School of Psychology
University of Queensland
2017 - PhD (Organisational and Cognitive Psychology), University of Western Australia
Member of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Member of the Psychonomics Society
Ballard, T., Yeo, G., Vancouver, J. B., & Neal, A. (2017). The dynamics of avoidance goal regulation. Motivation and Emotion, 41, 698-707. PDF
Ballard, T., Farrell, S., & Neal, A. (in press). Quantifying the psychological value of goal acheivement. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
Neal, A., Ballard, T., Vancouver, J. B. (2017). Dynamic self-regulation and multiple-goal pursuit. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology & Organizational Behavior, 4, 410-423. PDF
Ballard, T., Yeo, G., Neal, A., & Farrell, S. (2016). Departures from optimality when pursuing multiple approach or avoidance goals. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 1056-1066. PDF
Lewandowsky, S., Ballard, T., Oberauer, K., & Benestad, R. (2016). A blind test of contrarian interpretations of climate data. Global Environmental Change, 39, 91-97. PDF Media: Washington Post - The Guardian - Brisbane Times
Ballard, T. & Lewandowsky, S. (2015). When, not if: the inescapability of an uncertain climate future. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 373, 1-10. PDF
Manuscripts In Revision
Ballard, T., Vancouver, J. B., & Neal, A. (in revision). Using hierarchical Bayesian modeling to test competing accounts of deadline effects on prioritization during multiple-goal pursuit. Journal of Applied Psychology.
Neal, A., Ballard, T., & Yeo, G. (in revision). Developing and testing a cognitive-energetic model of cognitive, motivational and affective processes during goal pursuit. Journal of Applied Psychology.
Gee, P., Ballard, T., Yeo, G., & Neal, A. (2012). Measuring Affect over Time: The Momentary Affect Scale. In Ashkanasy, N. M., Härtel, C. E. J., & Zerbe, W. J. (Eds.), Research on emotions in organisations, Volume 8: The emotions of compassion and care. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing/JAI Press. PDF
My research interests are in the areas of decision making and motivation. The project I will be conducting this year seeks to examine how people make decisions whilst juggling competing goals. For example, how do pilots and air traffic controllers meet the demand to be on time whilst maintaining safety? How do medical practitioners balance the need for effective treatment whilst minimising the risk of side effects to the patient?
I use laboratory experiments to investigate the psychological processes that underlie these types of decisions. I am particularly interested in understanding the influence of factors such as how the goals are framed, the level of uncertainty in the environment, how difficult the goals are to achieve, and time deadlines on which goal people decide to prioritise and how long it takes to make the prioritisation decision.
As a supervisor, I encourage my students to set short term goals that promote consistent progress throughout the year. I emphasise independence of thought and encourage students to develop their own ideas. I’m looking for students who are motivated and willing to work hard. In return, I will aim to not only help you do well in your thesis, but also to develop the skills necessary for life after honours. If you’re interested in chatting about supervision, please do send me an email and/or we can arrange a meeting.
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