Research in the School of Psychology

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  • ? In the last Research Excellence Framework assessment, 80% of our submission was judged world-leading or internationally excellent
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Research Strands


Research and impact

Research Impact

Changing understanding and practice in anaesthesia
Led by Jackie Andrade this research focuses on developing strategies for the prevention and management of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia.

Led by Judy Edworthy this research focuses on reducing sensory overload on clinicians due to the excessive number of alarms

Led by Helen Lloyd this research focuses on developing models and approaches for people with multiple long-term conditions.

Psychology publications

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Latest publications

Here is a list of some recent papers published by the School of Psychology:

  • Barnes AJ & Hanoch Y 2017 'Knowledge and understanding of health insurance: challenges and remedies' Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 6, (1) , DOI Open access
  • White CM, Cutello CA, Gummerum M & Hanoch Y 2017 'A Cross-Cultural Study of Risky Online Self-Presentation' Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking , DOI Open access
  • Miron-Shatz T, Rapaport SR, Srebnik N, Hanoch Y, Rabinowitz J, Doniger GM, Levi L, Rolison JJ & Tsafrir A 2017 'Invasive Prenatal Diagnostic Testing Recommendations are Influenced by Maternal Age, Statistical Misconception and Perceived Liability' J Genet Couns Author Site , DOI Open access
  • Choma BL & Hanoch Y 2016 'Cognitive ability and authoritarianism: Understanding support for Trump and Clinton' Personality and Individual Differences 106, 287-291 , DOI Open access
  • Hanoch Y, Rolison JJ & Freund AM 2016 'Does Medical Risk Perception and Risk Taking Change with Age?' Risk Analysis , DOI Open access
  • Barnes AJ, Hanoch Y, Rice T & Long SK 2016 'Moving Beyond Blind Men and Elephants: Providing Total Estimated Annual Costs Improves Health Insurance Decision Making' Medical Care Research and Review , DOI Open access
  • Barnes AJ, Hanoch Y, Miron-Shatz T & Ozanne EM 2016 'Tailoring risk communication to improve comprehension: Do patient preferences help or hurt?' Health Psychology 35, (9) 1007-1016 , DOI Open access
  • Sivakumar H, Hanoch Y, Barnes AJ & Federman AD 2016 'Cognition, Health Literacy, and Actual and Perceived Medicare Knowledge Among Inner-City Medicare Beneficiaries' Journal of Health Communication 21, (sup2) 155-163 , DOI Open access
  • Hanoch Y, Miron-Shatz T, Rolison JJ, Omer Z & Ozanne E 2015 'Shared decision making in patients at risk of cancer: the role of domain and numeracy' Health Expect 18, (6) 2799-2810 Author Site , DOI
  • Howe R, Miron-Shatz T, Hanoch Y, Omer ZB, O'Donoghue C & Ozanne EM 2015 'Personalized Medicine Through SNP Testing for Breast Cancer Risk: Clinical Implementation' J Genet Couns 24, (5) 744-751 Author Site , DOI
  • Needham M, Gummerum M, Mandeville-Norden R, Rakestrow-Dickens J, Mewse A, Barnes A & Hanoch Y 2015 'Association between three different cognitive behavioral alcohol treatment programs and recidivism rates among male offenders: findings from the United Kingdom' Alcohol Clin Exp Res 39, (6) 1100-1107 Author Site , DOI
  • White CM, Gummerum M & Hanoch Y 2015 'Adolescents’ and Young Adults’ Online Risk Taking: The Role of Gist and Verbatim Representations' Risk Analysis 35, (8) 1407-1422 , DOI
  • Bodemer N, Hanoch Y & Katsikopoulos KV 2015 'Heuristics: foundations for a novel approach to medical decision making' Intern Emerg Med 10, (2) 195-203 Author Site , DOI
  • Barnes AJ, Hanoch Y & Rice T 2015 'Determinants of coverage decisions in health insurance marketplaces: consumers' decision-making abilities and the amount of information in their choice environment' Health Serv Res 50, (1) 58-80 Author Site , DOI
  • Lahat A, Gummerum M, Mackay L & Hanoch Y 2015 'Cognitive processing of moral and social judgements: a comparison of offenders, students, and control participants' Q J Exp Psychol (Hove) 68, (2) 350-362 Author Site , DOI
  • Rolison JJ, Hanoch Y, Wood S & Liu P-J 2014 'Risk-taking differences across the adult life span: a question of age and domain' J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 69, (6) 870-880 Author Site , DOI
  • Gummerum M, Hanoch Y & Rolison JJ 2014 'Offenders’ Risk-Taking Attitude Inside and Outside the Prison Walls' Risk Analysis 34, (10) 1870-1881 , DOI
  • Hanoch Y, Miron-Shatz T, Rolison JJ & Ozanne E 2014 'Understanding ofBRCA1/2genetic tests results: the importance of objective and subjective numeracy' Psycho-Oncology 23, (10) 1142-1148 , DOI
  • Choma BL, Hanoch Y, Hodson G & Gummerum M 2014 'Risk Propensity Among Liberals and Conservatives: The Effect of Risk Perception, Expected Benefits, and Risk Domain' SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE 5, (6) 713-721 Author Site , DOI
  • Miron-Shatz T, Hanoch Y, Doniger GM, Omer ZB & Ozanne EM 2014 'Subjective but not objective numeracy influences willingness to pay for BRCA1/2 genetic testing' JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING 9, (2) 152-158 Author Site
  • Ruggeri A, Gummerum M & Hanoch Y 2014 'Braving difficult choices alone: children's and adolescents' medical decision making' PLoS One 9, (8) Author Site , DOI Open access
  • Srebnik N, Miron-Shatz T, Rolison JJ, Hanoch Y & Tsafrir A 2013 'Physician recommendation for invasive prenatal testing: the case of the 'precious baby'' Hum Reprod 28, (11) 3007-3011 Author Site , DOI
  • Rolison JJ, Hanoch Y & Gummerum M 2013 'When opportunity matters: comparing the risk-taking attitudes of prisoners and recently released ex-prisoners' Risk Anal 33, (11) 2013-2022 Author Site , DOI
  • Huang Y, Wood S, Berger D & Hanoch Y 2013 'Risky choice in younger versus older adults: Affective context matters' JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING 8, (2) 179-187 Author Site
  • Rolison JJ, Hanoch Y & Gummerum M 2013 'Characteristics of offenders: the HEXACO model of personality as a framework for studying offenders’ personality' The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology 24, (1) 71-82 , DOI
  • Hanoch Y, Rolison J & Gummerum M 2013 'Good things come to those who wait: Time discounting differences between adult offenders and nonoffenders' PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES 54, (1) 128-132 Author Site , DOI
  • Barnes AJ, Hanoch Y, Martynenko M, Wood S, Rice T & Federman AD 2013 'Physician Trainees’ Decision Making and Information Processing: Choice Size and Medicare Part D' PLoS ONE 8, (10) e77096-e77096 , DOI Open access
  • Choma BL, Hanoch Y, Gummerum M & Hodson G 2013 'Relations between Risk Perceptions and Socio-Political Ideology are Domain- and Ideology- Dependent' Personality and Individual Differences (54) 29-34
  • Rolison JJ, Wood S, Hanoch Y & Liu P-J 2013 'Subjective numeracy scale as a tool for assessing statistical numeracy in older adult populations' Gerontology 59, (3) 283-288 Author Site , DOI
  • Barnes AJ, Hanoch Y, Wood S, Liu P-J & Rice T 2012 'One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish: effects of price frames, brand names, and choice set size on Medicare Part D insurance plan decisions' Med Care Res Rev 69, (4) 460-473 Author Site , DOI
  • Rolison JJ, Hanoch Y & Miron-Shatz T 2012 'What do men understand about lifetime risk following genetic testing? The effect of context and numeracy' Health Psychol 31, (4) 530-533 Author Site , DOI
  • Rolison JJ, Hanoch Y & Miron-Shatz T 2012 'Smokers: at risk for prostate cancer but unlikely to screen' Addict Behav 37, (6) 736-738 Author Site , DOI
  • Gummerum M & Hanoch Y 2012 'Altruism Behind Bars: Sharing, Justice, Perspective Taking and Empathy Among Inmates' SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH 25, (1) 61-78 Author Site , DOI
  • Rolison JJ, Hanoch Y & Wood S 2012 'Risky decision making in younger and older adults: the role of learning' Psychol Aging 27, (1) 129-140 Author Site , DOI
  • Hanoch Y, Gummerum M & Rolison J 2012 'Second-to-fourth digit ratio and impulsivity: a comparison between offenders and nonoffenders' PLoS One 7, (10) Author Site , DOI Open access
  • Hanoch Y, Wood S, Barnes A, Liu P-J & Rice T 2011 'Choosing the right medicare prescription drug plan: the effect of age, strategy selection, and choice set size' Health Psychol 30, (6) 719-727 Author Site , DOI
  • Hanoch Y & Gummerum M 2011 'A Comparison of the Risk-Taking Behaviors of Prisoners and Non-prisoners' JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL DECISION MAKING 24, (4) 431-442 Author Site , DOI
  • Wood S, Hanoch Y, Barnes A, Liu PJ, Cummings J, Bhattacharya C & Rice T 2011 'Numeracy and Medicare Part D: the importance of choice and literacy for numbers in optimizing decision making for Medicare's prescription drug program' Psychol Aging 26, (2) 295-307 Author Site , DOI
  • Hanoch Y & Rice T 2011 'The economics of choice: lessons from the U.S. health-care market' Health Expect 14, (1) 105-112 Author Site , DOI
  • Himmelstein M, Miron-Shatz T, Hanoch Y & Gummerum M 2011 'Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children: A comparison of UK and US parents' parental usage, perception and trust in governmental health organisation' HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY 13, (5) 451-468 Author Site , DOI
  • Hanoch Y, Gummerum M, Miron-Shatz T & Himmelstein M 2010 'Parents' decision following the Food and Drug Administration recommendation: the case of over-the-counter cough and cold medication' Child Care Health Dev 36, (6) 795-804 Author Site , DOI
  • Miron-Shatz T, Barron G, Hanoch Y, Gummerum M & Doniger GM 2010 'To give or not to give: Parental experience and adherence to the Food and Drug Administration warning about over-the-counter cough and cold medicine usage' JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING 5, (6) 428-436 Author Site
  • Pachur T, Hanoch Y & Gummerum M 2010 'Prospects behind bars: analyzing decisions under risk in a prison population' Psychon Bull Rev 17, (5) 630-636 Author Site , DOI
  • Rice T, Hanoch Y & Cummings J 2010 'What factors influence seniors’ desire for choice among health insurance options? Survey results on the Medicare prescription drug benefit' Health Economics, Policy and Law 5, (4) 437-457 , DOI
  • Frosch DL, Saxbe D, Tomiyama AJ, Glenn BA, Low CA, Hanoch Y, Motivala SJ & Meeker D 2010 'Assessing the scholarly impact of health psychology: a citation analysis of articles published from 1993 to 2003' Health Psychol 29, (5) 555-562 Author Site , DOI
  • Hanoch Y, Miron-Shatz T, Cole H, Himmelstein M & Federman AD 2010 'Choice, numeracy, and physicians-in-training performance: the case of Medicare Part D' Health Psychol 29, (4) 454-459 Author Site , DOI
  • Hanoch Y, Miron-Shatz T & Himmelstein M 2010 'Genetic testing and risk interpretation: How do women understand lifetime risk results?' JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING 5, (2) 116-123 Author Site
  • Gummerum M, Hanoch Y, Keller M, Parsons K & Hummel A 2010 'Preschoolers' allocations in the dictator game: The role of moral emotions' JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PSYCHOLOGY 31, (1) 25-34 Author Site , DOI

Open Science Strategy

This strategy commits the School of Psychology to three key open science goals by 2021. The first is preregistration of all research that will be published. The second is open access to all research publications. The third is open access to the raw data, stimuli, materials, and analysis pipelines of all published papers (except where so doing would cause insurmountable ethical or privacy issues). Four members of staff are signatories to the Peer Reviewers' Openness Initiative (Bach, Walsh, Whalley, Wills), which seeks to use peer review as a lever to improve open science practices. Wills is a Trustee of the Nurture Science Publishing Group, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the promotion of affordable open-access publication in the context of rigorous, reproducibility-focused peer review.


Facilities and labs

Brain Research & Imaging Centre

The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.

With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, BRIC will include an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region. It will critically advance our enquiry toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.

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Neuroscience facilities

Located on our main city-centre campus, these facilities are ideally placed for large-sample studies of neurotypical individuals. The facilities comprise three eye-tracking labs, three 128-channel EEG labs (one suitable for infant participants), a Neural Modulation laboratory, a functional Near Infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) lab, and a data analysis suite. The Neural Modulation laboratory provides facilities for singlepulse and rapid TMS, and tDCS, combined with 64-channel EEG recording and 3D scalp surface and electrode digitisation.


The Babylab provides facilities that are essential to the developmental component of our Experimental Psychology research. Babylab provides excellent, dedicated facilities for infant testing including a family-friendly reception space, two observation rooms, and six individual sound-attenuating booths, with a Tobii 300 Hz system and a head-turn preference setting.

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Dedicated behavioural testing facilities

A total of 26 purpose-built testing rooms, most of them multi-seat. This facility supports much of the core work of Experimental Psychology group. There are also two dedicated 'soft labs': comfortable, relaxing spaces more conducive to the study of human interaction and counselling than standard labs. We also have three research-dedicated state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Labs.

Specialist equipment

Multichannel EMG systems, respiratory belts, skin thermometers, GSR devices, and pulse meters. There are also movement-measurement devices, including force transducers, accelerometers and laser displacement meters, and somatosensory and pain research devices that enable peripheral percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

Non-human animal research

In the School of Biological and Marine Sciences there are eight dedicated observation labs, including two specialist temperature-controlled facilities suitable for aquatic animals. All labs are set up for video recording and remote logging with Noldus observer. Our Animal Behaviour researchers also make regular use of shared resources in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, including animal housing, Home Office licensed space, plus physiology and molecular biology labs. Our research on sustainability is substantially facilitated by the presence of the Plymouth Marine Institute - the first and largest such institute in the UK.

Virtual reality research

Our team are conducting research into virtual reality, working on topics including:

  • Foundations of search and navigation
  • Connecting people with the ocean
  • Using augmented reality to deliver an imagery-based intervention for behaviour change

Discover more about our latest virtual reality research.


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