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Personality profile of child synaesthetes (2020)
Journal Article
Rinaldi, L., Smees, R., Carmichael, D., & Simner, J. (2020). Personality profile of child synaesthetes. Frontiers in Bioscience, 12, 162-182

Previous research into personality and synaesthesia has focused on adult populations and yielded mixed results. One particular challenge has been to distinguish traits associated with synaesthesia, from traits associated with the ways in which synaes... Read More about Personality profile of child synaesthetes.

Learning in colour: children with grapheme-colour synaesthesia show cognitive benefits in vocabulary and self-evaluated reading (2019)
Journal Article
Smees, R., Hughes, J., Carmichael, D. A., & Simner, J. (2019). Learning in colour: children with grapheme-colour synaesthesia show cognitive benefits in vocabulary and self-evaluated reading. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 374(1787), https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2018.0348

Cognitive benefits associated with grapheme-colour synaesthesia in adults are well documented, but far less is known about whether such benefits might arise in synaesthetes as children. One previous study on a very small group of randomly sampled chi... Read More about Learning in colour: children with grapheme-colour synaesthesia show cognitive benefits in vocabulary and self-evaluated reading.

The relationship between creativity and attention in adults (2018)
Journal Article
Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., & Willis, A. (2018). The relationship between creativity and attention in adults. Creativity Research Journal, 30(4), 370-379

Creativity is a valuable attribute that involves the generation of original ideas; attention is a vital function that facilitates information selection. There is some evidence that creative people may have poorer attention and are generally more dist... Read More about The relationship between creativity and attention in adults.

The impact of external facial features on the construction of facial composites (2018)
Journal Article
Brown, C., Portch, E., Skelton, F. C., Fodarella, C., Kuivaniemi-Smith, H., Herold, K., …Frowd, C. D. (2019). The impact of external facial features on the construction of facial composites. Ergonomics, 62(4), 575-592. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2018.1556816

Witnesses may construct a composite face of a perpetrator using a computerised interface. Police practitioners guide witnesses through this unusual process, the goal being to produce an identifiable image. However, any changes a perpetrator makes to... Read More about The impact of external facial features on the construction of facial composites.

Worry is associated with inefficient functional activity and connectivity in prefrontal and cingulate cortices during emotional interference. (2018)
Journal Article
Barker, H., Munro, J., Orlov, N., Morgenroth, E., Moser, J., Eysenck, M. W., & Allen, P. (2018). Worry is associated with inefficient functional activity and connectivity in prefrontal and cingulate cortices during emotional interference. Brain and Behavior, 8(12), Article e01137. https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.1137

Introduction Anxiety is known to impair attentional control particularly when Task demands are high. Neuroimaging studies generally support these behavioral findings, reporting that anxiety is associated with increased (inefficient) activity in dors... Read More about Worry is associated with inefficient functional activity and connectivity in prefrontal and cingulate cortices during emotional interference..

Decision science: a new hope (2018)
Journal Article
Curley, L. J., Maclean, R., Murray, J., & Laybourn, P. (2019). Decision science: a new hope. Psychological Reports, 122(6), 2417-2439. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033294118797579

Decision science is an area of enquiry that crosses many disciplines, from psychology to economics, each with their own perspective of decision making. Traditionally, mathematicians have envisaged decision making as a purely rational endeavour, where... Read More about Decision science: a new hope.

Reading Lacan's Ecrits: From 'Signification of the Phallus' to 'Metaphor of the Subject' (2018)
Book
Vanheule, S., Hook, D., & Neill, C. (Eds.). (2018). Reading Lacan's Ecrits: From 'Signification of the Phallus' to 'Metaphor of the Subject'. London/New York: Taylor & Francis

The Écrits was Jacques Lacan’s single most important text, a landmark in psychoanalysis which epitomized his aim of returning to Freud via structural linguistics, philosophy and literature. Reading Lacan’s Écrits is the first extensive set of comment... Read More about Reading Lacan's Ecrits: From 'Signification of the Phallus' to 'Metaphor of the Subject'.

Do electric sheep dream of androids? On the place of fantasy in the consideration of the nonhuman (2018)
Book Chapter
Neill, C. (2018). Do electric sheep dream of androids? On the place of fantasy in the consideration of the nonhuman. In G. Basu Thakur, & J. M. Dickstein (Eds.), Lacan and the Nonhuman (213-225). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63817-1_11

From Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. through to Rosi Braidotti’s non-human actors, in fiction and theory alike, the notion of the non-human often runs very close to the human against which it would be defined. As the non in nonhuman pulls away from the human to... Read More about Do electric sheep dream of androids? On the place of fantasy in the consideration of the nonhuman.

Saccades and smooth pursuit eye movements trigger equivalent gaze-cued orienting effects (2018)
Journal Article
Langton, S. R., McIntyre, A. H., Hancock, P. J., & Leder, H. (2018). Saccades and smooth pursuit eye movements trigger equivalent gaze-cued orienting effects. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 17470218.2017.1. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2017.1362703

Research has established that a perceived eye gaze produces a concomitant shift in a viewer’s spatial attention in the direction of that gaze. The two experiments reported here investigate the extent to which the nature of the eye movement made by th... Read More about Saccades and smooth pursuit eye movements trigger equivalent gaze-cued orienting effects.

Heuristics: The good, the bad, and the biased. What value can bias have for decision makers? (2017)
Journal Article
Curley, L. J., Murray, J., & MacLean, R. (2017). Heuristics: The good, the bad, and the biased. What value can bias have for decision makers?. the Quarterly, 41-44

This discussion paper will look at heuristics (rule of thumb techniques for decision making), (Tversky & Kahneman, 1974) and their potential value. Typically, heuristics have been viewed negatively (Gigerenzer & Goldstein, 1996), with research sugges... Read More about Heuristics: The good, the bad, and the biased. What value can bias have for decision makers?.

Assessment of occupational stress in higher education employees through the cortisol awakening response. (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Campbell, T., Westbury, T., Davison, R., & Florida-James, G. (2017, July). Assessment of occupational stress in higher education employees through the cortisol awakening response. Poster presented at STAR Conference 2017

Purpose: Although the cortisol awakening response (CAR) has been used to investigate occupational stress among various professions there are limitations to the interpretation of findings obtained through cross-sectional approaches. The aim of this st... Read More about Assessment of occupational stress in higher education employees through the cortisol awakening response..

A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace. (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Campbell, T., Westbury, T., Davison, R., & Florida-James, G. (2017, July). A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace. Paper presented at 38th Annual Conferenec of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society

Purpose: To investigate the effect of acute day-to-day psychosocial work characteristics upon the autonomic and endocrine stress response. Design: The study employed a single case study design to measure 24 hour ambulatory heart rate variability (... Read More about A case study investigation or the autonomic and endocrine response to psychosocial demand in the workplace..

Positive psychology and career development (2017)
Journal Article
Robertson, P. J. (2018). Positive psychology and career development. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 46(2), 241-254. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2017.1318433

Positive psychology has been an influential movement within psychology in the early years of the 21st century. It is now timely to assess the value of its contribution to career education and guidance. This paper provides a critique of this perspecti... Read More about Positive psychology and career development.

Developing a reflective and empirically informed undergraduate research methods module, including a worked exemplar. (2016)
Book Chapter
Murray, J. (2016). Developing a reflective and empirically informed undergraduate research methods module, including a worked exemplar. In C. Penman, & M. Foster (Eds.), Innovations in Learning and Teaching. Merchiston Publishing

Teaching research methods is challenging for both staff and students. With increasing expectations to teach a wider breadth of material, the balance and maintenance of sufficient depth becomes challenging. This chapter summarises the literature aroun... Read More about Developing a reflective and empirically informed undergraduate research methods module, including a worked exemplar..

Creativity and Attention: A Multi-Method Investigation (2016)
Thesis
Carruthers, L. Creativity and Attention: A Multi-Method Investigation. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1052411

Creativity is a valuable attribute that involves the generation of original ideas; attention is a vital function that facilitates information selection. Past research has related these cognitive constructs, having found that highly creative people te... Read More about Creativity and Attention: A Multi-Method Investigation.

Male Youth Perceptions of Violent Extremism: towards a Test of Rational Choice Theory (2016)
Journal Article
Dhami, M. K., & Murray, J. (2017). Male Youth Perceptions of Violent Extremism: towards a Test of Rational Choice Theory. The Spanish journal of psychology, 19(E51), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1017/sjp.2016.49

Understanding how people perceive the pros and cons of risky behaviors such as terrorism or violent extremism represents a first step in developing research testing rational choice theory aiming to explain and predict peoples’ intentions to engage in... Read More about Male Youth Perceptions of Violent Extremism: towards a Test of Rational Choice Theory.

Aggressiveness in psychoanalysis (2016)
Book Chapter
Neill, C., & Eyers, T. (in press). Aggressiveness in psychoanalysis. In Reading Lacan’s Écrits: From ‘Overture' to ‘Variations on the Standard Treatment': 1. Routledge

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Giving the benefit of the doubt: the role of vulnerability in the perception of Dark Triad behaviours. (2016)
Journal Article
Chung, K. L., & Charles, K. (2016). Giving the benefit of the doubt: the role of vulnerability in the perception of Dark Triad behaviours. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 208-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.059

The 'Dark Triad' of socially aversive personality traits (Machiavellianism, Narcissism, and Psychopathy) is typically associated with grandiosity, callousness, and exploitation. Despite this, people with such traits can be very successful in life, es... Read More about Giving the benefit of the doubt: the role of vulnerability in the perception of Dark Triad behaviours..