Dr Stuart Spicer
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Dr Stuart Spicer

PenARC Research Fellow

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

I am a researcher in applied healthcare. My current role is Research Fellow at PenARC (NIHR Applied Research Collaboration - South West Peninsula), and I am also part of the Community & Primary Care Research Group. I am currently involved in several research projects, predominantly within mental health, frailty and dementia. I have an interest in overprescribing (of medication prescribed for pain and mental health) and socio-ecomonic inequality. My published research from previous projects encompasses both applied and cognitive psychology. This includes research into problem gambling, video game loot boxes, and associative learning - areas in which I maintain an active research interest. My methodological background is in quantitative research, although I now work mainly in mixed-methods settings.

Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology - University of Plymouth (2020)
  • MSc Psychology - University of Nottingham (2015)

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Tabner A, Spicer SG, Husk K, Blake H, White C, Toft S & Johnson G (2022) 'Taking the biscuit: defining excessive quantities of free refreshments in a healthcare library' BMJ 379, Author Site , DOI
Spicer SG, Fullwood C, Close J, Nicklin LL, Lloyd J & Lloyd H (2022) 'Loot boxes and problem gambling: Investigating the “gateway hypothesis”' Addictive Behaviors 131, , DOI Open access
Close J, Spicer S, Nicklin L, Lloyd J & Lloyd H (2022) 'Loot box engagement: relationships with educational attainment, employment status and earnings in a cohort of 16,000 UK gamers' Addiction , DOI Open access
Close J, Spicer SG, Nicklin LL, Lloyd J, Whalley B & Lloyd H (2022) 'Gambling and Gaming in the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 Lockdown' COVID 2, 187-101 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Spicer S, Mitchell C, Wills A, Blake K & Jones P (2022) 'Theory protection: do humans protect existing associative links?' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 48, (1) 1-16 , DOI Open access
Lloyd J, Nicklin LL, Spicer GG, Fullwood C, Uther M, Hinton D, Parke J, Lloyd H & Close J (2021) 'Development and validation of the RAFFLE; a measure of Reasons And Facilitators for Loot box Engagement' Journal of Clinical Medicine 10, (24) , DOI Open access
Spicer S, Laura N, Joanne L, Maria U, Lloyd H & Close J (2021) 'Loot boxes, problem gambling and problem video gaming: A systematic review and meta-synthesis' New Media and Society , DOI Open access
Nicklin LL, Spicer SG, Close J, Parke J, Smith O, Rayman T, Lloyd H & Lloyd J (2021) 'It’s the attraction of winning that draws you in” – A qualitative investigation of reasons and facilitators for videogame loot box engagement in UK gamers' Journal of Clinical Medicine , DOI Open access
Jones PM, Mitchell C, Wills A & Spicer S (2021) 'Similarities and differences: Comment on Chan et al' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition , DOI Open access
Spicer SG, Wills AJ, Jones PM, Mitchell CJ & Dome L (2021) 'Representing uncertainty in the Rescorla-Wagner model: Blocking, the redundancy effect, and outcome base rate' Open Journal of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience 1, 14-21 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Close J, Spicer SG, Nicklin LL, Uther M, Lloyd J & Lloyd H (2021) 'Secondary analysis of loot box data: Are high-spending “whales” wealthy gamers or problem gamblers?' Addictive Behaviors 117, 106851-106851 , DOI Open access
Spicer S, Mitchell C, Wills A & Jones P (2019) 'Theory protection in associative learning: humans maintain certain beliefs in a manner that violates prediction error' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition , DOI Open access
Buckley M, Holden L, Spicer S, Smith AD & Haselgrove M (2019) 'Crossing boundaries: Global reorientation following transfer from the inside to the outside of an arena' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition , DOI Open access