Dr Daniel Zahra
Profiles

Dr Daniel Zahra

Senior Assessment Psychometrician

Peninsula Medical School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)

Qualifications

2004-2007    BSc (Honours) Psyhology, 1st Class
2007-2008    MSc Psychological Research Methods, Distinction
2008-2013     PhD "How Does Emotion Affect Reasoning?"

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Graduate Member of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology
Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society

Research interests

Current Research Interests: http://daniel-zahra.webs.com/

Grants & contracts

ESRC 1+3 funded MSc-PhD programme.


Department of Psychology pump-prime funding for a project investigating visual imagery in alcohol warnings.

Papers

Zahra, D. & Handley, S. J. (under revision) Logic, beliefs, and emotion: The impact of emotional content on belief bias in syllogistic reasoning.

Zahra, D., & Schenke, K. (under revision) Psychology as a religion? Some initial empirical support for common conceptualisations of psychology and religion.

Zahra, D., Langsford, M., & Griffiths, T. (in press) Emotional Logic Development Profiles – Assessing the Benefits of Emotional Logic Training, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice xx(xx) xx-xx.

Zahra, D., Hedge, C., Pesola, F. & Burr, S. (in press) Accounting for test reliability in student progression: the reliable change index, Medical Education xx(xx) xx-xx. 

Coombes, L., Roberts, M., Zahra, D. & Burr, S. (2015) Twelve tips for assessment psychometrics. Medical Teacher 38(3) 250-254 [Online

Zahra, D., Monk, R.L., & Corder, E. (2015) 'If you drink alcohol, then you will get cancer': Investigating how reasoning accuracy is affected by pictorially presented graphic alcohol warnings. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 50(5) 608-6016 [Online

Roser, M.E., Aslin, R.N., McKenzie, B., Zahra, D., & Fiser, J. (2015) Enhanced visual statistical learning in adults with autism. Neuropsychology. 29(2) 163-172 

Zahra, D., Qureshi, A., Pooler, J., Henley, W., Taylor, R., & Byng, R. (2014) The Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity, and Value. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. 18(2) 131-138 

Hennessy, C.H., Staelens, Y., Lankshear, G., Phippen, A., Silk, A., & Zahra, D. (2014) Rural connectivity and older people’s leisure participation. In C.H. Hennessy, R. Means and V. Burholt (eds) Countryside connections: Older people, community and place in rural Britain (pp. 63-94). Bristol: The Policy Press

Zahra, D., Bailey, C., Hedge, C., Wyles, K., & Sanders, B.G. (2013) A Short Report on the Trait Meta-Mood Scale and the Importance of Scale Norms. Social Psychological Review 15(1) 14-24

Jones, R.B., Soler-Lopez, M., Zahra, D., Shankleman, J. & Trenchard-Mabere, E. (2013) Using online adverts to increase the uptake of cervical screening amongst ‘real Eastenders’: an opportunistic controlled trial. BMC Research Notes, 6:117

Paton, J.S, Stenhouse, E.A, Bruce, G., Zahra, D. & Jones, R.B. (2012) A comparison of customised and prefabricated insoles to reduce risk factors for neuropathic diabetic foot ulceration: a participant-blinded randomised controlled trial. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 5:31, OnlineFirst 

Zahra, D. (2013) Mood, Emotive Content, and Reasoning. PhD Thesis, University of Plymouth [Open Access

Zahra, D. & Wyles, K. (2012) Statistics: Who needs them?. Psychology Procrastination, 1(March), 18 

Byng, R., Newbold, L., Qureshi, A., Hardy, G., Forber, S., Pooler, J., Zahra, D., Weyer-Brown, C., Taylor, R., Henley, W., Anderson, R., Sheaff, R., Bannon, J., Carter, C., Stirzaker, A., Evetts, P., Howells, L., Leese, M. & Hutton, R. (2011) The South West Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Evaluation Study, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. [SHA and NIHR funded report, available from authors]

Zahra, D. (2011) The Handbook of Jealousy: theory, research, and multidisciplinary approaches (Book Review). Social Psychological Review, 13(1), 37-39 

Zahra, D. (2011) Undergraduate student to postgraduate teacher: Reflections from both sides of the coin (Invited Editorial). The Plymouth Student Scientist, 4(2), 1-2 

Sanders, B., Zahra, D., Hedge, C. & Summerscales, J. (2011) Heavier or just colder? A new approach to perception research. Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Quarterly, 78, 4-8

Sanders, B., Chen, V., Zahra, D., Dowland, P., Atkinson, S., Papadaki, M., & Furnell, S. (2010) Online addiction: Privacy risks in online gaming environments. Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES), October 26-29, Thailand, 114-121 

Sanders, B., Dowland, P., Atkinson, S., Zahra, D., Furnell, S., & Papadaki, M. (2010) Online addiction: A cultural comparison of privacy risks in online gaming environments. Journal of Multimedia Processing Technologies, 1(3) 181-194 

Zahra, D. & Hedge, C. (2010) The reliable change index: Why isn't it more popular in academic psychology?Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Quarterly, 76, 14-19 [Download] [See also Zahra & Hedge, 2015 in press in press, for update to table]

Zahra, D. (2008, unpublished) Mood and syllogistic reasoning: affect as information or cognitive load?Unpublished MSc Thesis. University of Plymouth [Available from Author]

Zahra, D. (2008) Do anxiety level and anxiety-related content affect accuracy and endorsement rate on syllogistic reasoning by increasing reliance on belief-biased heuristic processing? The Plymouth Student Scientist, 1(1), 229-295

Zahra, D. (2006) Could better understanding of the links between cognition and emotion help reduce the number of students who suffer from assessment anxiety? Psych-Talk, 55(December), 13-15

Zahra, D. (2006) Could better understanding of the links between cognition and emotion help reduce the number of students who suffer from assessment anxiety? Psych-Talk, 55, 13-15

Presentations

Zahra, D. & Carr, A. (2016) Introduction of progress testing to enhance applied medical knowledge acquisition in Physician Associate students. Talk presented at the 17th Ottawa Conference, March 19th-23rd, Perth, WA. 

Zahra, D. (2015) Simulation and Clinical Decision Making. Talk presented at the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA) research group, Plymouth 

Zahra, D., Qureshi, A., Pooler, J., Henley, W., Taylor, R., Weyer-Brown, C., Hardy, G., Newbold, L. & Byng, R. (2012) The Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity to Change, and its value as a Patient Reported Outcome Measure. Presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Research Meeting; , March 1st-2nd, Torquay

Qureshi, A., Byng, R., Newbold, A., Zahra, D., Pooler, J., Hardy, G., Forber, S., Weyer-Brown, C., Taylor, R., Henley, W., et al. (2012) Variations in access to therapy for depression and anxiety with the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Services. Presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Research Meeting; March 1st-2nd, Torquay 

Byng, R., Shaw, J., Weyer-Brown, C., Shenton, D., Qureshi, A., Zahra, D., & Hill, C. (2012) Need and feasibility for a trial of an intervention to support prisoners with common mental health problems. Presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Research Meeting; March 1st-2nd, Torquay 

Zahra, D., Qureshi, A., Pooler, J., Henley, W., Taylor, R., & Byng, R. (2012) The Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity, and its value as a Patient Reported Outcome Measure. Presented at the WPA Thematic Conference; Mental Health and Family Working Together, February 8th-11th, Grenada, Spain. 

Zahra, D. (2011) Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity, and Factor Structure. Draft manuscript presented for comment at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry research group, Plymouth 

Zahra, D. (2010) Syllogistic reasoning, emotive content, and a rethinking of theory. Talk presented at the 27th annual BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Cardiff

Zahra, D. (2010) Emotive content in syllogistic reasoning: Do you think or feel?, Talk presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Sheffield

Zahra, D. (2010) NO:EMOTION, Talk presented at the University of Plymouth Thinking and Reasoning Group, Plymouth

Zahra, D. (2010) [Something Interesting]: Syllogistic reasoning, emotive content, and some unexpected results. Presented at the 2nd Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth

Experimentation Articles

Zahra, D. (2012) Meaning and Purpose. Experimentation: Psychology, September [Online

Zahra, D. (2012) Love Psychology. Experimentation: Psychology, May  [Online

Zahra, D. (2012) The Irrationality of Logic. Experimentation: Psychology, April  [Online]

Zahra, D. (2012) Do Publishers and Psychologists want the same thing?. Experimentation: Psychology, 
March
  [Online]

Posters

Cripps, A., Hart, R., Edwards, J., Zahra, D., & Chatterjee, A. (2016) Personalised recall app for enhancing medical knowledge retention: A pilot study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Medical Education, July 6th-8th, Belfast.

Roser, M., McKenzie, B., Bach, P., Goodwin, A., Zahra, D., Fulford, J., & Benattayallah, A. (2012) Relational Integration in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A functional MRI / diffusion-tensor imaging experiment. Poster presented at the launch of the Cognition Institute, Plymouth 

Zahra, D., Handley, S.J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J.S.B.T. (2012) Conditional reasoning with emotive content. Poster presented at the International Conference on Thinking, Birkbeck, University of London

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2011) An Emotional Needle in a Reasoning Haystack. Poster presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Bangor 

Zahra, D., Bailey, C., Hedge, C., Wyles, K. & Sanders, B.G. (2011) Trait Meta-Mood in a Student Population. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth 

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2010) Emotive content in conditional reasoning. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2009) Effects of mood on syllogistic reasoning. Poster presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Cardiff

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2009) Concurrent and integral mood effects in reasoning. Poster presented at the 1st Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2009) Are the systems governing emotion and reasoning interaction maladaptive? Poster presented at the London Evolutionary Network Conference, The Natural History Museum, London

Resources

Zahra (2010) RCI Calculator [DOWNLOAD] 

Links

Current Research: http://daniel-zahra.webs.com/