Professor Andy Wills
Profiles

Professor Andy Wills

Professor in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)

Role

Professor of Psychology

Qualifications

B.Sc. Psychology (Soton), Ph.D. Psychology (Cantab)

Research interests

Learning, memory, categorization. http://www.willslab.co.uk/

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Lawson R, Chang F & Wills AJ 2017 'Free classification of large sets of everyday objects is more thematic than taxonomic' Acta Psychologica 26-40 , DOI PEARL
Wills AJ & Hollins TJ 2017 'In Defence of Effect-Centric Research' Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 6, (1) 43-46 , DOI PEARL
Wills AJ, O'Connell G, Edmunds CER & Inkster AB 2017 'Progress in modeling through distributed collaboration: Concepts, tools, and category-learning examples' Psychology of Learning and Motivation PEARL
Milton F, Bealing P, Carpenter KL, Bennattayallah A & Wills AJ 2017 'The Neural Correlates of Similarity- and Rule-based Generalization' Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 29, (1) 150-166 , DOI PEARL
Longman CS, Milton F, Wills AJ & Verbruggen F 2017 'Transfer of learned category-response associations is modulated by instruction' Acta Psychologica PEARL
Carpenter KL, Wills AJ, Benattayallah A & Milton F 2016 'A Comparison of the neural correlates that underlie rule-based and information-integration category learning' Human Brain Mapping 37, (10) 3557-3574 , DOI PEARL
O'Connell G, Myers CE, Hopkins RO, McLaren RP, Gluck MA & Wills AJ 2016 'Amnesic Patients Show Superior Generalization in Category Learning' Neuropsychology , DOI PEARL
Le Pelley ME, Mitchell CJ, Beesley T, George DN & Wills AJ 2016 'Attention and associative learning in humans: An integrative review' Psychological Bulletin PEARL
Roberts H, Watkins E & Wills A 2016 'Does rumination cause “inhibitory” deficits?' Psychopathology Review , DOI PEARL
Wills AJ, Inkster AB & Milton F 2015 'Combination or Differentiation? Two theories of processing order in classification' Cognitive Psychology 80, 1-33 , DOI PEARL
Maes E, De Filippo G, Inkster AB, Lea SEG, De Houwer J, D’Hooge R, Beckers T & Wills AJ 2015 'Feature- versus rule-based generalization in rats, pigeons and humans' Animal Cognition 18, (6) 1267-1284 , DOI PEARL
Edmunds CER, Milton F & Wills AJ 2015 'Feedback can be superior to observational training for both rule-based and information-integration category structures' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 68, 1203-1222 Author Site PEARL
Hogarth L, Zhimin H, Chase HW, Wills AJ, Troisi II J, Leventhal M, Mathew AR & Hitsman B 2015 'Negative mood reverses devaluation of goal-directed drug-seeking favouring an incentive learning account of drug dependence' Psychopharmacology , DOI PEARL
Yeates F, Wills AJ, Jones FW & McLaren IPL 2015 'State trace analysis: Dissociable processes in a connectionist network?' Cognitive Science 39, 1047-1061 PEARL
Wills AJ, Lavric A, Hemmings Y & Surrey E 2014 'Attention, predictive learning, and the inverse base-rate effect: evidence from event-related potentials' Neuroimage 87, 61-71 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Roberts H, Watkins ER & Wills AJ 2013 'Cueing an unresolved personal goal causes persistent ruminative self-focus: An experimental evaluation of control theories of rumination' Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 44, (4) 449-455 , DOI PEARL
Wills AJ, Milton F, Longmore CA, Hester S & Robinson J 2013 'Is overall similarity classification less effortful than single-dimension classification?' Q J Exp Psychol (Hove) 66, (2) 299-318 Author Site , DOI
Yeates F, Jones FW, Wills AJ, McLaren RP & McLaren IPL 2013 'Modeling human sequence learning under incidental conditions' J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process 39, (2) 166-173 Author Site , DOI
Yeates F, Jones FW, Wills AJ, McLaren RP & McLaren IPL 2013 'Modeling human sequence learning under incidental conditions' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 39, (2) 166-173 , DOI
Newell BR, Moore CP, Wills AJ & Milton F 2013 'Reinstating the Frontal Lobes? Having More Time to Think Improves Implicit Perceptual Categorization: A Comment on Filoteo, Lauritzen, and Maddox (2010)' PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 24, (3) 386-389 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ & Pothos EM 2012 'On the Adequacy of Bayesian Evaluations of Categorization Models: Reply to Vanpaemel and Lee (2012)' PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN 138, (6) 1259-1261 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ, Graham S, Koh Z, McLaren IP & Rolland MD 2011 'Effects of concurrent load on feature- and rule-based generalization in human contingency learning' J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process 37, (3) 308-316 Author Site , DOI
Goto K, Lea SEG, Wills AJ & Milton F 2011 'Interpreting the effects of image manipulation on picture perception in pigeons (Columba livia) and humans (Homo sapiens)' J Comp Psychol 125, (1) 48-60 Author Site , DOI
McLaren IPL, Wills AJ & Graham S 2011 'Representation development, perceptual learning, and concept formation' BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES 34, (3) 141-U41 Author Site , DOI
Graham S, Jie HL, Chan H-M, McLaren IPL & Wills AJ 2011 'Simultaneous Backward Conditioned Inhibition and Mediated Conditioning' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 37, (2) 241-245 Author Site , DOI
Welham AK & Wills AJ 2011 'Unitization, similarity, and overt attention in categorization and exposure' Mem Cognit 39, (8) 1518-1533 Author Site , DOI
Hopewell LJ, Leaver LA, Lea SEG & Wills AJ 2010 'Grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) show a feature-negative effect specific to social learning' Anim Cogn 13, (2) 219-227 Author Site , DOI
Beesley T, Wills AJ & Le Pelley ME 2010 'Syntactic transfer in artificial grammar learning' PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW 17, (1) 122-128 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ, Lea SE, Leaver LA, Osthaus B, Ryan CM, Suret MB, Bryant CM, Chapman SJ & Millar L 2009 'A comparative analysis of the categorization of multidimensional stimuli: I. Unidimensional classification does not necessarily imply analytic processing; evidence from pigeons (Columba livia), squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), and humans (Homo sapiens)' J Comp Psychol 123, (4) 391-405 Author Site , DOI
Lea SEG, Wills AJ, Leaver LA, Ryan CME, Bryant CML & Millar L 2009 'A comparative analysis of the categorization of multidimensional stimuli: II. Strategic information search in humans (Homo sapiens) but not in pigeons (Columba livia)' J Comp Psychol 123, (4) 406-420 Author Site , DOI
Milton F & Wills AJ 2009 'Long-term persistence of sort strategy in free classification' Acta Psychol (Amst) 130, (2) 161-167 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ 2009 'Prediction Errors and Attention in the Presence and Absence of Feedback' CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 18, (2) 95-100 Author Site , DOI
Milton F, Wills AJ & Hodgson TL 2009 'The neural basis of overall similarity and single-dimension sorting' Neuroimage 46, (1) 319-326 Author Site , DOI
Milton FN, Longmore, C.A., Wills & A.J. 2008 'Processes of overall similarity sorting in free classification' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 34, (3) 676-692 Author Site , DOI
Haslam C, Wills AJ, Haslam SA, Kay J, Baron R & McNab F 2007 'Does maintenance of colour categories rely on language? Evidence to the contrary from a case of semantic dementia' Brain Lang 103, (3) 251-263 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ, Lavric A, Croft GS & Hodgson TL 2007 'Predictive learning, prediction errors, and attention: evidence from event-related potentials and eye tracking' J Cogn Neurosci 19, (5) 843-854 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ, Noury M, Moberly NJ & Newport M 2006 'Formation of category representations' Mem Cognit 34, (1) 17-27 Author Site
Lea SEG, Wills AJ & Ryan CME 2006 'Why are artificial polymorphous concepts so hard for birds to learn?' Q J Exp Psychol (Hove) 59, (2) 251-267 Author Site , DOI
Le Pelley ME, Oakeshott SM, Wills AJ & McLaren IPL 2005 'The outcome specificity of learned predictiveness effects: Parallels between human causal learning and animal conditioning' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 31, (2) 226-236 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ, Suret M & McLaren IPL 2004 'Brief communication: the role of category structure in determining the effects of stimulus preexposure on categorization accuracy' Q J Exp Psychol B 57, (1) 79-88 Author Site , DOI
Goto K, Wills AJ & Lea SEG 2004 'Global-feature classification can be acquired more rapidly than local-feature classification in both humans and pigeons' Anim Cogn 7, (2) 109-113 Author Site , DOI
Milton F & Wills AJ 2004 'The influence of stimulus properties on category construction' J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 30, (2) 407-415 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ, Reimers S, Stewart N, Suret M & McLaren IPL 2000 'Tests of the ratio rule in categorization' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SECTION A-HUMAN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 53, (4) 983-1011 Author Site , DOI
Jones FW, Wills AJ & McLaren IP 1998 'Perceptual categorization: connectionist modelling and decision rules' Q J Exp Psychol B 51, (1) 33-58 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ & McLaren IP 1998 'Perceptual learning and free classification' Q J Exp Psychol B 51, (3) 235-270 Author Site , DOI
Wills AJ & McLaren IPL 1997 'Generalization in human category learning: A connectionist account of differences in gradient after discriminative and non-discriminative training' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SECTION A-HUMAN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 50, (3) 607-630 Author Site
Reviews
Wills AJ & Pothos EM 2012 'On the adequacy of current empirical evaluations of formal models of categorization' Psychol Bull 138, (1) 102-125 Author Site , DOI
Chapters
Wills AJ 2004 'Association and cognition' New Directions in Human Associative Learning 1-9 , DOI
Conference Papers
Inkster AB, Milton FN & Wills AJ 2014 'Does incidental training increase the prevalence of overall similarity classification? A re-examination of Kemler Nelson (1984)' //0 //0 Austin, TX Cognitive Science Society PEARL
Carmantini GS, Cangelosi A & Wills AJ 2014 'Machine learning of visual object categorization: an application of the SUSTAIN model' //0 //0 Austin, TX Cognitive Science Society 290-295 PEARL
Milton F, Copestake E, Satherley D, Stevens T & Wills AJ 2014 'The effect of pre-exposure on family resemblance categorization for stimuli of varying levels of perceptual difficulty' //0 //0 Austin, TX Cognitive Science Society 1018-1023 PEARL
Lavric A & Wills A 2005 'ERPS support attentional theories of associative learning' //0 //0 171-171
Wills AJ, Ellett L & Lea SEG 2004 'Acquisition of polymorphous concepts' //0 //0 1657-1657
Welham A & Wills AJ 2004 'Emergence of features in visual stimuli' //0 //0 1654-1654
Welham AK, Schnadt MJ & Wills A 2003 'Speeded categorization: The effects of perceptual processing and decision-making time' //0 //0 1218-1223
Wills AJ, Suret M & McLaren IPL 2000 'Categorization and the Ratio Rule' //0 //0 994-999
Wills AJ & McLaren IPL 1997 'Generalization in category learning: One and two category problems' //0 //0 1088-1088