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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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If you have high right-wing authoritarian attitudes, then you will be less likely to change your answers when asked again even after being told the right answers.

All Things Cognition, 08/26/20

Memory, Belief Updating, and Learning from Error

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I talk with Allie Sinclair, Ph.D. candidate at Duke University, about memory, belief updating, and learning from error.

Default Mode, 02/11/21

When Grandma’s optimism bias gets in the way of perceiving COVID-19 risks

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The profound impact of COVID-19 on all our lives brought the concept of risk front and center. For older adults especially, the risks are literally about life and death.

Mia Wood, Lab Roots, 08/10/21

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

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

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Models still have some function, Sinclair says, so long as they are presented in a way that’s relevant to people’s actual lives— showing how the pandemic can be expected to unfold locally, and soon.

Gregory Barber, Wired, 09/13/21

What are your chances of being exposed to COVID-19 at an event? These tools can help you find out

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Individuals can use the mapping tool like a weather app. Check the risk they might face and then make the decision on how that will affect them. We cannot control that external risk but we can control our own behavior, Sinclair said.

Samantha Kummerer, ABC 11 News, 09/17/21

Researchers reveal how our brains update memories when we discover they’re wrong

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Understanding how our memories are preserved, how they are updated, how this allows us to adaptively function in the world — I think that is a fascinating question.

Chris Sasaki, 12/16/21

An element of surprise is the recipe for creating false memories

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It turns out that human memory can be edited on the fly, creating memories that are nowhere near set in stone. A team of researchers has figured out how that happens and proved it by making people misremember.

Karl Bates, Duke News, 01/05/22

How trying to predict the future can transform your memories

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Whenever you’re surprised, there’s a good chance that your brain is busy tweaking your memories.

Peter Rogers, Big Think, 02/08/22

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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

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

Prediction Errors Disrupt Hippocampal Representations and Update Episodic Memories

Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 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. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 118(51), e2117625118. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2117625118

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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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