Blair Saunders

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Lecturer
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Bio

Biography

I graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2010 with a MA in Psychology. I then completed my graduate studies working with Ines Jentzsch in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. After completing my PhD in cognitive neuroscience I became a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto with Michael Inzlicht. During my postdoctoral years I was also a visiting scholar at the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. I started as a Lecturer in the Division of Psychology, School of Social Sciences in September 2017.  

Research

My research focuses on the psychology and neuroscience of self-regulation. I explore how people overcome set-backs, conflicts, and unwanted impulses in favour of both short and long term goals. To answer these questions I draw evidence from a range of methodological approaches, including behaviour, phenomenology, and psychophysiological signals arising from both the central and peripheral nervous system. 

 

 

Teaching

  • Understanding the mind (Level 2)
  • Biological Psychology (Level 3)

Publications

Saunders, B, Riesel, A, Klawohn, J & Inzlicht, M 2018,

'Interpersonal touch enhances cognitive control: A neurophysiological investigation' Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. DOI:
10.1037/xge0000412

Research output: Contribution To Journal



O’Donnell, M, Nelson, LD, Ackermann, E, Aczel, B, Akhtar, A, Aldrovandi, S, Alshaif, N, Andringa, R, Aveyard, M, Babincak, P, Balatekin, N, Baldwin, SA, Banik, G, Baskin, E, Bell, R, Białobrzeska, O, Birt, AR, Boot, WR, Braithwaite, SR, Briggs, JC, Buchner, A, Budd, D, Budzik, K, Bullens, L, Bulley, RL, Cannon, PR, Cantarero, K, Cesario, J, Chambers, S, Chartier, CR, Chekroun, P, Chong, C, Cleeremans, A, Coary, SP, Coulthard, J, Cramwinckel, FM, Denson, TF, Díaz-Lago, M, Di Donato, TE, Drummond, A, Eberlen, J, Ebersbach, T, Edlund, JE, Finnigan, KM, Fisher, J, Frankowska, N, García-Sánchez, E, Golom, FD, Graves, AJ, Greenberg, K, Hanioti, M, Hansen, HA, Harder, JA, Harrell, ER, Hartanto, A, Inzlicht, M, Johnson, DJ, Karpinski, A, Keller, VN, Klein, O, Koppel, L, Krahmer, E, Lantian, A, Larson, MJ, Légal, J-B, Lucas, RE, Lynott, D, Magaldino, CM, Massar, K, Mc Bee, MT, Mc Latchie, N, Melia, N, Mensink, MC, Mieth, L, Moore-Berg, S, Neeser, G, Newell, BR, Noordewier, MK, Özdogğru, AA, Pantazi, M, Parzuchowski, M, Peters, K, Philipp, MC, Pollmann, MMH, Rentzelas, P, Rodríguez-Bailón, R, Röer, JP, Ropovik, I, Roque, NA, Rueda, C, Rutjens, BT, Sackett, K, Salamon, J, Sánchez-Rodríguez, Á, Saunders, B, Schaafsma, J, Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M, Shanks, DR, Sherman, MF, Steele, KM, Steffens, NK, Sun, J, Susa, KJ, Szaszi, B, Szollosi, A, Tamayo, RM, Tinghög, G, Tong, Y, Tweten, C, Vadillo, MA, Valcarcel, D, Linden, NVD, Elk, MV, Harreveld, FV, Västfjäll, D, Vazire, S, Verduyn, P, Williams, MN, Willis, GB, Wood, SE, Yang, C, Zerhouni, O, Zheng, R & Zrubka, M 2018,

'Registered Replication Report: Dijksterhuis & van Knippenberg (1998): Prof Prime RRR' Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 0, no. 0, pp. 1745691618755704. DOI:
10.1177/1745691618755704

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Lin, H, Saunders, B, Hutcherson, C & Inzlicht, M 2017,

'Midfrontal theta and pupil dilation parametrically track subjective conflict (but also surprise) during intertemporal choice' Neuro Image. DOI:
10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.10.055

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Elkins-Brown, N, Saunders, B, He, FFH & Inzlicht, M 2017,

'Stability and reliability of error-related electromyography over the corrugator supercilii with increasing trials' Psychophysiology, vol. 54, no. 10, pp. 1559-1573. DOI:
10.1111/psyp.12902

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Saunders, B, Lin, H, Milyavskaya, M & Inzlicht, M 2017,

'The emotive nature of conflict monitoring in the medial prefrontal cortex' International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol. 119, pp. 31-40. DOI:
10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2017.01.004

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Saunders, B, Rodrigo, AH & Inzlicht, M 2016,

'Mindful awareness of feelings increases neural performance monitoring' Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 93-105. DOI:
10.3758/s13415-015-0375-2

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Elkins-Brown, N, Saunders, B & Inzlicht, M 2016,

'Error-related electromyographic activity over the corrugator supercilii is associated with neural performance monitoring' Psychophysiology, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 159-170. DOI:
10.1111/psyp.12556

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Saunders, B & Inzlicht, M 2016,

Vigour and Fatigue: How Variation in Affect Underlies Effective Self-Control. in TS Braver (ed.), Motivation and Cognitive Control. Frontiers of Cognitive Psychology, Routledge, pp. 212-234. DOI:
10.4324/9781315656878

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Saunders, B, He, FFH & Inzlicht, M 2015,

'No Evidence That Gratitude Enhances Neural Performance Monitoring or Conflict-Driven Control' PLo S ONE, vol. 10, no. 12, e0143312, pp. 1-14. DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0143312

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Saunders, B, Milyavskaya, M & Inzlicht, M 2015,

'What does cognitive control feel like? Effective and ineffective cognitive control is associated with divergent phenomenology' Psychophysiology, vol. 52, no. 9, pp. 1205-1217. DOI:
10.1111/psyp.12454

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Saunders, B, Milyavskaya, M & Inzlicht, M 2015,

'Variation in Cognitive Control as Emotion Regulation' Psychological Inquiry, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 108-115. DOI:
10.1080/1047840X.2015.962396

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Hobson, NM, Saunders, B, Al-Khindi, T & Inzlicht, M 2014,

'Emotion Down-Regulation Diminishes Cognitive Control: A Neurophysiological Investigation' Emotion, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 1014-1026. DOI:
10.1037/a0038028

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Saunders, B & Jentzsch, I 2014,

'Reactive and proactive control adjustments under increased depressive symptoms: insights from the classic and emotional-face Stroop task' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 884-898. DOI:
10.1080/17470218.2013.836235

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Saunders, B & Jentzsch, I 2012,

'False external feedback modulates posterror slowing and the f-P300: implications for theories of posterror adjustment' Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 1210-1216. DOI:
10.3758/s13423-012-0314-y

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Picton, L, Saunders, B & Jentzsch, I 2012,

'"I will fix only my own mistakes": An ERP study investigating error processing in a joint choice-RT task' Neuropsychologia, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 777-785. DOI:
10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.01.011

Research output: Contribution To Journal