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Do our risk preferences change when we make decisions for others? A meta-analysis of self-other differences in decisions involving risk (2019)
Journal Article
Batteux, E., Ferguson, E., & Tunney, R. J. (2019). Do our risk preferences change when we make decisions for others? A meta-analysis of self-other differences in decisions involving risk. PLoS ONE, 14(5), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216566

Background Are we more risk-averse or risk-seeking when we make decisions on behalf of other people as opposed to ourselves? So far, findings have not been able to provide a clear and consistent answer. Method We propose a meta-analysis to assess... Read More

The Power of Nothing: Risk Preference in Pigeons, But Not People, Is Driven Primarily by Avoidance of Zero Outcomes (2019)
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Pisklak, J. M., Madan, C. R., Ludvig, E. A., & Spetch, M. L. (in press). The Power of Nothing: Risk Preference in Pigeons, But Not People, Is Driven Primarily by Avoidance of Zero Outcomes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition,

Both human and non-human animals regularly need to make choices where the outcomes of their actions are unpredictable or probabilistic in some way. These are often termed “risky” choices. Faced with uncertain rewards, people (Homo sapiens) and pigeon... Read More

Olfactory threshold selectively predicts positive psychometric schizotypy (2019)
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Mathur, N., Dawes, C., & Moran, P. (in press). Olfactory threshold selectively predicts positive psychometric schizotypy. Schizophrenia Research,

Olfactory impairment might be useful as a non-invasive pre-morbid biological marker of psychosis. People with schizophrenia show consistent impairments, but an association between olfaction and schizotypy in non-clinical populations is inconclusive a... Read More

A Computational Implementation of a Hebbian Learning Network and its Application to Configural Forms of Acquired Equivalence (2019)
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Robinson, J., Heinke, D., & George, D. (2019). A Computational Implementation of a Hebbian Learning Network and its Application to Configural Forms of Acquired Equivalence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, doi:10.1037/xan0000203

We describe and report the results of computer simulations of the three-layer Hebbian network informally described by Honey, Close, and Lin (2010). Simulations were of four published experimental demonstrations of configural acquired equivalence. Exp... Read More

Are sequential sample designs useful for examining post-traumatic changes in character strengths? (2019)
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Lamade, R. V., Jayawickreme, E., Blackie, L. E., & Mcgrath, R. E. (2019). Are sequential sample designs useful for examining post-traumatic changes in character strengths?. Journal of Positive Psychology, doi:10.1080/17439760.2019.1610481

Previous research on differences in character strengths as a result of traumatic cultural events has relied on non-overlapping samples of individuals who completed online questionnaires before and after the event. This study expands on these previous... Read More

Supported and valued? A survey of early career researchers’ experiences and perceptions of youth and adult involvement in mental health, self-harm and suicide research (2019)
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Wadman, R., Williams, J., Brown, K., & Nielsen, E. (2019). Supported and valued? A survey of early career researchers’ experiences and perceptions of youth and adult involvement in mental health, self-harm and suicide research. Research Involvement and Engagement, 5, 1-12. doi:10.1186/s40900-019-0149-z

Background Patient and public involvement (PPI) in mental health research, including self-harm and suicide research, is desirable (as with other health topics) but may involve specific challenges given the perceived sensitivity of the topic. This is... Read More

How are major gambling brands using Twitter? (2019)
Journal Article
Bradley, A. (2019). How are major gambling brands using Twitter?. International Gambling Studies, doi:10.1080/14459795.2019.1606927

This paper is the first to compare how major gambling brands are using the popular social media platform Twitter, looking at how gambling brands vary in the frequency of their messages, the content of their tweets and engagement with their Twitter ac... Read More

Data visualization for inference in tomographic brain imaging (2019)
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Pernet, C., & MADAN, C. (in press). Data visualization for inference in tomographic brain imaging. European Journal of Neuroscience,

Tomographic brain imaging has a rich iconography. Whilst figures are prepared for scientific communication (i.e., directed to other researchers) they also often end-up on magazine and journal covers (i.e., directed to a lay audience). Scientific figu... Read More

Do we make decisions for other people based on our predictions of their preferences?: evidence from financial and medical scenarios involving risk (2019)
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Batteux, E., Ferguson, E., & Tunney, R. J. (2019). Do we make decisions for other people based on our predictions of their preferences?: evidence from financial and medical scenarios involving risk. Thinking and Reasoning, doi:10.1080/13546783.2019.1592779

The ways in which the decisions we make for others differ from the ones we make for ourselves has received much attention in the literature, although less is known about their relationship to our predictions of the recipient’s preferences. The latter... Read More

Trajectories of pain predict disabilities affecting daily living in arthritis (2019)
Journal Article
James, R. J., Walsh, D. A., & Ferguson, E. (2019). Trajectories of pain predict disabilities affecting daily living in arthritis. British Journal of Health Psychology, doi:10.1111/bjhp.12364

Purpose: To examine the interplay between pain and disability in arthritis when adjusting for patient heterogeneity in pain progression. There is consistent evidence to suggest that people experience osteoarthritis heterogeneously, with subgroups of... Read More

Slowdown of BCM plasticity with many synapses (2019)
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Froc, M., & van Rossum, M. C. W. (2019). Slowdown of BCM plasticity with many synapses. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 46(2), 141-144. doi:10.1007/s10827-019-00715-7

During neural development sensory stimulation induces long-term changes in the receptive field of the neurons that encode the stimuli. The Bienenstock-Cooper-Munro (BCM) model was introduced to model and analyze this process computationally, and it r... Read More

Value bias of verbal memory (2019)
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Chakravarty, S., Fujiwara, E., Madan, C., Tomlinson, S., Ober, I., & Caplan, J. (2019). Value bias of verbal memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 107, 25-39. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2019.03.005

Cross-modal interference-control is reduced in childhood but maintained in aging: a cohort study of stimulus-and response-interference in cross-modal and unimodal Stroop tasks (2019)
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Hirst, R. J., Kicks, E. C., Allen, H. A., & Cragg, L. (2019). Cross-modal interference-control is reduced in childhood but maintained in aging: a cohort study of stimulus-and response-interference in cross-modal and unimodal Stroop tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, doi:10.1037/xhp0000608

Interference-control is the ability to exclude distractions and focus on a specific task or stimulus. However, it is currently unclear whether the same interference-control mechanisms underlie the ability to ignore unimodal and cross-modal distractio... Read More

Visual Speech Benefit in Clear and Degraded Speech Depends on the Auditory Intelligibility of the Talker and the Number of Background Talkers (2019)
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Blackburn, C. L., Kitterick, P. T., Jones, G., Sumner, C. J., & Stacey, P. C. (2019). Visual Speech Benefit in Clear and Degraded Speech Depends on the Auditory Intelligibility of the Talker and the Number of Background Talkers. Trends in Hearing, 23, 1-14. doi:10.1177/2331216519837866

Perceiving speech in background noise presents a significant challenge to listeners. Intelligibility can be improved by seeing the face of a talker. This is of particular value to hearing impaired people and users of cochlear implants. It is well kno... Read More

Blood and organ donation: health impact, prevalence, correlates and interventions (2019)
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Ferguson, E., Murray, C., & O'Carroll, R. (in press). Blood and organ donation: health impact, prevalence, correlates and interventions. Psychology and Health,

Objective: Without a supply of blood, health services could not meet their clinical needs. Similarly, organs for transplantation save and transform lives. Donations are acts of generosity that are traditionally seen as altruistic, and accordingly, in... Read More

Suboptimal human multisensory cue combination (2019)
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Arnold, D. H., Petrie, K., Murray, C., & Johnston, A. (2019). Suboptimal human multisensory cue combination. Scientific Reports, 9(1), doi:10.1038/s41598-018-37888-7

Information from different sensory modalities can interact, shaping what we think we have seen, heard, or otherwise perceived. Such interactions can enhance the precision of perceptual decisions, relative to those based on information from a single s... Read More