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 2017,

'Registered Replication Report: Dijksterhuis & van Knippenberg (1998): Prof Prime RRR' Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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



Activities

International Journal of Psychophysiology (Journal)

Role: Peer reviewer
Activity: Publication peer-review

25 9 2017