MAPlab in Berlin!

Congrats to PhD student Sandy Onie, who did the lab proud at the 9th World Congress on Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Berlin. Sandy’s poster, “Emotion-induced blindness: A novel, reliable mechanism of attentional bias: (implications for measurement & retraining)”, presented data on the predictiveness, reliability, and sensitivity of emotion-induced blindness, as well as the degree … More MAPlab in Berlin!

Introducing the Australian Beverage Picture Set!

Images of alcoholic drinks are often used to study cognitive biases related to alcohol use, but the recognisability of alcoholic beverages varies between parts of the world. PhD student Sandy Onie and a team of our lab undergraduates have created and validated the Australian Beverage Picture Set (OzBPS) for use by Australian alcohol researchers. Now … More Introducing the Australian Beverage Picture Set!

New Paper!

Does a single session of inhibition training impact attentional bias? The literature is unclear, but we found no evidence that it does. At the same time, we report benefits of using Bayesian analyses in attentional bias research. Congratulations to first author, PhD student Sandy Onie, who also won a preregistration challenge from OSF for this … More New Paper!

Live interview on ABC News Channel!

Lab Director Steve was invited for a live interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s News Channel to discuss the lab’s new paper on reduced emotion-induced blindness among violent video game players. Check out the interview at: https://youtu.be/9PiU4rpAgrw [Note that some intensely violent video game footage is overlaid atop the interview and may not be appropriate … More Live interview on ABC News Channel!

New Paper!

Do aversive images cause less perceptual disruption among violent video game players? In this paper (appearing in Visual Cognition), we report that violent video gamers experienced less emotion-induced blindness when confronted with violent or disgusting images than did non-gamers. Although a causal relationship has yet to be established, the findings suggest that violent video game … More New Paper!

Bringing psychological science to the schools!

Amazing enthusiasm and questions from the year 5 kids at Randwick Primary this week, who joined Lab Director Steve at UNSW for a hands-on psychology workshop (including taking apart and putting together brains)! Steve has been busy developing psychological science workshops for primary- and high- school students and is looking forward to more opportunities to … More Bringing psychological science to the schools!