Anastasia Ejova

Anastasia Ejova

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My research interests are in three topic areas within health, social and cognitive psychology: functional somatic syndromes, gambling disorder, and the cognitive science of religion. With respect to somatic syndromes, I am investigating how neurophysiological recording tools (most notably, EEG and electrogastrography) might be used in studying immediate reactions to physical and psychological stress among people with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Within the gambling field, I have been involved in projects on decision-making, impulsivity, online gambling, and the boundary between gambling and video-gaming. I also seek to apply what I'm learning through my research on decision-making and religion to developing a body of research on the extent to which concepts of luck are the same across cultures, borrowing from concepts of "randomness" on the one hand and concepts of "higher powers" on the other. Functional somatic syndromes are often comorbid with anxiety, so my experience in studying them provides me with the tools for investigating which forms of gambling are particularly likely to be pursued for their ability to (temporarily) ease anxiety.

I have ongoing collaborations with research teams at Macquarie University, the University of Auckland, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2023 Myles, A., Jones, M., Beath, A., Loxton, D., & Ejova, A. (2023). Young women’s somatic symptoms are more strongly predicted by psychosocial rather than physiological factors: Longitudinal findings in a large population-representative sample.
    2023 Mazor, Y., Schnitzler, M., Jones, M., Ejova, A., & Malcolm, A. (2023). The patient with obstructed defecatory symptoms: Management differs considerably between physicians and surgeons. Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 9 pages.
    2023 Ejova, A., Jones, M. P., Beath, A. P., McKerchar, S. L., & Okifuji, A. (2023). Moment-to-moment relationships between pain, fatigue, and distress as a function of GI symptoms in fibromyalgia.. Journal of psychosomatic research, 170, 111348.
    2021 Mazor, Y., Trieu, R. Q., Prott, G., Jones, M., Ejova, A., Kellow, J., & Malcolm, A. (2021). Volumetric Rectal Perception Testing: Is It Clinically Relevant? Results from a Large Patient Cohort. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 116(12), 2419-2429.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2021 Ejova, A., Badcock, N. A., McKerchar, S., Beath, A. P., Swift, C., Talley, N. J., . . . Jones, M. P. (2021). Electroencephalographic evidence of unconscious and conscious attentional bias in people with functional gastrointestinal disorders: A pilot study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 170, 30-42.
    2021 Mazor, Y., Prott, G., Jones, M., Ejova, A., Kellow, J., & Malcom, A. (2021). Factors Associated With Response to Anorectal Biofeedback Therapy in Patients With Fecal Incontinence. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 19(3), 492-502.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2021 Ejova, A., Badcock, N., McKerchar, S., Beath, A., Swift, C., Talley, N. J., . . . Jones, M. (2021). Electroencephalographic evidence of unconscious and conscious attentional bias in people with functional gastrointestinal disorders: A pilot study.
    2021 Ejova, A., Krátký, J., Kundtová Klocová, E., Kundt, R., Cigán, J., Kotherová, S., . . . Gray, R. D. (2021). The awe-prosociality relationship: evidence for the role of context. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 11(3), 294-311.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2021 Linhartová, P., Širůček, J., Ejova, A., Barteček, R., Theiner, P., & Kašpárek, T. (2021). Dimensions of Impulsivity in Healthy People, Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, and Patients with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Attention Disorders, 25(4), 584-595.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    2020 Ejova, A., & Ohtsuka, K. (2020). Erroneous gambling-related beliefs emerge from broader beliefs during problem-solving: a critical review and classification scheme. Thinking and Reasoning, 26(2), 159-187.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS13
    2020 Mazor, Y., Prott, G. M., Sequeira, C., Jones, M., Ejova, A., Kellow, J. E., . . . Malcolm, A. (2020). A novel combined anorectal biofeedback and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation protocol for treating fecal incontinence. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, 13, 1-10.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 Ejova, A., Milojev, P., Worthington, E. L., Sibley, C. G., & Bulbulia, J. (2020). Church attendance buffers against longer-term mental distress. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 11(2), 123-138.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2020 Sibley, C. G., Usman Afzali, M., Satherley, N., Ejova, A., Stronge, S., Yogeeswaran, K., . . . Bulbulia, J. (2020). Prejudice toward Muslims in New Zealand: Insights from the New Zealand attitudes and values study. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 49(1), 48-72.
    2020 Ejova, A., Milojev, P., Worthington, E. L., Bulbulia, J., & Sibley, C. G. (2020). The Big Six Personality Traits and Mental Distress: Dynamic Modeling in a Population Panel Study Reveals Bidirectional Relationships Involving Neuroticism, Extraversion, and Conscientiousness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(9), 1287-1302.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2020 Linhartová, P., Látalová, A., Barteček, R., ŠirÅček, J., Theiner, P., Ejova, A., . . . Kašpárek, T. (2020). Impulsivity in patients with borderline personality disorder: A comprehensive profile compared with healthy people and patients with ADHD. Psychological Medicine, 50(11), 1829-1838.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS9 Europe PMC5
    2019 Mazor, Y., Prott, G., Jones, M., Kellow, J., Ejova, A., & Malcolm, A. (2019). Anorectal physiology in health: A randomized trial to determine the optimum catheter for the balloon expulsion test. Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 31(4), e13552.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS29 Europe PMC17
    2019 Stronge, S., Mok, T., Ejova, A., Lee, C., Zubielevitch, E., Yogeeswaran, K., . . . Sibley, C. G. (2019). Social media use is (Weakly) related to psychological distress. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22(9), 604-609.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS6 Europe PMC5
    2018 Mazor, Y., Ejova, A., Andrews, A., Jones, M., Kellow, J., & Malcolm, A. (2018). Long-term outcome of anorectal biofeedback for treatment of fecal incontinence. Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 30(8), e13389.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC4
    2017 Almenara, C. A., Aimé, A., Maïano, C., Ejova, A., Guèvremont, G., Bournival, C., & Ricard, M. M. (2017). Weight stigmatization and disordered eating in obese women: The mediating effects of self-esteem and fear of negative appearance evaluation. Revue Europeene de Psychologie Appliquee, 67(3), 155-162.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17
    2016 Roberts, R. M., Ejova, A., Giallo, R., Strohm, K., & Lillie, M. E. (2016). Support group programme for siblings of children with special needs: predictors of improved emotional and behavioural functioning. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(21), 2063-2072.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS10 Europe PMC4
    2015 Roberts, R., Ejova, A., Giallo, R., Strohm, K., Lillie, M., & Fuss, B. (2015). A controlled trial of the SibworkS group program for siblings of children with special needs. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 43-44, 21-31.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18 Europe PMC6
    2015 Ejova, A., Delfabbro, P., & Navarro, D. (2015). Erroneous gambling-related beliefs as illusions of primary and secondary control: a confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(1), 133-160.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS19 Europe PMC4
    2014 Ejova, A. (2014). Awe: A direct pathway from extravagant displays to prosociality. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 28-29.
    2013 Ejova, A., Navarro, D., & Delfabbro, P. (2013). Success-slope effects on the illusion of control and on remembered success-frequency. Judgment and Decision Making, 8(4), 498-511.
    Scopus10 WoS7
    2012 King, D., Ejova, A., & Delfabbro, P. (2012). Illusory control, gambling, and video gaming: an investigation of regular gamblers and video game players. Journal of Gambling Studies (Online), 28(3), 421-435.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS33 Europe PMC10
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2023 Ejova, A., Searston, R., Stephens, R. G., & Semmler, C. (2023). Clear thinking in deep space: A guide by cognitive scientists. Center for Open Science.
    2019 Ejova, A. (2019). The illusion of control. In I. M. Church, & R. J. Hartman (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Psychology of Luck (1 ed., pp. 365-376). New York, USA: Routledge.
    DOI Scopus2
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2017 Gökaydin, D., & Ejova, A. (2017). Sequential effects in prediction. In CogSci 2017 - Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Computational Foundations of Cognition (pp. 397-402). London, UK: Cognitive Science Society.
    2011 Gerstenberg, T., Ejova, A., & Lagnado, D. A. (2011). Blame the Skilled. In Expanding the Space of Cognitive Science - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2011 (pp. 720-725).

School of Psychology research grant

Chief investigator

Amount: $8,000; Period: September-December 2020


Demonstrating the functions of awe in religious systems: empirical and computational approaches

Chief investigator

Recipient: Laboratory for Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA)

Funder: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Amount: €80,000; Period: January 2015 - January 2016


Impulsivity phenotypes and their clinical impact in neuropsychiatric disorders

Associate investigator

Recipients: Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University; Central European Institute of Technology

Funder: Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic

Amount: €200,000; Period: May 2015 - May 2019

Over the years, I have taught into undergraduate courses in:

  • statistics
  • reviewing and meta-analysis
  • perception and cognition
  • social psychology, and
  • health psychology 

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