Preprints and articles under review
Zhu, J., Dommett, K., & Stafford, T. (2023). What makes online political ads unacceptable? Interrogating public attitudes to inform regulatory responses. APSA Preprints. doi:10.33774/apsa-2023-rxw1q This content is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed.
Jones, A., Stafford, T., & Petrovskaya, E. (2022). Exploring the multiverse of analysis options for the Addiction Stroop.
Stafford, T., Holroyd, J., and Scaife, R. (under revision). Confronting bias in judging: A framework for addressing psychological biases in decision making. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/nzskm
See also: Judiciary.uk: Biases in decision making.
Panagiotidi, M., Stafford, T., and Overton, P. (submitted). The relationship between cognitive control and task switching and problematic phone use. [Email for document]
Karadzhov, G., Stafford, T., and Vlachos, A. (2021). DeliData: A dataset for deliberation in multi-party problem solving. arXiv preprint arXiv:2108.05271.
See also: delibot.xyz
2023 and in press
Farag, Y., Brand, C. O., Amidei, J., Piwek, P., Stafford, T., Stoyanchev, S., & Vlachos, A. (2023). Opening up Minds with Argumentative Dialogues. SiCON 2023 (co-located with ACL 2023) [preprint]
Dommett, K., Mensah, S. A., Zhu, J., Stafford, T., & Aletras, N. (2023). Is There a Permanent Campaign for Online Political Advertising? Investigating Partisan and Non-Party Campaign Activity in the UK between 2018–2021. Journal of Political Marketing, 1-19.
de Kock, C., Stafford, T., & Vlachos, A. (2022). How to disagree well: Investigating the dispute tactics used on Wikipedia. arXiv preprint arXiv:2212.08353.
Varbanov V., Overton, P., and Stafford, T. (2023). ADHD and ASD traits are indirectly associated with sensory changes through anxiety Curr Psychol (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-022-04217-1 [preprint].
Karadzhov, G., Stafford, T., and Vlachos, A. (2022). What makes you change your mind? An empirical investigation in online group decision-making conversations. arXiv preprint arXiv:2207.12035
Stafford, Tom; Rombach, Ines; Hind, Daniel; Mateen, Bilal; Dimairo, Munyaradzi; Woods, Helen Buckley; et al. (2022): Where next for partial randomisation of research funding? The feasibility of RCTs and alternatives (RoRI Working Paper No.9). Research on Research Institute. Preprint. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.20101118.v1
Vardal, O., Bonometti, V., Drachen, A., Wade, A., & Stafford, T. (2022). Mind the gap: Distributed practice enhances performance in a MOBA game. Plos one, 17(10), e0275843.
Brand, C. O., & Stafford, T. (2022). Using dialogues to increase positive attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines in a vaccine-hesitant UK population. Royal Society Open Science, 9(10), 220366. [web/mobile version]
Copeland, A., Stafford, T., Acuff, S.F., Murphy, J.G. and Field, M. (in press). Behavioral economic and value-based decision-making constructs that discriminate current heavy drinkers versus people who reduced their drinking without treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
Bendiscioli, Sandra; Firpo, Teo; Bravo-Biosca, Albert; Czibor, Eszter; Garfinkel, Michele; Stafford, Tom; et al. (2022): The experimental research funder’s handbook (Revised edition, June 2022, ISBN 978-1-7397102-0-0). Research on Research Institute. Report. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.19459328.v2
Copeland et al (in press). Methodological issues with value-based decision-making (VBDM) tasks: the effect of trial wording on evidence accumulation outputs from the EZ drift-diffusion model. Cogent.
Stafford, T. (in press). Evidence for the rationalisation phenomenon is exaggerated. Behavioural and Brain Sciences (commentary)
Stafford, T., and Vaci, N. (2022). Maximizing the potential of digital games for understanding skill acquisition. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 31(1), 49-55. https://doi.org/10.1177/09637214211057841 [web/mobile version]
Pirrone, A., Reina, A, Stafford, T., Marshall, J.A.R., and Gobet, F. (2022). Magnitude-sensitivity: Rethinking decision-making. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 26(1), 66-80 [OA version here]
Stafford, T. and Brand, C.O. (2021). Commercial involvement in academic publishing is key to research reliability and should face greater public scrutiny. Evidence submitted to the House of Common Science and Technology Committee inquiry on reproducibility and research integrity.
Copeland, A., Stafford, T., and Field, M. (2021). Recovery from addiction: A synthesis of perspectives from behavioral economics, psychology, and decision modeling. In The Handbook of Alcohol Use (pp. 563-579). Academic Press.
Brand, C. O. and Stafford, T. (2021). Review 1: “Information Delivered by a Chatbot Has a Positive Impact on COVID-19 Vaccines Attitudes and Intentions.” Rapid Reviews COVID-19. https://doi.org/10.1162/2e3983f5.237d4808
Stafford, T., Pirrone, A., Croucher, M., and Krystalli, A. (2020). Quantifying the benefits of using decision models with response time and accuracy data. Behaviour Research Methods, 52, 2142–2155. doi.org/10.3758/s13428-020-01372-w (pre-print, web/mobile version)
See also the interactive data explorer: sheffield-university.shinyapps.io/decision_power
Dhir, N., Edman, M., Sanchez Ferro, A., Stafford, T., and Bannard, C. (2020). Identifying robust markers of Parkinson’s Disease in typing behaviour using a CNN-LSTM network. In Proceedings of Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL 2020).
Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P. and Stafford, T. (2020). The relationship between sensory processing sensitivity and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder traits: a spectrum approach. Psychiatry Research, 293, 113477.
Scaife, R., Stafford, T., Bunge, A., and Holroyd, J. (2020). To blame? The effects of moralized feedback on implicit racial bias. Collabra: Psychology, 6(1), 30. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.251
Pirrone, A., Illin, J., Stafford, T., Milne, E. (2020). A diffusion model decomposition of orientation discrimination in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 17, 2, 213-230.
Williams, L., Butler, J., Thirkettle, M., Stafford, T., Quinlivan, B., MacGovern, E., … and Hutchinson, M. (2020). Slowed luminance reaction times in cervical dystonia: disordered superior colliculus processing. Movement Disorders, 35(5), 877-880.
Field, M., Heather, N., Murphy, J. G., Stafford, T., Tucker, J. A., & Witkiewitz, K. (2020). Recovery from addiction: Behavioral economics and value-based decision making. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34(1), 182–193. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000518
Gyurkovics, M., Stafford, T., Levita, L. (2020). Cognitive control across adolescence: Dynamic adjustments and mind-wandering. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149(6), 1017–1031.
Hampsey, E., Overton, P.G., Stafford, T. (2019). Microsaccade rate as a measure of drug response. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 12(6). https://doi.org/10.16910/jemr.12.6.12 Open data/analysis scripts/etc: https://osf.io/je8hf/
Bannard, C., Leriche, M., Bandmann, O., Brown, C., Ferracane, E., Sánchez-Ferro, A., Obeso, J., Redgrave, P. and Stafford, T. (2019). Reduced habit-driven errors in Parkinson’s Disease. Nature Scientific Reports 9(1), 3423. (pre-print)
Holroyd, J., Scaife, R., Stafford, T. (in press). What is implicit bias? Philosophy Compass, 12(10), e12437.
Holroyd, J., Scaife, R., Stafford, T. (in press). Responsibility for Implicit Bias. Philosophy Compass, 12(3), e12410.
Thirkettle, M., Thyoka, M., Fernandes, N., Gopalan, P., Stafford, T. Offiah, A.C. (2019). Internet-based measurement of visual assessment skill of trainee radiologists: developing a sensitive tool. British Journal of Radiology, 92(1097), 20180958.
Silberzahn, R. et al (2018). Many analysts, one dataset: Making transparent how variations in analytical choices affect results. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(3), 337-356. See also : ‘Science isn’t broken‘ and the interactive visualisation by Mat Evans which allowed us to find an important confound in the source data.
Stafford, T. (2018). Female chess players outperform expectations when playing men. Psychological Science, 29(3), 429-436. (Preprint).
Pirrone, A., Azab, H., Hayden, B. Y., Stafford, T., and Marshall, J. A. R. (2018). Evidence for the speed–value trade-off: Human and monkey decision making is magnitude sensitive. Decision, 5(2), 129-142.
Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P.G., Stafford, T. (2018). The relationship between ADHD traits and sensory sensitivity in the general population. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 80, 179-185.
Kalfaoğlu, Ç., Stafford, T. and Milne, E. (2018). Frontal theta band oscillations predict error correction and post error slowing in typing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(1), 69-88.
Stafford, T., Devlin, S., Sifa, R., and Drachen, A. (2017). Exploration and skill acquisition in a major online game. In Proceedings of The 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P.G., Stafford, T. (2017). Multisensory integration and ADHD-like traits: Evidence for an abnormal temporal integration window in ADHD. Acta Psychologica, 181, 10–17.
Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P.G., Stafford, T. (2017). Co-occurrence of ASD and ADHD traits in the general population. Journal of Attentional Disorders.
Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P.G., Stafford, T. (2017). Increased microsaccade rate in individuals with ADHD traits. Journal of Eye Movement Research. 10, 1.
Pirrone, A., Dickinson, A., Gomez, R., Stafford, T. and Milne, E. (2017). Understanding perceptual judgement in autism spectrum disorder using the drift diffusion model. Neuropsychology, 31 (2), 173–180.
Pirrone, A., Marshall, J. A., and Stafford, T. (2017). A drift diffusion model account of the semantic congruity effect in a classification paradigm. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 3(1), 77–96.
Stafford, T. and Haasnoot, E. (2017). Testing sleep consolidation in skill learning: a field study using an online game. Topics in Cognitive Science. 9(2), 485–496. (data + code)
Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P.G., Stafford, T. (2017). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-like traits and distractibility in the visual periphery. Perception, 46 (6), 665–678.
Bednark J., Reynolds J., Stafford T., Redgrave P. and Franz E. (2016). Action experience and action discovery in medicated individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 427. DOI 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00427.
Bertram, C., and Stafford, T. (2016). Improving training for sensory augmentation using the science of expertise. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 68, 234–244.
Lu, Y., Stafford, T., and Fox, C. (2016). Maximum saliency bias in binocular fusion. Connection Science, 28(3),258-269.
Thirkettle, M., Stafford, T., and Offiah, A. (2015). Internet Based Measurement of Visual Expertise in Radiological Skill. Perception, 44, 44-45.
Stafford, T. and Dewar, M. (2014). Tracing the trajectory of skill learning with a very large sample of online game players. Psychological Science, 25(2) 511–518. See also: Data and analysis code.
Baldassarre, G., Stafford, T., Mirolli, M., Redgrave, P., Ryan, R. M., and Barto, A. (2014). Intrinsic motivations and open-ended development in animals, humans, and robots: an overview. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(985). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00985 (introduction to Special Topic we edited).
Kalfaoğlu, Ç & Stafford, T. (2014). Performance breakdown effects dissociate from error detection effects in typing. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(3), 508–524.
Stafford, T. (2014). The perspectival shift: how experiments on unconscious processing don’t justify the claims made for them. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1067. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01067.
Stafford, T., Elgueta, H., Cameron, H. (2014). Students’ engagement with a collaborative wiki tool predicts enhanced written exam performance. Research in Learning Technology, 22, 22797. doi:10.3402/rlt.v22.22797.
Pirrone, A., Stafford, T., and Marshall, J. A. R. (2014). When natural selection should optimise speed-accuracy trade-offs. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8(73). doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00073.
Redgrave, P., Vautrelle, N., and Stafford, T. (2014). Interpretive conundrums when practice doesn’t always make perfect. Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society, 29(1), 7-10. doi:10.1002/mds.25726.
Kerdegari, H., Kim, Y., Stafford, T., and Prescott, T. J. (2014, June). Centralizing bias and the vibrotactile funnelling illusion on the forehead. In International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications (pp. 55-62). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
Bertram, C., Evans, M. H., Javaid, M., Stafford, T., and Prescott, T. (2013). Sensory augmentation with distal touch: the tactile helmet project. In Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (pp. 24-35). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Thirkettle, M., Walton, T., Redgrave, P., Gurney, K., and Stafford, T. (2013). No learning where to go without first knowing where you’re coming from: action discovery is trajectory, not endpoint based. Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 4:, 638. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00638.
Walton, T., Thirkettle, M., Redgrave, P., Gurney, K. N., and Stafford, T. (2013). The discovery of novel actions is affected by very brief reinforcement delays and reinforcement modality. Journal of Motor Behavior, 45(4), 351–360.
Bednark, J. G., Reynolds, J. N. J., Stafford, T., Redgrave, P., and Franz, E. A. (2013). Creating a movement heuristic for voluntary action: Electrophysiological correlates of movement-outcome learning. Cortex, 49(3), 771-780. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2011.12.005.
Thirkettle, M., Walton, T., Shah, A., Gurney, K., Redgrave, P., and Stafford, T. (2013). The path to learning: Action acquisition is impaired when visual reinforcement signals must first access cortex. Behavioural Brain Research, 243, 267–272. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2013.01.023.
Stafford, T., Thirkettle, M., Walton, T., Vautrelle, N., Hetherington, L., Port, M., Gurney, K.N., Redgrave, P. (2012), A novel task for the investigation of action acquisition, PLoS One, 7(6), e37749.
Stafford, T. and Grimes, A. (2012). Memory enhances the mere exposure effect. (PDF, 626KB) Psychology & Marketing, 29, 12, 995–1003.
Stafford, T., and Bell, V. (2012). Brain network: social media and the cognitive scientist. (PDF, 108KB) Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(10), 489–490. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2012.08.001.
Stafford, T., & Gurney, K. N. (2011). Additive factors do not imply discrete processing stages: a worked example using models of the Stroop Task. Frontiers in Psychology, 2. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00287.
Stafford, T., Ingram, L. and Gurney, K.N. (2011), Pieron’s Law holds during Stroop conflict: insights into the architecture of decision making. (PDF, 374KB) Cognitive Science 35, 1553–1566.
Yates, D.J. and Stafford, T. (2011), Insights into the function and mechanism of saccadic decision making from targets scaled by an estimate of the cortical magnification factor, Cognitive Computation, 3, 89–93.
Earlier key publications
Stafford, T. (2010). How do we use computational models of cognitive processes? (PDF, 118KB) In Connectionist Models Of Neurocognition And Emergent Behaviour: From Theory to Applications. Proceedings of the 12th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop, Birkbeck, University of London, 8-10 April 2010. World Scientific (pp. 326–342).
Stafford, T. (2009), What use are computational models of cognitive processes? (PDF, 56KB) In Mayor, J., Ruh, N., Plunkett, K. Connectionist Models of Behaviour and Cognition II: Proceedings of the 11th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop. World Scientific.
Eiser, J. R., Stafford, T., Henneberry, J., and Catney, P. (2009). “Trust me, I’m a Scientist (Not a Developer)”: Perceived expertise and motives as predictors of trust in assessment of risk from contaminated land. (PDF, 260KB) Risk Analysis, 29(2), 288–297.
see also Why don’t we trust the experts? (2016)
Stafford, T. and Gurney, K.N. (2007), Biologically constrained action selection improves cognitive control in a model of the Stroop task, (External PDF) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 362 (1485), 1671–1684.
Stafford, T. and Wilson, S. P. (2007), Self-organisation can generate the discontinuities in the somatosensory map. (PDF, 347KB) Neurocomputing, 70(10-12), 1932–1937.
Stafford, T. and Gurney, K. N. (2004), The role of response mechanisms in determining reaction time performance: Pieron’s Law revisited. (PDF, 231KB) Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11, 975–987.
Eiser, J. R., Fazio, R. H., Stafford, T. and Prescott, T. J. (2003), Connectionist simulation of attitude learning: Asymmetries in the acquisition of positive and negative evaluations. (PDF, 505KB) Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1221–1235.