The School of Psychology proudly presents:
The Psychonomic Seminar Series 2006
Growing out the peroxide blonde of ignorance to reveal the mousy brown roots of truth
Dr Luke Smillie gained his PhD from the University of Queensland but he was then convicted for a petty crime (involving basic hygiene and possum wrangling) and sentenced to be shipped to a strange country on the other side of the world. After an arduous journey, Dr Smillie arrived in the new land with his fellow convicts and was immediately set to work by his harsh jailers at Goldsmiths College (University of London) conducting gruelling research into individual differences as a Research Fellow. Dr Smillie survived the dreadful regime and was recently promoted to a permanent lectureship. This means he is only chained up for half the working week. It was while he was developing plans for the ruthless suppression of the indigenous population in the name of progress that our team finally hunted him down and rescued him. They smuggled him back to Australia in a pencil box with a false bottom and, this Friday, he will present the final Psychonomics Seminar for Semester One 2006.
"Paradigms for investigating individual differences in reward-reactivity"
3pm Friday June 9th in room 306, Psychology
My colleagues and I have recently argued [Smillie, L. D., Pickering, A. D. & Jackson, C. J. (in press), The new Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory: implications for personality measurement, Personality and Social Psychology Review] that common assumptions about Gray's "Behavioural Activation System (BAS)", and methods for testing them, are among the most contentious aspects of the Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of personality. Much research in the broader neuroscience literature, while not directly concerned with RST, may offer some valuable advice. In this talk I will discuss several paradigms from the neuroscience toolkit which I am