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).
If John is taller than Jake, where is John?
New work on inferences about spatial relations from descriptions of magnitude is now in press at JEP:LMC. The accepted manuscript is available here. Work on individual differences in the way people describe magnitudes will be coming soon...
Well done, Tom
Rising star Tom Versluys has had his first paper accepted by Royal Society Open Science. The paper examines how limb proportions affect attractiveness judgments, and how these effects are modulated by image format. Not bad for a chap with a histor degree!
Consistent choices by people with Autism Spectrum Conditions
New work with George Farmer and Simon Baron-Cohen finds that people with Autism Spectrum Conditions are less susceptible to the "attraction effect" when making choices between consumer products -- indicating a more conventionally "rational" decision-making style. The paper is in press at Psychological Science and available via open access
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Myrto Pantazi, who will be working on a project investigating the effects of sustainability information on investment decisions. Myrto joins us from Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she has been doing interesting work on "truth bias".
Judgment and Decision Making
I'm delighted to be joining Judgment and Decision Making as an Associate Editor. A fantastic journal that's open access with no fees for readers or authors, and with a policy of publishing raw data alongside all articles. Send us your best!
Change of name
My surname has changed to Skylark. I will be working and publishing with that name from now on -- apologies for any confusion!
Relative deprivation predicts materialism
New work from Hyunji Kim examines how feeling worse off than other people who are "like you" contributes to materialistic values and goals. A preprint is available here.
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 paper 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.
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.