., & Jackson, G. M. (2020). The role of the insula in the generation of motor tics and the experience of the premonitory urge-to-tic in Tourette syndrome. Cortex, 126, 119-133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2019.12.021

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder of childhood onset that is characterised by the occurrence of motor and vocal tics. TS is associated with cortical-striatal-thalamic-cortical circuit [CSTC] dysfunction and hyper-excitability of corti... Read More about The role of the insula in the generation of motor tics and the experience of the premonitory urge-to-tic in Tourette syndrome.

Some animals are more equal than others: Validation of a new scale to measure how attitudes to animals depend on species and human purpose of use (2020)
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Bibby, P. A., Bradley, A., Mennie, N., Bibby, P. A., & Cassaday, H. J. (2020). Some animals are more equal than others: Validation of a new scale to measure how attitudes to animals depend on species and human purpose of use. PLoS ONE, 15(1), e0227948. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227948

Globally, many millions of animals are used by humans every year and much of this usage causes public concern. A new scale, devised to measure attitudes to animal use in relation to the purpose of use and species, the Animal Purpose Questionnaire (AP... Read More about Some animals are more equal than others: Validation of a new scale to measure how attitudes to animals depend on species and human purpose of use.

How do drivers recall positive and negative driving events? A quantitative approach to analysing driving diaries (2020)
Journal Article
Barnard, M., Pampel, S., Burnett, G., Allen, H., & Chapman, P. (2020). How do drivers recall positive and negative driving events? A quantitative approach to analysing driving diaries. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 69, 28-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2020.01.005

Whilst diary studies are often analysed in a qualitative manner, quantitative methods which analyse the percentage of different types of language used in diary entries, now exist. From a driving perspective, this could arguably tell us more about the... Read More about How do drivers recall positive and negative driving events? A quantitative approach to analysing driving diaries.

Limits of the social-benefit motive among high-risk patients: a field experiment on influenza vaccination behaviour (2020)
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Isler, O., Isler, B., Kopsacheilis, O., & Ferguson, E. (in press). Limits of the social-benefit motive among high-risk patients: a field experiment on influenza vaccination behaviour. BMC Public Health,

Background. Influenza vaccine uptake remains low worldwide, inflicting substantial costs to public health. Messages promoting social welfare have been shown to increase vaccination intentions, and it has been recommended that health professionals com... Read More about Limits of the social-benefit motive among high-risk patients: a field experiment on influenza vaccination behaviour.

Mortality in children and adolescents following presentation to hospital after non-fatal self-harm in the Multicentre Study of Self-harm: a prospective observational cohort study (2020)
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Hawton, K., Bale, L., Brand, F., Townsend, E., Ness, J., Waters, K., …Geulayov, G. (2020). Mortality in children and adolescents following presentation to hospital after non-fatal self-harm in the Multicentre Study of Self-harm: a prospective observational cohort study. Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, 4(2), 111-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642%2819%2930373-6

Background Self-harm and suicide in children and adolescents are both growing problems, with self-harm associated with a significant risk of subsequent death, particularly suicide. Long-term follow-up studies are necessary to examine the extent and... Read More about Mortality in children and adolescents following presentation to hospital after non-fatal self-harm in the Multicentre Study of Self-harm: a prospective observational cohort study.

Timing impairments in early Alzheimer’s Disease: Evidence from a mouse model (2020)
Journal Article
Armstrong, P., Pardon, M., & Bonardi, C. (in press). Timing impairments in early Alzheimer’s Disease: Evidence from a mouse model. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease,

A key characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is loss of episodic memory - memory for what happened, where and when; this final aspect - timing - is the focus of this paper. Although timing deficits have been reported in AD patients, no parallel s... Read More about Timing impairments in early Alzheimer’s Disease: Evidence from a mouse model.

University students’ notion of Autism Spectrum Conditions : a Cross-cultural study (2020)
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de Vries, M., Cader, S., Colleer, L., Batteux, E., Yasdiman, M. B., Tan, Y. J., & Sheppard, E. (2020). University students’ notion of Autism Spectrum Conditions : a Cross-cultural study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04343-z

Cultural background might influence knowledge and attitudes regarding autism, influencing willingness to interact. We studied whether beliefs, knowledge, contact, and attitude differed between the UK and Malaysia. With mediation analyses, we studied... Read More about University students’ notion of Autism Spectrum Conditions : a Cross-cultural study.

Altruistic and Warm-Glow Motivations: Differentiating First Time From Repeat Donors (2019)
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Ferguson, E., & Lawrence, C. (2019). Altruistic and Warm-Glow Motivations: Differentiating First Time From Repeat Donors. TPM: Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 26(4), 639-651. https://doi.org/10.4473/TPM26.4.10

The conversion rate of 1st time donors to their 2nd and 3rd donation is low creating a significant problem to transfusion services. We hypothesise that feelings of warm-glow associated with donating blood, contribute to the differentiation between 1... Read More about Altruistic and Warm-Glow Motivations: Differentiating First Time From Repeat Donors.

A Behaviour Sequence Analysis of Young People and Gambling-Related Harm (2019)
Journal Article
Keatley, D., Parke, A., Townsend, E., Markham, C., & Clarke, D. (2019). A Behaviour Sequence Analysis of Young People and Gambling-Related Harm. Journal of Gambling Issues, 43,

Gambling is a worldwide issue that requires continued, extensive investigation. Most people have gambled at some point in their lives, and many do so without incurring problems. However, a number of individuals do experience gambling-related harm, an... Read More about A Behaviour Sequence Analysis of Young People and Gambling-Related Harm.