Anastasia Ejova

Anastasia Ejova

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

My research interests are in three converging topic areas: 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 "higher powers" on the other. My experience in studying functional somatic syndromes, which are often comorbid with anxiety, 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
    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 Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    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.e5.
    DOI Scopus1
    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 Scopus6 WoS6
    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.
    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.
    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 Scopus2 WoS2
    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 Scopus3 Europe PMC1
    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 Scopus9 Europe PMC8
    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 Scopus4 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus10
    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 Scopus11
    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 Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC2
    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 Scopus17 WoS15 Europe PMC3
    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.
    Scopus8 WoS6
    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 Scopus25 WoS28 Europe PMC8
    Ejova, A., Badcock, N. A., McKerchar, S., Beath, A. P., Swift, C., Talley, N. J., . . . Jones, M. (n.d.). Electroencephalographic evidence of unconscious and conscious attentional bias in people with functional gastrointestinal disorders: A pilot study.

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
  • perception and cognition
  • social psychology, and
  • health psychology 

I am currently involved in writing courses on reviews, meta-analysis and research skills for the School's fully online offerings.

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