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Profiles

Dr Mathew White

Qualifications

 

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

University of Sheffield        Ph.D. in Social Psychology 
       (2000-2004)                                    
University of Strathclyde    MSc in Research Methods 
       (1995-1996)              
University of Strathclyde   BA (Hons) Psychology
      (1991-1994)

 

ACADEMIC CAREER

Peinsula College of          Lecturer in Risk and Health
Medicine & Dentistry
     (2011-Present)
University of Plymouth     Lecturer in Psychology
     (2006-2011)
University of Sheffield       Post-Doc: Well-Being and Public Policy
     (2005-2006)             
University of Jena             Post-Doc: Intergroup Relations
    (2004-2005)
University of Sheffield       RA: Well-Being and Public Policy
    (2003-2004)
University of Sheffield       RA: Risk perception & mobile phones
    (2000-2003)
University of Exeter           RA: Risk perception and diabetes
    (1999-2000)
University of Strathclyde   Teaching Fellow 
    (1997-1998)
University of Strathclyde   RA: Human Factors in Nuclear Industry
   (1996-1997) 

 

Research interests

My research interests lie broadly within two areas of applied social psychology and can be summarised by the following questions. The unifying theme across both areas is a concern with how people make decisions under conditions of uncertainty.

Well-Being
1) How is well-being to be defined: our objective circumstances, our ability to satisfy our wants, the amount of time we spend in positive/negative states or the extent to which we find meaning and engagement in life?
2) How do people allocate their time to balance these different aspects of well-being?
3) What is the relationship between well-being and the natural environment?

Risk perception and trust
1) When are people happy to make their own assessment of risks and when do they turn to others for advice, e.g. experts such as doctors or the police?
2) What qualities do they look for in expert risk advisers?
3) How is trust in these advisers built and lost?

Grants & contracts

Research Funding


2010
- Blue Gym: The health and well-being effects of blue space (PI with Pahl & Depledge). UoP 3 year post-doctoral fellowship.
- The Restortive Effects of Sub-Aquatic Environments (PI with Pahl, Depledge & Stone). PhD studentship with the National Marine Aquarium.
- The Psychological Cycle of Dental Anxiety (with Moles & Andrade). PhD Studentship with Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.

2009
- The use of natural environments in healthcare contexts. (Co-PI with Pahl, Moles, Andrade, May, Stone & Depledge): UoP 3 year post-doctoral fellowship.
- Choice Architectures and Volunteering (PI with Pahl): UoP Faculty of Science PhD Studentship
- 'The Q in the QALY: exploring new methods' (With Manuela Joore [PI]). Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development.   
- Attendance at Hierarchical Linear Modelling and Structural Equation Modelling Seminars Sheffield, England. ESRC Research Methods Network Bursary.

2008
- Choice and Counterfactuals (With Simon Handley [PI]): ESRC 3+1 PhD Studentship:
- Well-Being associated with a rewarding activity: Samaritan volunteers. (With Sabine Pahl [PI]). 8K awarded by UoP Vice Chancellor's Research & Innovation Award

2007
- The value of the urban environment (with Prof. Paul Dolan [PI]). 7.5K.  British Academy Award.

2006
- Research on the relationship between well-being and sustainable development (with Prof. Paul Dolan [PI] and Tessa Peasgood). 25K awarded by Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
- Review of research on the influences on personal well-being and application to policy making (with Prof. Paul Dolan [PI] and Tessa Peasgood). 25K awarded by Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Hafner, R., White, M.P. & Handley, S. (in press). Spoilt for Choice:The Role of Counterfactual Thinking in the Choice and Reversibility Paradoxes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Cannon, P., Schnall, S. & White, M.P. (2011). Transgressions and expressions: Affective facial muscle activity predicts moral judgments. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 325-331. 

Carroll, L.S., White, M.P. & Pahl, S. (2011). The Impact of Excess Choice on Deferment of Decisions to Volunteer. Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 629-637.

Keller, C., Bostrom, A., Kuttschreuther, M., Savadori, L., Spence,A., & White, M.P. (2011). Bringing appraisal theory to environmental risk perception: A review of conceptual approaches of teh past 40 years and suggestions for future resarch. Joural of Risk Research, iFirst, 1-20, http??dx.doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2011.634523.

White M.P., Cohrs, J.C. & Goeritz, A. (2011). The dynamics of trust in medical decision making: An experimental investigation into underlying processes. Medical Decision Making, 31, 710-720.

White, M.P., Smith, A., Humphryes, K., Pahl, S., Snelling, D., & Depledge, M. (2010). Blue Space: The importance of water for preferences, affect and restorativeness ratings of natural and built scenes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 482-493

Johnson, B. & White, M.P. (2010). The importance of multiple performance criteria for understanding trust in risk managers. Risk Analysis, 1099-1115.

White, M.P. & Johnson, B. (2010). The Intuitive detection theorist (IDT) model of trust in hazard managers. Risk Analysis, 1196-1209.

Zlatev, M., Pahl, S. & White, M. P. (2010). Perceived risk and benefit for self and others as predictors of smokers' attitudes towards smoking restrictions. Psychology & Health, 25, 167-182.

Pahl, S., Eiser, J.R. & White, M.P. (2009). Self-positivity in comparative social judgements: The role of comparison target, focus and content. Journal of Social Psychology, 149, 413-424.

White, M.P. & Dolan, P. (2009). Accounting for the richness of  daily activities. Psychological Science, 20, 1000-1008.

Dolan, P., Peasgood, T., & White, M.P. (2008). Do we really know what makes us happy? A review of the economic literature on the factors associated with subjective well-being. Journal of Economic Psychology, 29, 94-122.

White M.P., Cohrs, J.C. & Goeritz, A. (2008). The Police Officer's Terrorist Dilemma: Trust Resilience Following Fatal Errors. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38(6), 947-964.

Dolan, P. & White, M.P. (2007). How can measures of subjective well-being be used to inform public policy? Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 2 (1), 71-85.

White M.P. (2007). The trust paradox: The role of context effects in stated trust judgments. Journal of Risk Research, 10 (7), 977-988.

White, M.P. & Eiser, J.R. (2007). A social judgement analysis of trust: People as intuitive detection theorists. In M. Siegrist, T. Earle, & H. Gutscher (Eds), Trust in Cooperative Risk Management: Uncertainty and Scepticism in the Public Mind (pp.95-116).  London. Earthscan.

White, M.P., Eiser, J.R., Harris, P.R. & Pahl, S. (2007). Who reaps the benefits, who bears the risks? Comparative optimism, comparative utility and regulatory preferences for mobile phone technology. Risk Analysis, 27, 3, 741-753.

White, M.P. & Eiser, J.R. (2006). Marginal trust in decision makers: Building and losing trust following decisions under risk. Risk Analysis, 26, 5, 1187-1203.

Dolan, P., & White, M.P. (2006). Dynamic well-being: Connecting indicators of what people anticipate with what they experience. Social Indicators Research, 75, 303-333.

White, M.P & Eiser, J.R. (2005). Information specificity and hazard risk potential as moderators of trust asymmetry. Risk Analysis, 25, 1187-1198.

White, M.P., & Eiser, J.R. (2004). Trust asymmetry: A comparison of three theoretical approaches. International Journal of Psychology, 39, 5-6.

White, M.P., Eiser, J.R., Harris, P.R. (2004). Risk perceptions of mobile phone use while driving. Risk Analysis, 24, 323-334.

White, M.P., Pahl, S., Buehner, M.J., & Haye, A. (2003). Trust in risky messages: The role of prior attitudes. Risk Analysis, 23, 717-726.

White, M.P., Riazi, A., Eiser, C., Hammersley, S, Eiser, J.R., MacLeod, & K., Tooke, J.E. (2002). Interpreting the risks of diabetic renal disease: Perspectives of those most at risk. Psychology and Health, 17, 33-50.

Wallace, B. Ross, A., Davies, J.B., Wright, L. & White, M.P. (2002). The creation of a minor event coding system. Cognition, Technology & Work, 4, 1-8. 

White, M.P.& Davies, J.B. (1998). The Effects of Context and Sensitivity on Self-Reported Attitudes Towards Drugs. Journal of Substance Misuse, 3, 213-220.


Manuscripts under review
 / revision

Hellier, E., Edworthy, J., White, M.P., Aldrich, K., Costello, A. & Gabe-Thomas, E. (under revision). Designing Communications for Civil Emergencies: Evidence from the Research Literature. 

Feddes, A., Harth, N., Kessler, T. & White, M.P. (under review). How Could You Be Friends with them? Boundary Conditions for the Extended Contact Hypothesis.

Kim., H., Schnall, S., Do-Joon, Y., & White, M.P. (Under Review). So Close and Yet So
Far: Congruent Psychological Distance Facilitates Economic Decision Making.

Lau, H.P.B, White, M.P. & Schnall, S. (Under Review). Can't buy me love?: Quantifying the Value of Emotions Using a Willingess-to-Pay Approach. 

Wyles, K., Pahl, S., White, M.P., Morris, S., & Cracknell, D. (Resubmitted). Enhancing the "Marine Mindset": The effects of an aquarium visit and information booklet on attitudes and intentions about fish sustainability and marine pollution.

 

Reports & invited lectures

Reports
Pahl, S., Carroll, L. & White, M.P. (2009). A longitudinal study of new Samaritan volunteers. Project Report for the UoP's Vice Chancellor's Community Awards Scheme.

Dolan, P, Peasgood, T., & White, M.P. (2006). Review of research on the influences on personal well-being and application to policy making. Project Report for Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Dolan, P, Peasgood, T., Dixon, A., Knight, M., Phillips, D., Tsuchiya, A. & White, M.P. (2006). Research on the relationship between well-being and sustainable development. Project Report for Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Eiser, J.R., & White, M.P. (2003). Public perceptions of the health and safety risks of mobile phones. Project report for the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Eiser, J.R., & White, M.P. (2003). Risk perception and trust: An interpersonal extension of signal detection theory. Project report for the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Ross, A.J., White, M.P.& Davies, J.B. (1999). The Development of a Macro-Logic for Analysis of Human Factors Data in the British Nuclear Power Industry. Project report for British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL), Ltd.

Invited talks

White M.P. & Dolan, P. (Nov. 2009). Daily well-being is about thoughts as well as feelings: Extending the day reconstruction method. Dept. of Psychology, Cambridge University.

White M.P. & Dolan, P. (May. 2009). Daily well-being is about thoughts as well as feelings: Extending the day reconstruction method. Dept. of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast.

White M.P. & Dolan, P. (Apr. 2008). Accounting for the richness of our daily activities.
Well-Being Seminar Series, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science.

White M.P. & Dolan, P. (Jan. 2008). A "Good day" is more than the sum of emotional experiences: Incorporating engagment and meaning into the Day Reconstruction Method. Dept of Sociology, University of Surrey,

White M.P. & Dolan, P. (Nov. 2007). A "Good day" is more than the sum of emotional experiences: Incorporating engagment and meaning into the Day Reconstruction Method.
Social and Economic Psychology Group Seminar Series, University of Exeter.

White, M.P. (Nov. 2006). The Police Officer's Terrorist Dilemma: Public Reactions to False Alarm Shootings. Cognitive Psychology Seminar Series, University of Cardiff.

Dolan, P., Peasgood, T. & White, M.P. (Oct. 2006). Review of research on the influences on personal well-being and application to policy making. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.

White, M.P. & Cohrs, J.C. (June. 2006). Trust in police officers following suspected terrorist incidents: A social judgement approach. Conference on Advice Taking and Trust, University College London.

White, M.P. (Dec. 2005). Marginal trust in decision makers: Building and losing trust following decisions under risk. Centre for Decision Research, University of Leeds.

Dolan, P., & White, M.P. (Dec. 2005) Ten reasons for using measures of well-being to inform public policy. Department of Work & Pensions, London.

Eiser, M.P. & White, M.P. (Dec. 2005). A social psychological approach to explaining how trust is built and lost in the context of risk. Taking Stock of Trust Conference, London.

White, M.P. (Oct. 2004). Trust & Distrust: The importance of social judgements in a complex technological world. University of Erlangen, Germany

Dolan, P., & White, M.P. (Feb. 2004) Dynamic well-being: Connecting what we anticipate with what we experience. Centre for Health & Well-Being, Princeton University, USA.

White, M.P. (Oct. 2003). Why do people buy bottled water? Risk perception and trust in water management. Risk Assessment for Soil and Groundwater Conference. Sheffield.

Eiser, J.R. & White, M.P. (Aug. 2003). A Social Judgement Approach to Trust: People as Intuitive Detection Theorists. Social Trust and Risk Management Conference, Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Conference presentations

Oral

White, M.P., Cohrs, J.C, Goeritz, A. (June 2008). "I would have made the same (fatal) mistake". The role of procedural correctness in reversed hindsight bias. European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, Opatijia, Croatia.

White, M.P.& Eiser, J.R. (Aug. 2005). When is a mistake not a mistake? A new account of public trust in risk managers. European Association of Judgment and Decision Making, Stockholm, Sweden.

White, M.P.& Eiser, J.R. (July 2005). Information specificity and hazard risk potential as moderators of trust asymmetry. European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, Würzburg, Germany.

White, M.P.& Eiser, J.R. (Aug. 2004). Investigating trust asymmetry: People as Intuitive Detection Theorists. International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.

White, M.P.& Eiser, J.R. (Dec. 2003). Does trust always come on foot and go on horseback?: Investigating ‘trust asymmetry’. Annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore, USA.

White, M.P. & Eiser, J.R. (June 2003). Judgement evaluation theory: An integrative model of trust. World Congress on Risk, Brussels, Belgium.

White, M.P., Eiser, J.R. & Harris, P. (June 2001). Perceptions of the health and safety risks of mobile phones: A product of sensitivity and response bias? Annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis (Europe), Lisbon, Portugal.

Posters

White, M.P., Cohrs, J.C. & Goeritz, A. (Sept 2007). "I would have made the same mistake": The dominance of procedural correctness in retrospective beliefs about decisions made under uncertainty. Society for Risk Analysis, UK Chapter Conference, Nottingham, UK.

Pahl, S., Zlatev, M., & White, M.P. (Sept 2007). Perceived Risk and Benefit for Self and Others as Predictors of Smokers’ Attitudes towards Smoking Restrictions. Society for Risk Analysis, UK Chapter Conference, Nottingham, UK.

Pahl, S. & White, M.P. (Feb 2007). Who wants to be a Millionaire?: The moderating role of risk for advice taking in a game show context. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, USA.

White, M.P., Eiser, J.R. & Harris P. (June 2003). Intuitive Toxicology and Magnetic Fields. World Congress on Risk, Brussels, Belgium.

White, M.P., Pahl, S., Buehner, M.J., & Haye, A. (June 2002). Trust in risky messages: A negativity, extremity or confirmatory bias? European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, San Sebastian, Spain.

White, M.P., & Eiser, J.R. (Jan. 2002). Risk perceptions of mobile phones: A role for sensitivity and response bias? Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Savannah, U.S.A.