British Journal of Psychology

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Gale, Ingenta, Proquest, CSA, and Wiley from 1999

  1. Environment learning using descriptions or navigation: The involvement of working memory in young and older adults.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):259 (2016) PMID 26280566

    This study examined age-related differences between young and older adults in the involvement of verbal and visuo-spatial components of working memory (WM) when paths are learned from verbal and visuo-spatial inputs. A sample of 60 young adults (20-30 years old) and 58 older adults (60-75 years ...
  2. In search of the 'Aha!' experience: Elucidating the emotionality of insight problem-solving.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):281 (2016) PMID 26184903

    Although the experience of insight has long been noted, the essence of the 'Aha!' experience, reflecting a sudden change in the brain that accompanies an insight solution, remains largely unknown. This work aimed to uncover the mystery of the 'Aha!' experience through three studies. In Study 1, ...
  3. Best friends and better coping: Facilitating psychological resilience through boys' and girls' closest friendships.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):338 (2016) PMID 26110231

    This is a novel investigation of whether, and how, a single close supportive friendship may facilitate psychological resilience in socio-economically vulnerable British adolescents. A total of 409 adolescents (160 boys, 245 girls, four unknown), aged between 11 and 19 years, completed self-repor...
  4. Time-of-day variation of visuo-spatial attention.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):299 (2016) PMID 26248950

    Time-of-day variation of visuo-spatial attention in relation to body temperature and subjective arousal was assessed. At five different times of day, alertness, covert, and overt orienting of attention were assessed in fifteen healthy subjects. Based on previous studies reporting a tight couplin...
  5. Time and interference: Effects on working memory.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):239 (2016) PMID 26085338

    This study tested predictions from the time-based resource-sharing (TBRS) model with a classical verbal working memory (WM) task, where target and non-target information interfere strongly with each other. Different predictions can be formulated according to the dominant perspectives (TBRS and i...
  6. Not looking yourself: The cost of self-selecting photographs for identity verification.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):359 (2016) PMID 26105729

    Photo-identification is based on the premise that photographs are representative of facial appearance. However, previous studies show that ratings of likeness vary across different photographs of the same face, suggesting that some images capture identity better than others. Two experiments were...
  7. The flip side of the other-race coin: They all look different to me.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):374 (2016) PMID 26366460

    Poorer recognition of other-race faces than own-races faces has been attributed to a problem of discrimination (i.e., telling faces apart). The conclusion that 'they all look the same to me' is based on studies measuring the perception/memory of highly controlled stimuli, typically involving onl...
  8. Adolescent reading skill and engagement with digital and traditional literacies as predictors of reading comprehension.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):209 (2016) PMID 26094956

    This study investigates the concurrent predictors of adolescent reading comprehension (literal, inferential) for fiction and non-fiction texts. Predictors were examined from the cognitive (word identification, reading fluency), psychological (gender), and ecological (print exposure) domains. Pri...
  9. Joint attention, shared goals, and social bonding.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(2):322 (2016) PMID 26256821 PMCID PMC4849556

    There has recently been interest in the ways in which coordinated movements encourage coactors to feel socially closer to one another, but this has generally overlooked the importance of necessary precursors to this joint action. Here we target two low-level behaviours involved in social coordin...
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    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):206 (2016) PMID 26748635

  11. Traffic Offences: Planned or Habitual? Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour and habit strength to explain frequency and magnitude of speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):52 (2016) PMID 25656057

    This study addresses the socio-cognitive determinants of traffic offences, in particular of speeding and drinking and driving. It has two aims: (1) to test the hypothesis of a direct effect of habits on offences (i.e., independent of intentions) by employing a specific measure of habits (i.e., t...
  12. Do observers like curvature or do they dislike angularity?

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):154 (2016) PMID 25871463

    Humans have a preference for curved over angular shapes, an effect noted by artists as well as scientists. It may be that people like smooth curves or that people dislike angles, or both. We investigated this phenomenon in four experiments. Using abstract shapes differing in type of contour (ang...
  13. Efficient versus flexible mentalizing in complex social settings: Exploring signature limits.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):26 (2016) PMID 26748632

    Wu, Sheppard, and Mitchell (Br. J. Psychol., 2016; 107, 1-22) investigate in a fascinating study the fact that adults can detect empathic traits in others after only briefly watching or listening to a person. In this commentary, we highlight how the processes of an efficient, implicit, but infle...
  14. The excess choice effect: The role of outcome valence and counterfactual thinking.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):36 (2016) PMID 25660197

    Contrary to economic theory, psychological research has demonstrated increased choice can undermine satisfaction. When and why this 'excess choice effect' (ECE) occurs remains unclear. Building on theories of counterfactual thinking we argue the ECE is more likely to occur when people experience...
  15. Like parent, like child? Development of prejudice and tolerance towards immigrants.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):95 (2016) PMID 25702782

    Although intergroup attitudes are assumed to develop due to the influence of parents, there is no longitudinal evidence supporting this claim. In addition, research on socialization of intergroup attitudes has omitted possible effects of adolescents on their parents. We also know little about th...
  16. An adaptive perspective on revealed and concealed cues to empathy.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):30 (2016) PMID 26748633

    Wu, Sheppard, and Mitchell (Br. J. Psychol., 2016; 107, 1-22) found that observers could accurately identify people with extreme but not more average empathy scores. Here, we further consider this U-shaped discrimination function. We first examine a statistical issue regarding the construction o...
  17. Age and active navigation effects on episodic memory: A virtual reality study.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):72 (2016) PMID 26756717

    We investigated the navigation-related age effects on learning, proactive interference semantic clustering, recognition hits, and false recognitions in a naturalistic situation using a virtual apartment-based task. We also examined the neuropsychological correlates (executive functioning [EF] an...
  18. Loneliness and the social monitoring system: Emotion recognition and eye gaze in a real-life conversation.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):135 (2016) PMID 25854912

    Based on the belongingness regulation theory (Gardner et al., 2005, Pers. Soc. Psychol. Bull., 31, 1549), this study focuses on the relationship between loneliness and social monitoring. Specifically, we examined whether loneliness relates to performance on three emotion recognition tasks and wh...
  19. Being Sherlock Holmes: Can we sense empathy from a brief sample of behaviour?

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):1 (2016) PMID 26531895

    Mentalizing (otherwise known as 'theory of mind') involves a special process that is adapted for predicting and explaining the behaviour of others (targets) based on inferences about targets' beliefs and character. This research investigated how well participants made inferences about an especia...
  20. Do incompatible arguments cause extensive processing in the evaluation of arguments? The role of congruence between argument compatibility and argument quality.

    British Journal of Psychology 107(1):179 (2016) PMID 25966342

    Previous studies have demonstrated that arguments incompatible with prior beliefs are subjected to more extensive refutational processing, scrutinized longer, and judged to be weaker than arguments compatible with prior beliefs. However, this study suggests whether extensive processing is implem...