Associate Professor, Faculty of Science
Before joining the School of Psychology at Nottingham, I lectured at the University of Liverpool and was awarded my PGCHE there. I worked as an MRC- and BBSRC-funded post-doctoral research with Prof. John Pearce, FRS (Cardiff University) Prof. Geoffrey Hall (The University of York) before going into lecturing. Geoffrey also supervised my DPhil. I took my BA in Psychology at the University of Reading where Dr Liz Gaffan influenced my interests in experimental psychology and especially associative learning theory.
C81ADD Addiction and the brain C81BIO Biological Psychology C82NAB Neuroscience and Behaviour C83MLP Mechanisms of Learning and Psychopathology C82MPR & C83MPR Lab classes
I'm currently examining recognition memory in people using eye-tracking. The procedure is an evolution of 'object recognition' memory tasks using in rodents, which have been used to examine the… read more
I'm currently examining recognition memory in people using eye-tracking. The procedure is an evolution of 'object recognition' memory tasks using in rodents, which have been used to examine the neural substrates of recognition memory. My current interest is in testing competing psychological hypotheses of recognition, which I describe here (Robinson & Bonardi, 2015).
Peter Jones, Emma Whitt and I examined mechanisms of rats' novelty/familiarity discrimination in a BBSRC-funded grant & PhD studentship. Our main findings were:
Acquired equivalence experiments demonstrate that people (and rats and pigeons, for that matter) confuse stimuli that have signalled the same outcomes in the past. For example, when rats learn that both a tone and a white noise signal food deliver, they are now more likely to transfer new learning about the tone to the white noise. Analogous experiments with people have demonstrated that older people show this acquired equivalence effect less strongly (Robinson & Owens, 2013), which we interpret as providing evidence about dynamic processes within a three-layer network that supports learning. We plan to test predictions of this account.
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