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Allie Sinclair Soars Through University as U of T’s Top Student

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Allie Sinclair finished at the University of Toronto with a 4.0 GPA and the highest marks of thousands of graduating undergraduate students.

Geoffrey Vendeville, UofT News, 06/07/18

The Power of Prediction

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In educational settings we are more likely to think about retrieving relevant prior knowledge prior to acquiring new information. […] this line of research can advance our understanding of the intricacies of the learning process, and enrich our ability to both evaluate and formulate effective approaches for teaching.

Dr. Efrat Furst, 12/01/18

Right-Wing Authoritarians are Less Likely to Update False Beliefs after Corrective Feedback

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New research has found that right-wing authoritarians tend to be less successful at correcting erroneous beliefs than others. The study, published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, provides evidence that cognitive factors, such as a general aversion to new information, are related authoritarian attitudes.

Dolan, E.W., PsyPost, 08/15/20

Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Reduced Updating

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All Things Cognition, 08/26/20

Memory, Belief Updating, and Learning from Error

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Default Mode, 02/11/21

Risks, Real and Imagined

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Older adults are at high risk of suffering debilitating health effects from COVID-19. Effective communication of associated risks is therefore paramount. A new study finds that imagining a personalized disease transmission event amplifies perceived risk and bolsters risk-related information seeking in older age.

Bulley, A. & Schacter, D.L., 08/05/21

Imagination Exercise Helps People Get a Grip on Real Pandemic Risks

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Putting risk data into context of everyday activities leads to more realistic appraisals.

Karl Bates, Duke Research, 08/05/21

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Surprise and Destabilize: Prediction Error Influences Episodic Memory Reconsolidation

Published in Learning & Memory, 2018

Sinclair, A.H., & Barense, M.D. (2018). Surprise and destabilize: Prediction error influences episodic memory reconsolidation. Learning and Memory, 25(8), 369–381. https://doi.org/10.1101/lm.046912.117

Prediction Error and Memory Reactivation: How Incomplete Reminders Drive Reconsolidation

Published in Trends in Neurosciences, 2019

Sinclair, A.H., & Barense, M.D. (2019). Prediction Error and Memory Reactivation: How Incomplete Reminders Drive Reconsolidation. Trends in Neurosciences, 42(10), 727–739. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2019.08.007

Intellectual Humility and Perceptions of Political Opponents

Published in Journal of Personality, 2020

Stanley, M.L., Sinclair, A.H., & Seli, P. (2020). Intellectual humility and perceptions of political opponents. Journal of Personality, 88(6), 1196–1216. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12566

Closed-Minded Cognition: Right-Wing Authoritarianism is Negatively Related to Belief Updating Following Prediction Error

Published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2020

Sinclair, A.H., Stanley, M.L., & Seli, P. (2020). Closed-minded cognition: Right-wing authoritarianism is negatively related to belief updating following prediction error. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-020-01767-y

Prediction Errors Disrupt Hippocampal Representations and Update Episodic Memories

Published in BioRxiv, 2021

Sinclair, A.H., Manalili, G.M., Brunec, I.K., Adcock, R.A., & Barense, M.D. (2021). Prediction Errors Disrupt Hippocampal Representations and Update Episodic Memories. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.29.319418

Imagining a Personalized Scenario Selectively Increases Perceived Risk of Viral Transmission for Older Adults

Published in Nature Aging, 2021

Sinclair, A.H., Stanley, M.L., Hakimi, S., Adcock, R.A., & Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2021). Imagining a Personalized Scenario Selectively Increases Perceived Risk of Viral Transmission for Older Adults. Nature Aging. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s43587-021-00095-7

Pairing Facts with Imagined Consequences Improves Pandemic-Related Risk Perception

Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 2021

Sinclair, A.H.*, Hakimi, S.*, Stanley, M.L., Adcock, R.A., & Samanez-Larkin, G.R. (2021). Pairing Facts with Imagined Consequences Improves Pandemic-Related Risk Perception. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 118 (32) e2100970118. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2100970118

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Surprise & Destabilize: Prediction Error Influences Episodic Memory Reconsolidation

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Prediction Error Influences Episodic Memory Reconsolidation

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Surprise Drives Episodic Memory Updating and Distortion

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Past Meets Present: Prediction Error Drives Episodic Memory Updating

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Pairing Facts with Imagined Consequences Improves Pandemic-Related Risk Perception

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