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Effects of single session cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation on tic symptoms in Tourette's syndrome (2019)
Journal Article
Dyke, K., Jackson, G. M., Nixon, E., & Jackson, S. R. (in press). Effects of single session cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation on tic symptoms in Tourette's syndrome. Experimental Brain Research,

Tourette syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by motor and phonic tics. For some, tics can be managed using medication and/or forms of behavioural therapy, however, adverse side effects and access to specialist resources can be bar... Read More

Beyond description – the predictive role of affect, memory, and context on the decision to donate or not donate blood (2019)
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Ferguson, E., Masser, B. M., Merx, E., & Williams, L. A. (2019). Beyond description – the predictive role of affect, memory, and context on the decision to donate or not donate blood. Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy, doi:10.1159/000501917

Research on the recruitment and retention of blood donors has typically drawn on a homogeneous set of descriptive theories, viewing the decision to become and remain a donor as the outcome of affectively cold, planned, and rational decision-making by... Read More

The dynamic relationship between pain, depression and cognitive function in a sample of newly diagnosed arthritic adults: a cross-lagged panel model (2019)
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James, R., & Ferguson, E. (2019). The dynamic relationship between pain, depression and cognitive function in a sample of newly diagnosed arthritic adults: a cross-lagged panel model. Psychological Medicine, doi:10.1017/S0033291719001673

Background: Pain and depression are common in the population and co-morbid with each other. Both are also predictive of one another other, and are also associated with cognitive function; people who are in greater pain and more depressed respectively... Read More

On the likelihood of surrogates conforming to the substituted judgment standard when making end-of-life decisions for their partner (2019)
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Batteux, E., Ferguson, E., & Tunney, R. J. (2019). On the likelihood of surrogates conforming to the substituted judgment standard when making end-of-life decisions for their partner. Medical Decision Making, doi:10.1177/0272989X19862800

A considerable proportion of end-of-life decisions are made by the patient’s next-of-kin, who can be asked to follow the substituted judgment standard and decide based on the patient’s wishes. The question of whether these surrogate decision makers a... Read More

Distinguishing suicide ideation from suicide attempts: Further test of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour (2019)
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Branley-Bell, D., O'Connor, D. B., Green, J. A., Ferguson, E., O'Carroll, R. E., & O'Connor, R. C. (2019). Distinguishing suicide ideation from suicide attempts: Further test of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 117, 100-107. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.07.007

Suicidal behaviour poses a significant public health concern. Research into the factors that distinguish between the emergence of suicide ideation and the enactment of a suicide attempt is crucial. This study tests central tenets of the Integrated Mo... Read More

Altruistic and Warm-Glow Motivations: Differentiating First Time From Repeat Donors (2019)
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Ferguson, E., & Lawrence, C. (in press). Altruistic and Warm-Glow Motivations: Differentiating First Time From Repeat Donors. TPM: Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology,

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

Age-related differences in appetitive trace conditioning and novel object recognition procedures (2019)
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Marshall, H., Pezze, M., Fone, K., & Cassaday, H. (2019). Age-related differences in appetitive trace conditioning and novel object recognition procedures. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 164, doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2019.107041

Appetitive trace conditioning (TC) was examined over 6 months in younger-adult (2-8 months) and middle-aged (12-18 months) male Wistar RccHan rats to test for early age-related impairment in working memory. Novel object recognition (NOR) was included... Read More

Stability and flexibility in cognitive control: Interindividual dynamics and task context processing (2019)
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Serrien, D., & O'Regan, L. (2019). Stability and flexibility in cognitive control: Interindividual dynamics and task context processing. PLoS ONE, 14(7), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0219397

Adaptive behaviour requires cognitive control for shielding current goals from distractors (stability) but at the same time for switching between alternative goals (flexibility). In this behavioural study, we examine the stability-flexibility balanc... Read More

The unconscious mind: From classical theoretical controversy to controversial contemporary research and a practical illustration of the “error of our ways” (2019)
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Tsikandilakis, M., Persefoni, B., Derrfuss, J., & Chapman, P. (2019). The unconscious mind: From classical theoretical controversy to controversial contemporary research and a practical illustration of the “error of our ways”. Consciousness and Cognition, 74, 1-13

In this manuscript, the authors present an overview of the history, an account of the theoretical and methodological controversy, and an illustration of contemporary and revised methods for the exploration of unconscious processing. Initially we disc... Read More

Weniger ist manchmal mehr! (2019)
Journal Article
Bast, T. (2019). Weniger ist manchmal mehr!. Gehirn und Geist, 8/2019, 46-51

HIRNFORSCHUNG NEURONALE HEMMUNG Lange Zeit dachten Forscher, dass viele neurologische und psychiatrische Erkrankungen auf einer zu geringen Hirnaktivität beruhen. Doch häufig ist genau das Gegenteil der Fall.

Crossing boundaries: global reorientation following transfer from the inside to the outside of an arena (2019)
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Buckley, M. G., Holden, L. J., Spicer, S. G., Smith, A. D., & Haselgrove, M. (2019). Crossing boundaries: global reorientation following transfer from the inside to the outside of an arena. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 45(3), 322-337. doi:10.1037/xan0000206

In two spatial navigation experiments, human participants were asked to find a hidden goal (a Wi-Fi signal) that was located in one of the right-angled corners of a kite-shaped (Experiment 1) or a cross-shaped (Experiment 2) virtual environment. Goal... Read More

Probability Matching on a Simple Simulated Foraging Task: The Effects of Reward Persistence and Accumulation on Choice Behavior (2019)
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Ellerby, Z., & Tunney, R. J. (in press). Probability Matching on a Simple Simulated Foraging Task: The Effects of Reward Persistence and Accumulation on Choice Behavior. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, doi:10.5709/acp-0261-2

Over a series of decisions between two or more probabilistically rewarded options, humans have a tendency to diversify their choices, even when this will lead to diminished overall reward. In the extreme case of probability matching, this tendency is... Read More

Post-traumatic growth in mental health recovery: qualitative study of narratives (2019)
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Slade, M., Rennick-Egglestone, S., Blackie, L. E., Llewellyn-Beardsley, J., Franklin, D., Hui, A., …Deakin, E. (2019). Post-traumatic growth in mental health recovery: qualitative study of narratives. BMJ Open, 9, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029342

Objectives Post-traumatic growth, defined as positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with challenging life circumstances, is under-researched in people with mental health problems. The aim of this study was to develop... Read More

Using drift diffusion modelling to understand inattentive behaviour in preterm and term-born children (2019)
Journal Article
Retzler, J., Retzler, C., Groom, M., Johnson, S., & Cragg, L. (in press). Using drift diffusion modelling to understand inattentive behaviour in preterm and term-born children. Neuropsychology,

Objective: Children born very preterm are at increased risk of inattention, but it remains unclear whether the underlying processes are the same as in their term-born peers. Drift diffusion modelling (DDM) may better characterise the cognitive proces... Read More

Blood and organ donation: health impact, prevalence, correlates and interventions (2019)
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Ferguson, E., Murray, C., & O'Carroll, R. (2019). Blood and organ donation: health impact, prevalence, correlates and interventions. Psychology and Health, 34(9), 1073-1104. doi:10.1080/08870446.2019.1603385

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

Exploring the psychology of suicidal ideation: a theory driven network analysis (2019)
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De Beurs, D., Fried, E., Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., O'Connor, D., Ferguson, E., …O'Connor, R. (2019). Exploring the psychology of suicidal ideation: a theory driven network analysis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 120, doi:10.1016/j.brat.2019.103419

Two leading theories within the field of suicide prevention are the interpersonal psychological theory of suicidal behaviour (IPT) and the integrated motivational-volitional (IMV) model. The IPT posits that suicidal thoughts emerge from high levels o... Read More