I am a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
My research concerns human judgment and decision making, and has particularly focused on judgments and choices about time.
The picture on the right is a crude likeness. I usually wear glasses and look less smug (I hope).
Selective exposure and the quest for justice
New work led by Annelie Harvey and Mitch Callan shows that people selectively expose themselves to information that allows them to maintain a sense of justice and deservingness -- preferring to learn about bad things happening to "bad" people and good things happening to "good" people. You can read the accepted manuscript here.
Getting to the bottom of the links between social class and prosociality
New work by Mitch Callan, Hyunji Kim, Ana Gheorghiu, and myself casts fresh light on the complex (and controversial) relations between social class and the willingness to help others. You can read the accepted manuscript here.
Very grateful to have received funding from the Marmaduke Sheild fund to help pay for a new mobile eye-tracker.
A new view of time perception
My work with Warren Meck offers a new account of the links between timing and other mental operations -- a framework we call the "Processing Principle". The pdf is available here.
Welcome to Dr Tim Mullett
We are delighted to be joined by Dr Tim Mullett, who will be using eye-tracking to study the processes that underpin social judgments. Tim has worked as an ESRC fellow in Warwick and completed his PhD at Nottingham; what he doesn't know about the Eyelink 1000 probably isn't worth knowing...
COBS Special Issue
Ana Gheorghiu and I have a short review of repetition and expectation effects in the April 2016 issue of Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences -- and it's open access!
Why do we overestimate others' willingness to pay?
Our work examining the links between beliefs about other peoples' affluence and beliefs about their willingness to pay for consumer products is in the latest issue of Judgment and Decision Making -- available here
"Creating" the endowment effect...
A just-accepted paper by by Lukasz Walasek examines how the act of creating an object affects its valuation by both buyers and sellers. You can read the manuscript here. Another good piece of work from Lukasz's thesis!
Social comparisons and health
New work from Mitch Callan and Hyunji Kim shows that Personal Relative Deprivation is a better predictor of self-reported health than the widely-used measure of subjective socioeconomic status (see here).
Age, deprivation, and social comparison
Our work on age-related changes in the tendency to compare oneself with others has just been accepted by Personality and Individual Differences (see here). We find that older adults make fewer social comparisons and, correspondingly, experience less feelings of relative deprivation and resentment.
Welcome to Dr George Farmer!
We're very luck to be joined by Dr George Farmer, who has recently completed doctoral and post-doctoral work at the University of Manchester. George is an expert on context effects on decision-making, and will be working on a project investigating decision-making by adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Repetition effects do not support a coding-efficiency account of time perception
New paper in JEP:General on the effects of stimulus repetition shows that making repeats more predictable reduces (and sometimes reverses) the usual compressed subjective duration of repeated items -- contrary to the pattern for neural responses, and arguing against a coding-efficiency account of perceived time. A link to the published paper is here and a pdf of the accepted manuscript is here.