Dr Peter Jones
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Dr Peter Jones

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)

Role

Lecturer in Psychology

Qualifications

BSc (Hons.) Psychology, 2001, Cardiff University

PhD Psychology, 2005, Cardiff University

After completing my PhD, I spent seven years working as a postdoctoral researcher. I moved to the University of Nottingham in 2005 to carry out research examining mechanisms of learning, attention, and stimulus representation. I moved to Cardiff University at the beginning of 2012 to continue my research, and started my first teaching post in 2013 at Staffordshire University before moving to Plymouth later in the year.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests are quite varied! I am module leader for the following modules:

PSYC108PP: Psychobiological and cognitive aspects of health behaviour

PSYC204: Applied Topics in Health and Cognition

I give lectures as part of:

PSY155: Contemporary Topics in Social and Developmental Psychology

I also take personal tutorials, and supervise final year projects in Psychology.

Research interests

My research is concerned with basic psychological mechanisms, especially those related to learning and attention. I am particularly interested in examining the ways in which attention to individual stimuli changes, how these changes interact with what is learned, and how well existing computational models of learning can account for behaviour. I am also interested in everyday phenomena that are governed by these fundamental processes, and I have published work on topics ranging from navigation to the acquisition of food preferences.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Robinson J, Whitt EJ & Jones PM 2017 'Familiarity-Based Stimulus Generalization of Conditioned Suppression' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition , DOI PEARL
Dumont JR, Jones PM, Pearce JM & Kosaki Y 2015 'Evidence for concrete but not abstract representation of length during spatial learning in rats' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 1, (41) 91-104 , DOI PEARL
Jones PM & Pearce JM 2014 'The fate of redundant cues: Further analysis of the redundancy effect' Learning & Behavior (Online first publication) , DOI
Kosaki, Y, Jones PM, Pearce & JM 2013 'Asymmetry in the discrimination of length during spatial learning' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 4, (39) 342-356 , DOI
Jones PM, Haselgrove & M 2013 'Blocking and associability change' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 3, (39) 249-258 , DOI
Haselgrove, M, Tam, Shu KE & Jones PM 2013 'Enhanced unblocking from sustained post-trial surprise' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 4, (39) 311-322 , DOI
Jones PM, Haselgrove & M 2013 'Overshadowing and associability change: examining the contribution of differential stimulus exposure' Learning and Behavior (41) 107-117 , DOI
Jones PM, Whitt EJ & Robinson J 2012 'Excitotoxic perirhinal cortex lesions leave stimulus-specific habituation of suppression to lights intact' Behavioural Brain Research (229) 365-371 , DOI
Dwyer DM, Haselgrove M & Jones PM 2011 'Cue interactions in flavor preference learning: a configural analysis' J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process 37, (1) 41-57 , DOI
Jones PM & Haselgrove M 2011 'Overshadowing and associability change' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes (37) 287-299 , DOI
Robinson J, Whitt EJ, Horsley RR & Jones PM 2010 'Familiarity-based stimulus generalization of conditioned suppression in rats is dependent on the perirhinal cortex' Behavioral Neuroscience (124) 587-599 , DOI
Haselgrove M, Esber GR, Pearce JM & Jones PM 2010 'Two kinds of attention in Pavlovian conditioning: evidence for a hybrid model of learning' J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process 36, (4) 456-470 , DOI
Jones PM, Pearce JM, Davies VJ, Good MA & McGregor A 2007 'Impaired processing of local geometric features during navigation in a watermaze following hippocampal lesions in rats' Behavioural Neuroscience (12) 1258-1271 , DOI
McGregor A, Jones PM, Good MA & Pearce JM 2006 'Further evidence that rats rely on local rather than global spatial information to locate a hidden goal: Reply to Cheng and Gallistel' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes (32) 314-321 , DOI
Pearce JM, Graham M, Good MA, Jones PM & McGreogr A 2006 'Potentiation, overshadowing, and blocking of spatial learning based on the shape of the environment' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes (32) 201-214 , DOI
Pearce JM, Good MA, Jones PM & McGregor A 2004 'Transfer of spatial behavior between different environments: Implications for theories of spatial learning and for the role of the hippocampus in spatial learning' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes (30) 135-147 , DOI