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New article in Cognition and Emotion!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Hello again, it’s a been a good couple of weeks 🙂

This article is the first to be published about my new passion, which is judgement biases in anxiety and depression.  This paper is about probability bias, which is the tendency to think bad things are more likely to happen than good things.  We see this in people with anxiety, and in people with depression.

This article demonstrates that we also see the same bias in people who have weak attentional control, even if they’re not anxious or depressed.  That’s a bit surprising, but it reinforces the idea – which you’ll find a lot in the literature – that weak attentional control is a risk factor for emotional disorders.  This is because biases, like probability bias, are thought to play a role in the causation of emotional disorders, so anything which increases the chances of showing probability bias will probably also increase the chances of developing a disorder.  Stay tuned for more work on these topics …

Booth, R. W., & Sharma, D. (2019).  Attentional control and estimation of the probability of positive and negative events.  Cognition and Emotion.  Article accepted for publication.

New paper in the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Another article accepted, this time in the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy.  This one is about attentional control, and whether it is linked to anxiety disorders.  We know poor attentional control is linked to anxiety, but we didn’t know whether it had a special connection to anxiety disorders.  In other words, we didn’t know whether there would be a measurable difference in attentional control between someone with the mildest diagnosable anxiety disorder, and someone with very severe but not-diagnosably-high anxiety.  Long story short, there isn’t.

Booth, R. W., & Tekeş, B. (2019).  Individual differences in anxiety and worry, not anxiety disorders, predict weakened executive control: Preliminary evidence.  International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy.  Article in press.

New article in PLOS ONE!

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

An article of mine, “A relationship between weak attentional control and cognitive distortions, explained by negative affect”, has been accepted for publication in PLOS ONE.  This article is about ‘cognitive distortions’, which are particular thinking habits we see in people high in anxiety and depression.  We show that these distortions seem to be related to weak attentional control, but only because weak attentional control is also related to anxiety and depression.

This is a nice one for me, for two reasons.  Firstly, it’s actually the first data I’ve published which were collected here at Sabancı.  Secondly and more importantly, Study 1 from the paper was run as a PROJ201 project with eight students from all faculties.  I gave them the study and they worked hard collecting the data, and make good presentations about their work at the end of semester.  Since they ran the study as part of a course, and therefore contributed intellectually to the project and to my writeup,  I am delighted to make them authors on the paper.  Well done, folks!

Booth, R.W., Sharma, D., Dawood, F., Doğan, M., Emam, H.E.M., Gönenç, S.S., Kula, A., Mazıcı, B., Saraçyakupoğlu, A., & Shahzad, A.-U.-R. (2019).  A relationship between weak attentional control and cognitive distortions, explained by negative affect. PLOS ONE, 14(4): e0215399.

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0215399

Booth et al. 19 PLOS ONE

Independent Study Projects – Spring 2019

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Hi!  It’s that time of year again.  If you would like to work with me on your ISP this coming semester, please contact me NOW.

You can have your own idea, or you can join a project of mine …  Just email me with your interests, GPA and Research Methods grades.

New paper in Current Psychology!

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Today our paper “Perceived Self-Society Moral Discrepancies Concerning Fairness Predict Depression and Paranoid Ideation” has been accepted for publication in the journal Current Psychology.  This paper follows up some of our earlier work with our graduate Nurdan Gündoğdu.  Replicating that work, we found that perceiving that one’s own moral beliefs are different (not stronger, just different) to those of the larger society correlated with symptoms of depression and paranoia.  This is, unfortunately, more and more relevant in these days of large-scale migration and political polarisation.

Peker, M., Booth, R.W., & Güney, O. (2018). Perceived self-society moral discrepancies concerning fairness predict depression and paranoid ideation.  Current Psychology.  http://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-0034-1

New article in QJEP!

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Hello, today an article of mine has been formally accepted for publication in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  Which is nice.  You can find the preprint here.

The article is about why stress sometimes improves selective attention.  Long story short, it seems to overload your attention system, so that you can pay attention to less stuff.  Ironically, this can mean you pay attention to less irrelevant stuff, and get distracted less.  Obviously this effect only works under certain specific circumstances: you should not try to increase your stress level when studying for exams!

Booth, R.W. (2018).  Reduced Stroop interference under stress: Decreased cue utilisation, not increased executive control.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  Article in press.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021818809368

ISPs for Fall 2018

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Hi, if you are interested in working with me for your Independent Study Project in Fall 2018, please contact me NOW.  Tell me your interests, your PSY303 grade, your overall GPA, and how many courses you plan to take this semester.