Head of School
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Elaine Fox is Professor of Psychology and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. A leader in research on the role of cognitive mechanisms in mental health across the lifespan, Professor Fox's work focuses on the nature of human emotions and why people respond differently to adversity and success.
Professor Fox studied neuroscience and psychology at University College Dublin and remained there as a research associate until 1988. Following a five-year lecturing appointment at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, Professor Fox returned to the University College Dublin as a Senior Lecturer for one year, before moving to the University of Essex, where she remained until 2013. In 2000, Professor Fox was made Professor of Cognitive Psychology & Brain Science, and in 2007 was elected Head of the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Brain Science for a four-year term.
In 2013, Professor Fox was appointed Professor of Psychology and Affective Science at the University of Oxford where she founded and directed the Oxford Centre for Emotions & Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN) with funding from an ERC Advanced Investigator Award. She was also elected to a Fellowship of University College, one of Oxford's oldest colleges. The OCEAN group integrated molecular genetics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience to deepen our understanding of human resilience. Under the leadership of Professor Fox, the OCEAN lab group has conducted seminal work revealing that biases in our attention, interpretation and memory can shape both psychological functioning generally as well as how we respond to stressful life events such as illness and challenging work environments. Professor Fox has used this mechanistic understanding to develop cognitive training interventions that aim to improve the way people cope with stress and mental health issues across their lives.
In October 2019, Professor Fox was appointed the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) Mental Health Networks Impact and Engagement Coordinator. In this capacity, she has facilitated engagement between eight UKRI-funded mental health networks, to progress research themes such as inequalities in accessing care, social isolation, student mental health and the value of local communities. In February 2022, Professor Fox moved to the University of Adelaide in South Australia to take up the role of Head of School of Psychology.
To date, Professor Fox has published over 120 academic papers in peer-reviewed journals or edited volumes, 5 technical reports on commissioned research, one major monograph/textbook Emotion Science (2008) and a popular science book, 'Rainy Brain Sunny Brain' (2012). Her new book, Switchcraft: How Mental Agility Can Transform Your Life will be published in May 2022.
Professor Fox is interested in the nature of human emotions and why people differ so much from each other in how they react to similar environmental situations. A current research focus of hers is cognitive and affective flexibility and how these fundamental mechanisms affect psychological health and wellbeing.
In a recently completed programme of research led by Professor Fox and funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award - The CogBIAS project - the cognitive and genetic mechanisms that underpin why some people flourish and others struggle were investigated. In a longitudinal study with over 500 Oxfordshire adolescents, Professor Fox and her team found that certain combinations of subtle cognitive biases are linked to emotional vulnerability on the one hand, and resilience and mental wellbeing on the other. They also found that certain 'polygenic risk scores' can affect the sensitivity with which people pick up emotional cues from the environment.
In her recently appointed role as Mental Health Networks Impact and Public Engagement Coordinator for the UK Department of Research and Innovation (UKRI), Professor Fox has commenced working with eight mental health networks to change the mental health research landscape. With a coordination team from the McPin Foundation, Mental Elf, and Sixth Sense Media, Professor Fox is working with the networks to ensure that mental health research includes multidisciplinary teams, including people with expertise from lived experience of mental health problems, to help generate a new mental health science that genuinely makes a difference to people's lives.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Professor of Psychology & Head of School University of Adelaide 2019 - 2022 National Impact & Public Engagement Co-ordinator UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 2013 - 2022 Professor of Psychology & Affective Neuroscience University of Oxford 2013 - 2022 Director University of Oxford 2005 - 2007 Visiting Senior Scientist University of Cambridge 2003 - 2013 Professor of Psychology University of Essex 1994 - 2000 Senior Lecturer in Psychology University of Essex 1993 - 1994 College Lecturer in Psychology University College Dublin 1988 - 1993 Lecturer in Psychology Victoria University of Wellington 1984 - 1988 Research Assistant St. James's Hospital
Date Institution name Country Title 1984 - 1988 University College Dublin Ireland PhD in Experimental Psychology 1980 - 1983 University College Dublin Ireland Single Honours Degree in Experimental Psychology
Year Citation 2022 Grol, M., Cásedas, L., Oomen, D., Spronk, D. B., & Fox, E. (2022). Uncontrolled eating in healthy women has limited influence on food cue reactivity and food-related inhibitory control. Appetite, 168, 105767-1-105767-13.
2022 Minihan, S., Songco, A., Andrews, J., Grunewald, K., Werner-Seidler, A., Blakemore, S. -J., . . . Schweizer, S. (2022). Development of a gamified cognitive training app “Social Brain Train” to enhance adolescent mental health: a participatory design study protocol. Wellcome Open Research, 7, 21-1-21-12.
2022 Parsons, S., Todorovic, A., Lim, M. C., Songco, A., & Fox, E. (2022). Data and Protocol for the Oxford Achieving Resilience During COVID-19 (ARC) Study. Journal of Open Psychology Data, 10(4), 1-11.
2022 Todorovic, A., Parsons, S., Chapple, L., Taylor, A., & Fox, E. (2022). Lower, not higher, trait anxiety leads to switch cost asymmetry on neutral tasks: a replication and extension of Gustavson et al., 2017..
2022 Booth, C., Songco, A., Parsons, S., & Fox, E. (2022). Cognitive mechanisms predicting resilient functioning in adolescence: Evidence from the CogBIAS longitudinal study. Development and Psychopathology, 34(1), 345-353.
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2022 Gunschera, L., Verschuere, B., Murphy, R., Temple-McCune, A., Dutton, K., & Fox, E. (2022). No Impaired Integration in Psychopathy: Evidence from an Illusory Conjunction Paradigm.
2022 Tipura, E., Souto, D., & Fox, E. (2022). Trait anxious people take longer to search for happy faces in the presence of neutral and fearful distractors.
2022 Minihan, S., Songco, A., Fox, E., Ladouceur, C., Mewton, L., Moulds, M. L., . . . Schweizer, S. (2022). The Role of Emotion Regulatory Processes in Mental Health Across the Lifespan During a Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
2021 Lim, M. C., Parsons, S., Goglio, A., & Fox, E. (2021). Anxiety, stress, and binge eating tendencies in adolescence: a prospective approach. Journal of Eating Disorders, 9(1), 1-16.
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2021 Fox, E. (2021). Why mental health research matters: a commentary on ‘shared goals for mental health research: what, why and when for the 2020s’. Journal of Mental Health, 1.
2021 Parsons, S., Songco, A., Booth, C., & Fox, E. (2021). Emotional information-processing correlates of positive mental health in adolescence: a network analysis approach. Cognition and Emotion, 35(5), 956-969.
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2021 Jones, E. B., Sharpe, L., Andrews, S., Colagiuri, B., Dudeney, J., Fox, E., . . . Vervoort, T. (2021). The time course of attentional biases in pain: a meta-analysis of eye-tracking studies. Pain, 162(3), 687-701.
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2021 Tipura, E., & Fox, E. (2021). Neural mechanisms of eye gaze processing as a function of emotional expression and working memory load. Neuroscience Letters, 742, 1-6.
2021 Twivy, E., Grol, M., & Fox, E. (2021). Individual differences in affective flexibility predict future anxiety and worry. Cognition and Emotion, 35(2), 425-434.
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2020 Songco, A., Booth, C., Spiegler, O., Parsons, S., & Fox, E. (2020). Anxiety and Depressive Symptom Trajectories in Adolescence and the Co-Occurring Development of Cognitive Biases: Evidence from the CogBIAS Longitudinal Study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 48(12), 1617-1633.
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2020 Songco, A., Hudson, J. L., & Fox, E. (2020). A Cognitive Model of Pathological Worry in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 23(2), 229-249.
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2020 Herbert, M., Notebaert, L., Parsons, S., Fox, E., & MacLeod, C. (2020). The effect of varying danger controllability on attention to threat messages. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 34(2), 425-433.
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2020 Notebaert, L., Georgiades, J. V., Herbert, M., Grafton, B., Parsons, S., Fox, E., & MacLeod, C. (2020). Trait anxiety and the alignment of attentional bias with controllability of danger. Psychological Research, 84(3), 743-756.
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2020 Davis, K. A. S., Coleman, J. R. I., Adams, M., Allen, N., Breen, G., Cullen, B., . . . Hotopf, M. (2020). Mental health in UK Biobank - development, implementation and results from an online questionnaire completed by 157 366 participants: a reanalysis. BJPSYCH OPEN, 6(2), 8 pages.
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2019 DeJong, H., Fox, E., & Stein, A. (2019). Does rumination mediate the relationship between attentional control and symptoms of depression?. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 63, 28-35.
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2019 Dear, K., Dutton, K., & Fox, E. (2019). Do ‘watching eyes’ influence antisocial behavior? A systematic review & meta-analysis. Evolution and Human Behavior, 40(3), 269-280.
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2019 Davis, K. A. S., Coleman, J. R. I., Adams, M., Allen, N., Breen, G., Cullen, B., . . . Hotopf, M. (2019). Retraction: Mental health in UK Biobank: Development, implementation and results from an online questionnaire completed by 157 366 participants (BJPsych Open 4:3 (83-90) DOI: 10.1192/bjo.2018.12). BJPsych Open, 5(4), 1 page.
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2019 Greven, C. U., Lionetti, F., Booth, C., Aron, E. N., Fox, E., Schendan, H. E., . . . Homberg, J. (2019). Sensory Processing Sensitivity in the context of Environmental Sensitivity: A critical review and development of research agenda. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 98, 287-305.
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2019 Booth, C., Songco, A., Parsons, S., Heathcote, L. C., & Fox, E. (2019). The CogBIAS longitudinal study of adolescence: cohort profile and stability and change in measures across three waves. BMC Psychology, 7(1), 20 pages.
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2019 Kruijt, A. W., Parsons, S., & Fox, E. (2019). A meta-analysis of bias at baseline in RCTs of attention bias modification: No evidence for dot-probe bias towards threat in clinical anxiety and PTSD. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128(6), 563-573.
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2019 Figueroa, C. A., DeJong, H., Mocking, R. J. T., Fox, E., Rive, M. M., Schene, A. H., . . . Ruhé, H. G. (2019). Attentional control, rumination and recurrence of depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 256, 364-372.
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2019 Davis, K., Coleman, J., Adams, M., Allen, N., Breen, G., Cullen, B., . . . Hotopf, M. (2019). Mental Health in UK Biobank Revised – development, implementation and results from an online questionnaire completed by 157,366 participants.
2019 Parsons, S., Kruijt, A. -W., & Fox, E. (2019). Psychological Science Needs a Standard Practice of Reporting the Reliability of Cognitive-Behavioral Measurements. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 2(4), 378-395.
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2018 Kruijt, A. -W., Parsons, S., & Fox, E. (2018). A meta-analysis of bias at baseline in RCTs of attention bias modification: no evidence for dot-probe bias towards threat in clinical anxiety and PTSD..
2018 Greven, C., Lionetti, F., Booth, C., Aron, E., Fox, E., Schendan, H., . . . Homberg, J. (2018). Sensory Processing Sensitivity in the Context of Environmental Sensitivity: A Critical Review and Development of Research Agenda. Preprints.
2018 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Russo, R., & Fox, E. (2018). Symptom presentation in idiopathic environmental intolerance with attribution to electromagnetic fields: Evidence for a Nocebo effect based on data re-analyzed from two previous provocation studies. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(AUG), 16 pages.
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2018 Davis, K. A. S., Coleman, J. R. I., Adams, M., Allen, N., Breen, G., Cullen, B., . . . Hotopf, M. (2018). Corrigendum: Mental health in UK Biobank: Development, implementation and results from an online questionnaire completed by 157 366 participants (BJPsych Open (2018) 4:3 (83-90) DOI: 10.1192/bjo.2018.12). BJPsych Open, 4(5), 352-353.
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2018 Davis, K. A. S., Coleman, J. R. I., Adams, M., Allen, N., Breen, G., Cullen, B., . . . Hotopf, M. (2018). Corrigendum: Mental health in UK Biobank: Development, implementation and results from an online questionnaire completed by 157 366 participants (BJPsych Open (2018) 4:3 (83-90) DOI: 10.1192/bjo.2018.12). BJPsych Open, 4(3), 136.
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2018 Oomen, D., Grol, M., Spronk, D., Booth, C., & Fox, E. (2018). Beating uncontrolled eating: Training inhibitory control to reduce food intake and food cue sensitivity. Appetite, 131, 73-83.
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2018 Grafton, B., MacLeod, C., Rudaizky, D., Salemink, E., Fox, E., & Notebaert, L. (2018). Authors' reply. British Journal of Psychiatry, 212(4), 246-247.
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2018 Heathcote, L. C., Jacobs, K., Van Ryckeghem, D. M. L., Fisher, E., Eccleston, C., Fox, E., & Lau, J. Y. F. (2018). Attention bias modification training for adolescents with chronic pain: A randomized placebo-controlled trial. Pain, 159(2), 239-251.
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2018 Grol, M., Schwenzfeier, A. K., Stricker, J., Booth, C., Temple-McCune, A., Derakshan, N., . . . Fox, E. (2018). The worrying mind in control: An investigation of adaptive working memory training and cognitive bias modification in worry-prone individuals. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 103, 1-11.
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2018 Davis, K. A. S., Coleman, J. R. I., Adams, M., Allen, N., Breen, G., Cullen, B., . . . Hotopf, M. (2018). RETRACTED - Mental health in UK Biobank: Development, implementation and results from an online questionnaire completed by 157 366 participants. BJPsych Open, 4(3), 83-90.
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2018 Hotton, M., Derakshan, N., & Fox, E. (2018). A randomised controlled trial investigating the benefits of adaptive working memory training for working memory capacity and attentional control in high worriers. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 100, 67-77.
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2018 Booth, C., Spronk, D., Grol, M., & Fox, E. (2018). Uncontrolled eating in adolescents: The role of impulsivity and automatic approach bias for food. Appetite, 120, 636-643.
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2018 Yiend, J., Barnicot, K., Williams, M., & Fox, E. (2018). The influence of positive and negative affect on emotional attention. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 61, 80-86.
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2018 Fox, E. (2018). Perspectives from affective science on understanding the nature of emotion.. Brain and neuroscience advances, 2, 2398212818812628.
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2017 Grafton, B., MacLeod, C., Rudaizky, D., Holmes, E. A., Salemink, E., Fox, E., & Notebaert, L. (2017). Confusing procedures with process when appraising the impact of cognitive bias modification on emotional vulnerability. British Journal of Psychiatry, 211(5), 266-271.
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2017 Heathcote, L. C., Jacobs, K., Eccleston, C., Fox, E., & Lau, J. Y. F. (2017). Biased interpretations of ambiguous bodily threat information in adolescents with chronic pain. Pain, 158(3), 471-478.
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2017 Eguchi, A., Walters, D., Peerenboom, N., Dury, H., Fox, E., & Stringer, S. (2017). Understanding the neural basis of cognitive bias modification as a clinical treatment for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(3), 200-217.
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2017 Booth, C., Songco, A., Parsons, S., Heathcote, L., Vincent, J., Keers, R., & Fox, E. (2017). The CogBIAS longitudinal study protocol: Cognitive and genetic factors influencing psychological functioning in adolescence. BMC Psychology, 5(1), 41.
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2017 Heathcote, L. C., Lau, J. Y. F., Mueller, S. C., Eccleston, C., Fox, E., Bosmans, M., & Vervoort, T. (2017). Child attention to pain and pain tolerance are dependent upon anxiety and attention control: An eye-tracking study. European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom), 21(2), 250-263.
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2016 Fox, E., & Beevers, C. G. (2016). Differential sensitivity to the environment: Contribution of cognitive biases and genes to psychological wellbeing. Molecular Psychiatry, 21(12), 1657-1662.
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2016 DeJong, H., Fox, E., & Stein, A. (2016). Rumination and postnatal depression: A systematic review and a cognitive model. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 82, 38-49.
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2016 Parsons, S., Kruijt, A. W., & Fox, E. (2016). A Cognitive Model of Psychological Resilience. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3), 296-310.
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2016 Kruijt, A. W., Field, A. P., & Fox, E. (2016). Capturing dynamics of biased attention: Are new attention variability measures the way forward. PLoS ONE, 11(11), 22 pages.
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2016 Heathcote, L. C., Koopmans, M., Eccleston, C., Fox, E., Jacobs, K., Wilkinson, N., & Lau, J. Y. F. (2016). Negative Interpretation Bias and the Experience of Pain in Adolescents. Journal of Pain, 17(9), 972-981.
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2015 Crombez, G., Heathcote, L. C., & Fox, E. (2015). The puzzle of attentional bias to pain: Beyond attention. Pain, 156(9), 1581-1582.
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2015 Yiend, J., Mathews, A., Burns, T., Dutton, K., Fernández-Martín, A., Georgiou, G. A., . . . Fox, E. (2015). Mechanisms of Selective Attention in Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 3(5), 758-771.
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2015 Frings, C., Schneider, K. K., & Fox, E. (2015). The negative priming paradigm: An update and implications for selective attention. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22(6), 1577-1597.
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2015 Heathcote, L. C., Vervoort, T., Eccleston, C., Fox, E., Jacobs, K., Van Ryckeghem, D. M. L., & Lau, J. Y. F. (2015). The relationship between adolescents' pain catastrophizing and attention bias to pain faces is moderated by attention control. Pain, 156(7), 1334-1341.
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2015 Fox, E., Dutton, K., Yates, A., Georgiou, G. A., & Mouchlianitis, E. (2015). Attentional control and suppressing negative thought intrusions in pathological worry. Clinical Psychological Science, 3(4), 593-606.
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2015 Fox, E., Zougkou, K., Ashwin, C., & Cahill, S. (2015). Investigating the efficacy of attention bias modification in reducing high spider fear: The role of individual differences in initial bias. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 49(Pt A), 84-93.
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2015 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Russo, R., & Fox, E. (2015). Aggregated data from two double-blind base station provocation studies comparing individuals with idiopathic environmental intolerance with attribution to electromagnetic fields and controls. Bioelectromagnetics, 36(2), 96-107.
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2015 Booth, C., Standage, H., & Fox, E. (2015). Sensory-processing sensitivity moderates the association between childhood experiences and adult life satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 24-29.
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2014 Fox, E., Mackintosh, B., & Holmes, E. A. (2014). Travellers' tales in cognitive bias modification research: A commentary on the special issue. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38(2), 239-247.
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2014 Standage, H., Harris, J., & Fox, E. (2014). The influence of social comparison on cognitive bias modification and emotional vulnerability. Emotion, 14(1), 170-179.
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2012 Fox, E., Yates, A., & Ashwin, C. (2012). Trait anxiety and perceptual load as determinants of emotion processing in a fear conditioning paradigm.. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 12(2), 236-249.
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2012 Fox, E., & Standage, H. (2012). Variation on the serotonin transporter gene and bias in the interpretation of ambiguity. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24(1), 106-114.
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2012 Ashwin, C., Holas, P., Broadhurst, S., Kokoszka, A., Georgiou, G. A., & Fox, E. (2012). Enhanced anger superiority effect in generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(2), 329-336.
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2012 Wallace, D., Eltiti, S., Ridgewell, A., Garner, K., Russo, R., Sepulveda, F., . . . Fox, E. (2012). Cognitive and physiological responses in humans exposed to a TETRA base station signal in relation to perceived electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Bioelectromagnetics, 33(1), 23-39.
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2011 Fox, E., Zougkou, K., Ridgewell, A., & Garner, K. (2011). The serotonin transporter gene alters sensitivity to attention bias modification: Evidence for a plasticity gene. Biological Psychiatry, 70(11), 1049-1054.
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2010 Fox, E., Cahill, S., & Zougkou, K. (2010). Preconscious Processing Biases Predict Emotional Reactivity to Stress. Biological Psychiatry, 67(4), 371-377.
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2010 Standage, H., Ashwin, C., & Fox, E. (2010). Is manipulation of mood a critical component of cognitive bias modification procedures?. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(1), 4-10.
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2010 Wallace, D., Eltiti, S., Ridgewell, A., Garner, K., Russo, R., Sepulveda, F., . . . Fox, E. (2010). Do TETRA (Airwave) base station signals have a short-term impact on health and well-being? a randomized double-blind provocation study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(6), 735-741.
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2010 Ewbank, M. P., Fox, E., & Calder, A. J. (2010). The interaction between gaze and facial expression in the amygdala and extended amygdala is modulated by anxiety. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 11 pages.
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2010 Yates, A., Ashwin, C., & Fox, E. (2010). Does Emotion Processing Require Attention? The Effects of Fear Conditioning and Perceptual Load. Emotion, 10(6), 822-830.
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2009 Standage, H., Ashwin, C., & Fox, E. (2009). Comparing visual and auditory presentation for the modification of interpretation bias. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 40(4), 558-570.
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2009 Fox, E., Ridgewell, A., & Ashwin, C. (2009). Looking on the bright side: Biased attention and the human serotonin transporter gene. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1663), 1747-1751.
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2009 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Ridgewell, A., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Sepulveda, F., & Fox, E. (2009). Short-term exposure to mobile phone base station signals does not affect cognitive functioning or physiological measures in individuals who report sensitivity to electromagnetic fields and controls. Bioelectromagnetics, 30(7), 556-563.
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2009 Cinel, C., Russo, R., Fox, E., & Boldini, A. (2009). Response. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(1), 115-116.
2009 MacLeod, C., Koster, E. H. W., & Fox, E. (2009). Whither Cognitive Bias Modification Research? Commentary on the Special Section Articles. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118(1), 89-99.
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2009 Koster, E. H. W., Fox, E., & MacLeod, C. (2009). Introduction to the Special Section on Cognitive Bias Modification in Emotional Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118(1), 1-4.
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2008 Fox, E., Derakshan, N., & Shoker, L. (2008). Trait anxiety modulates the electrophysiological indices of rapid spatial orienting towards angry faces. NeuroReport, 19(3), 259-263.
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2008 Cinel, C., Russo, R., Boldini, A., & Fox, E. (2008). Exposure to mobile phone electromagnetic fields and subjective symptoms: A double-blind study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70(3), 345-348.
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2008 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Ridgewell, A., Russo, R., & Fox, E. (2008). Mobile phone base station: Eltiti et al. respond . Environmental Health Perspectives, 116(2), A64-A65.
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2008 Cinel, C., Boldini, A., Fox, E., & Russo, R. (2008). Does the use of mobile phones affect human short-term memory or attention?. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22(8), 1113-1125.
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2007 Cinel, C., Boldini, A., Russo, R., & Fox, E. (2007). Effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields on an auditory order threshold task. Bioelectromagnetics, 28(6), 493-496.
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2007 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Ridgewell, A., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Sepulveda, F., . . . Fox, E. (2007). Does short-term exposure to mobile phone base station signals increase symptoms in individuals who report sensitivity to electromagnetic fields? A double-blind randomized provocation study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(11), 1603-1608.
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2007 Fox, E., Mathews, A., Calder, A. J., & Yiend, J. (2007). Anxiety and Sensitivity to Gaze Direction in Emotionally Expressive Faces. Emotion, 7(3), 478-486.
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2007 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Joseph, S., Rasor, P., & Fox, E. (2007). Development and evaluation of the electromagnetic hypersensitivity questionnaire. Bioelectromagnetics, 28(2), 137-151.
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2007 Fox, E., Griggs, L., & Mouchlianitis, E. (2007). The Detection of Fear-Relevant Stimuli: Are Guns Noticed as Quickly as Snakes?. Emotion, 7(4), 691-696.
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2006 Russo, R., Whittuck, D., Roberson, D., Dutton, K., Georgiou, G., & Fox, E. (2006). Mood-congruent free recall bias in anxious individuals is not a consequence of response bias. Memory, 14(4), 393-399.
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2006 Russo, R., Fox, E., Cinel, C., Boldini, A., Defeyter, M. A., Mirshekar-Syahkal, D., & Mehta, A. (2006). Does acute exposure to mobile phones affect human attention?. Bioelectromagnetics, 27(3), 215-220.
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2006 Fox, E., & Damjanovic, L. (2006). The eyes are sufficient to produce a threat superiority effect. Emotion, 6(3), 534-539.
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2005 Fox, E., Russo, R., & Georgiou, G. A. (2005). Anxiety modulates the degree of attentive resources required to process emotional faces. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 5(4), 396-404.
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2005 Fox, E. (2005). The role of visual processes in modulating social interactions. Visual Cognition, 12(1), 1-11.
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2005 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., & Fox, E. (2005). Selective target processing: Perceptual load or distractor salience?. Perception and Psychophysics, 67(5), 876-885.
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2005 Georgiou, G. A., Bleakley, C., Hayward, J., Russo, R., Dutton, K., Eltiti, S., & Fox, E. (2005). Focusing on fear: Attentional disengagement from emotional faces. Visual Cognition, 12(1), 145-158.
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2003 Ortells, J. J., Fox, E., Noguera, C., & Abad, M. J. F. (2003). Repetition priming effects from attended vs. ignored single words in a semantic categorization task. Acta Psychologica, 114(2), 185-210.
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2003 Ortells, J. J., Daza, M. T., & Fox, E. (2003). Semantic activation in the absence of perceptual awareness. Perception and Psychophysics, 65(8), 1307-1317.
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2003 Mathews, A., Fox, E., Yiend, J., & Calder, A. (2003). The face of fear: Effects of eye gaze and emotion on visual attention. Visual Cognition, 10(7), 823-835.
DOI Scopus174 WoS162 Europe PMC92
2002 Gamboz, N., Russo, R., & Fox, E. (2002). Age differences and the identity negative priming effect: An updated meta-analysis. Psychology and Aging, 17(3), 525-531.
DOI Scopus54 WoS47 Europe PMC18
2002 Daza, M. T., Ortells, J. J., & Fox, E. (2002). Perception without awareness: Further evidence from a Stroop priming task. Perception and Psychophysics, 64(8), 1316-1324.
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2002 MacLeod, C. M., Chiappe, D. L., & Fox, E. (2002). The crucial roles of stimulus matching and stimulus identity in negative priming. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 9(3), 521-528.
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2002 Fox, E. (2002). Processing emotional facial expressions: The role of anxiety and awareness. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2(1), 52-63.
DOI Scopus248 WoS228 Europe PMC109
2002 Fox, E., Russo, R., & Dutton, K. (2002). Attentional bias for threat: Evidence for delayed disengagement from emotional faces. Cognition and Emotion, 16(3), 355-379.
DOI Scopus698 WoS658 Europe PMC311
2001 Fox, E., Russo, R., Bowles, R., & Dutton, K. (2001). Do threatening stimuli draw or hold visual attention in subclinical anxiety?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 130(4), 681-700.
DOI Scopus1139 WoS1058 Europe PMC538
2001 Fox, E., & De Fockert, J. W. (2001). Inhibitory Effects of Repeating Color and Shape: Inhibition of Return or Repetition Blindness?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 27(4), 798-812.
DOI Scopus51 WoS45 Europe PMC12
2001 Russo, R., Fox, E., Bellinger, L., & Nguyen-Van-Tam, D. P. (2001). Mood-congruent free recall bias in anxiety. COGNITION & EMOTION, 15(4), 419-433.
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2001 Russo, R., Fox, E., Bellinger, L., & Nguyen-Van-Tam, D. P. (2001). Mood-congruent free recall bias in anxiety. Cognition and Emotion, 15(4), 419-433.
2000 Lavie, N., & Fox, E. (2000). The role of perceptual load in negative priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26(3), 1038-1052.
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2000 Fox, E., Lester, V., Russo, R., Bowles, R. J., Pichler, A., & Dutton, K. (2000). Facial expressions of emotion: Are angry faces detected more efficiently?. Cognition and Emotion, 14(1), 61-92.
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2000 Gamboz, N., Russo, R., & Fox, E. (2000). Target selection difficulty, negative priming, and aging. Psychology and Aging, 15(3), 542-550.
DOI Scopus30 WoS25 Europe PMC10
1999 Russo, R., Fox, E., & Bowles, R. J. (1999). On the status of implicit memory bias in anxiety. Cognition and Emotion, 13(4), 435-456.
DOI Scopus30 WoS26 Europe PMC9
1998 Fox, E., & De Fockert, J. W. (1998). Negative priming depends on prime-probe similarity: Evidence for episodic retrieval. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 5(1), 107-113.
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1998 Fox, E. (1998). Perceptual grouping and visual selective attention. Perception and Psychophysics, 60(6), 1004-1021.
DOI Scopus27 WoS27 Europe PMC12
1996 Fox, E. (1996). Selective processing of threatening words in anxiety: The role of awareness. Cognition and Emotion, 10(5), 449-480.
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1996 Fox, E. (1996). Cross-language priming from ignored words: Evidence for a common representational system in bilinguals. Journal of Memory and Language, 35(3), 353-370.
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1995 Fox, E. (1995). Pre-cuing Target Location Reduces Interference but Not Negative Priming from Visual Distractors. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A, 48(1), 26-40.
DOI Scopus34 WoS29 Europe PMC10
1995 Fox, E. (1995). Negative priming from ignored distractors in visual selection: A review. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2(2), 145-173.
DOI Scopus404 WoS387 Europe PMC147
1994 Fox, E. (1994). Attentional Bias in Anxiety: A Defective Inhibition Hypothesis. Cognition and Emotion, 8(2), 165-195.
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1994 Fox, E. (1994). Interference and negative priming from ignored distractors: The role of selection difficulty. Perception & Psychophysics, 56(5), 565-574.
DOI Scopus60 WoS57 Europe PMC30
1994 Fox, E. (1994). Grapheme–phoneme correspondence in dyslexic and matched control readers. British Journal of Psychology, 85(1), 41-53.
DOI Scopus22 WoS19 Europe PMC10
1993 Fox, E., Mcdowall, J., Neale, T. J., Morrison, R. B. I., & Hatfield, P. J. (1993). Cognitive function and quality of life in end-stage renal failure. Renal Failure, 15(2), 211-214.
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1993 Fox, E. (1993). Allocation of visual attention and anxiety. Cognition and Emotion, 7(2), 207-215.
DOI Scopus150 WoS139 Europe PMC33
1993 Fox, E. (1993). Attentional bias in anxiety: Selective or not?. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 31(5), 487-493.
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1992 FOX, E. (1992). PREOPERATIVE ANXIETY AND REPRESSIVE COPING STYLE - A COMMENTARY. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 21(2), 62-66.
1992 Fox, E. (1992). Stimulus-response compatibility as a determinant of interference in a Stroop-like task. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 30(5), 377-380.
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1991 Fox, E., Peace, K., Neale, T. J., Morrison, R. B. I., Hatfield, P. J., & Mellsop, G. (1991). "quality of life" for patients with end-stage renal failure. Renal Failure, 13(1), 31-35.
DOI Scopus27 WoS23 Europe PMC14
1989 Fox, E., O'Boyle, C., Lennon, J., & Keeling, P. W. (1989). Trait anxiety and coping style as predictors of pre-operative anxiety.. The British journal of clinical psychology / the British Psychological Society, 28 ( Pt 1)(1), 89-90.
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1989 Fox, E., O'Boyle, C., Barry, H., & McCreary, C. (1989). Repressive coping style and anxiety in stressful dental surgery. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 62(4), 371-380.
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1988 O'Boyle, C. A., Barry, H., Fox, E., McCrear, C., & Bewley, A. (1988). Benzodiazepine-induced amnesia in different sensory modalities following oral surgery. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 25(5), P677-P678. 1988 O'boyle, C. A., Barry, H., Fox, E., Mccreary, C., & Bewley, A. (1988). Controlled comparison of a new sublingual lormetazepam formulation and I.V. diazepam in outpatient minor oral surgery. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 60(4), 419-425.
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1987 Fox, E., O'Boyle, C. A., & Lennon, J. (1987). Stress responses to two invasive medical investigations: Left‐sided colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy. Stress Medicine, 3(4), 301-305.
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1987 O'Boyle, C. A., Barry, H., Fox, E., Harris, D., & McCreary, C. (1987). Benzodiazepine - induced event amnesia following a stressful surgical procedure. Psychopharmacology, 91(2), 244-247.
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1987 O'boyle, C. A., Harris, D., Barry, H., Mccreary, C., Bewley, A., & Fox, E. (1987). Comparison of midazolam by mouth and diazepam I.V. in outpatient oral surgery. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 59(6), 746-754.
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- Parsons, S., Kruijt, A. -W., & Fox, E. (n.d.). Psychological Science needs a standard practice of reporting the reliability of cognitive behavioural measurements.
- Zavlis, O., Parsons, S., Fox, E., Booth, C., Songco, A., & Vincent, J. P. (n.d.). The effects of life experiences and polygenic risk for depression on the development of positive and negative cognitive biases across adolescence: The CogBIAS hypothesis.
Year Citation 2013 Fox, E. (2013). Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism. Random House. 2012 Fox, E. (2012). Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook. 2012 Fox, E. (2012). Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook. Basic Books. 2012 Fox, E. (2012). Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism. Random House. 2008 Fox, E. (2008). Emotion Science Cognitive and Neuroscientific Approaches to Understanding Human Emotions. Red Globe Press.
Year Citation 2019 Fox, E., & Keers, R. (2019). Bringing together cognitive and genetic approaches to the understanding of stress vulnerability and psychological well-being. In M. Neta, & I. J. Haas (Eds.), Emotion in the Mind and Body (Vol. 66, pp. 77-119). Switzerland: SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG.
2012 Fox, E., & Zougkou, K. (2012). Influence of Personality Traits on Processing of Facial Expressions. In Oxford Handbook of Face Perception. Oxford University Press.
2005 Fox, E., & Georgiou, G. A. (2005). The nature of attentional bias in human anxiety. In Cognitive limitations in Aging and Psychopathology (pp. 219-246). Cambridge University Press.
2004 Fox, E. (2004). Maintenance or capture of attention in anxiety-related biases?. In Cognition, Emotion and Psychopathology: Theoretical, Empirical and Clinical Directions (pp. 86-106). Cambridge University Press.
Year Citation 2019 Vincent, J., Booth, C., Songco, A., Parson, S., Kruijt, A. -W., Grol, M., . . . Fox, E. (2019). THE GENETICS OF COGNITIVE BIASES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. In EUROPEAN NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY Vol. 29 (pp. 1294). Glasgow, SCOTLAND: ELSEVIER.
2013 Fox, E. (2013). USING COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE COGNITIVE BIASES THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL WELL-BEING. In PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY Vol. 50 (pp. S21). Florence, ITALY: WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2012 Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Ridgewell, A., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Sepulveda, F., & Fox, E. (2012). BEHAVIORAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES DURING COGNITIVE TASKS NOT SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE NOCEBO EFFECT. In PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY Vol. 49 (pp. S118). New Orleans, LA: WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2011 Martin, R. M., Fox, E., & Cooper, N. R. (2011). DO PERSONALITY TRAITS INFLUENCE THE N2PC RESPONSE TO AFFECTIVE IMAGES?. In PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY Vol. 48 (pp. S94). Boston, MA: WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2011 Fox, E., Zougkou, K., Ridgewell, A., Garner, K., & Cahill, S. (2011). VARIATION ON THE SEROTONIN TRANSPORTER GENE MODULATES SENSITIVITY TO A COGNITIVE BIAS MODIFICATION INTERVENTION. In PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY Vol. 48 (pp. S12). Boston, MA: WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2011 Charalambous, A. -P., Fox, E., & Bindemann, M. (2011). THE TIME COURSE OF EYE-GAZE TOWARDS AFFECTIVE STIMULI OVER INTERVALS OF UP TO 12 SECONDS. In PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY Vol. 48 (pp. S108-S109). Boston, MA: WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2008 Wallace, D., Eltiti, S., Ridgewell, A., Garner, K., Russo, R., & Fox, E. (2008). Idiopathic environmental intolerance with attribution to electromagnetic fields: A grounded theory model of illness and coping. In PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH Vol. 23 (pp. 269). TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2007 Fox, E., Derakshan, N., & Shoker, L. (2007). High-anxious indviduals show enhanced P1 amplitudes upon disengagement from angry faces. In PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY Vol. 44 (pp. S24). Savannah, GA: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING. 2007 Fox, E., Derakshan, N., & Shoker, L. (2007). Attentional bias for threat in anxiety is revealed by the early N2PC component of attention. In PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY Vol. 44 (pp. S94). Savannah, GA: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING. 2000 Fox, E., Russo, R., & Dutton, K. (2000). Do angry facial expressions capture visual attention?. In JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE (pp. 78). M I T PRESS. 1996 Fox, E. (1996). An investigation of episodic retrieval processes in negative priming. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 31 (pp. 2093). PSYCHOLOGY PRESS. 1992 FOX, E. (1992). CUE-RESPONSE COMPATIBILITY AFFECTS THE ABILITY TO IGNORE IRRELEVANT INFORMATION. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 27 (pp. 30). PSYCHOLOGY PRESS.
Grants - Principal Investigator
|Date/s||Project and Grant Details||Funding Awarded|
|2019-2023||Why Mental Health Research Matters: Coordinating an Impact and Engagement Programme for UKRI funded Mental Health Networks. UKRI.||£561,000|
|2018-2021||Understanding Repetitive Negative Thinking as a Pathway to Building Resilience in Young People. Economic & Social Research Council Project Grant.||£582,000|
|2018-2021||The Cognitive Correlates of Psychopathic Personality Traits (with Prof Robin Murphy, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK). The British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grant.||£9,975|
|2015-2017||Reducing worry in high worriers using adaptive cognitive training: an investigation into benefits on working memory capacity and inhibitory control (with Prof Nazinin Derakshan, Birkbeck College London, UK). The British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grant.||£10,000|
|2013-2019||Cognitive Biases – Windows into the Mechanisms underlying Emotional Vulnerability and Resilience [CogBIAS]. European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award.||£2.2 million|
|2012-2013||Do attentional and interpretative biases interact or work independently in vulnerability to emotional distress? (with Dr Bundy Mackintosh, University of Essex, UK). Economic & Social Research Council Project Grant.||£98,000|
|2011-2012||The Modulation of Emotional Reactivity by Olfaction. Givaudan UK Ltd.||£44,000|
|2005-2009||The Attentional Basis of Emotional Vulnerability. Wellcome Trust Project Grant.||£166,000|
|2007-2009||Hypersensitivity Symptoms Associated with Electromagnetic Field Exposure to TETRA basestations. Department of Health, MTHR Programme Project Grant.||£348,000|
|2004-2007||Hypersensitivity Symptoms Associated with Electromagnetic Field Exposure. Department of Health, MTHR Programme Project Grant.||£585,000|
|2001-2004||Cognitive Biases in Clinical and Non-clinical Anxiety. Wellcome Trust Project Grant.||£162,000|
Role of Intention in Selective Attention (with Dr Juan Jose Ortells, University of Almeria, Spain). British Council Grant.
|1996-1999||Cognitive Bias in Anxiety. Wellcome Trust Project Grant.||£68,000|
|1995-1996||Attentional and Cognitive biases in People with Clinical Anxiety Disorders. Wellcome Trust Project Grant.||£32,000|
Grants - Co-Investigator
|Date/s||Project and Grant Details||Funding Awarded|
|2020-2023||Improving Emotion Regulation with a Gamified Cognitive Training Program to Prevent Emotional Disorders in Adolescence. (CIA: Dr Susanne Schweizer, University of NSW). NHMRC 2019 Ideas Grant (GNT 1184136).||AUD$432,000|
|2002-2005||The Cognitive Effects of Mobile Phone Use. Department of Health, MTHR Programme Project Grant||£280,000|
I have taught a wide range of courses in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Affective Science, Experimental Psychopathology, Psychophysiology, and Psychopharmacology, in a number of Universities around the world: University College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, University of Essex, and the University of Oxford. My classes have varied from small group tutorials of 2-3 individuals up to lecturing to large numbers of students (600 +) on mainstream courses.
I have also taught at the postgraduate level, and directly set up and taught a post-graduate MSc course in Affective Science and Psychopathology at the University of Essex. I established a course on 'How to Get Published' for PhD students in every discipline at the University of Essex and have presented the following workshops:
- What a Reviewer Looks For
- What an Editor Looks For
- How to Get Funded in the Biomedical Sciences
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2020 - ongoing Board Member Scientific Board, Centre for Society & Mental Health King’s College London United Kingdom
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Member Publications Committee Association of Psychological Science (APS) United Kingdom 2018 - 2019 Member Social Sciences and Humanities Panel European Research Council (ERC) Belgium 2011 - 2012 Member Scientific Organizing Committee, 2011 Annual Conference Society for Psychophysiology Research United States 2010 - 2013 Member Sir Henry Wellcome Postgraduate Fellowship Awards Review Panel Wellcome Trust United Kingdom 2010 - 2012 Member Research Seminars Competition Review Panel ESRC United Kingdom 2003 - 2005 Member Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). European Commission Luxembourg
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2014 - 2024 UK Biobank Steering Group on Mental Health Health services and related United Kingdom 2005 - 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) Scientific Advisory Group, The Potential Health Effects of Emerging and New Technologies Health services and related Switzerland
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2019 - 2026 Board Member Affective Science Society for Affective Science (SAS) United Kingdom 2014 - 2021 Board Member Clinical Psychological Science Association for Psychological Science (APS) United States 2013 - 2019 Board Member Emotion American Psychological Association (APA) United States 2012 - 2017 Board Member Cognition and Emotion Routledge United Kingdom 2010 - 2015 Consulting Editor Psychology of Wellbeing Springer United Kingdom 2007 - 2012 Consulting Editor Emotion American Psychological Association United States 2000 - 2015 Consulting Editor Psicologica: International Journal of Methodology and Experimental Psychology University of Valencia, Spain Spain 1996 - 2001 Associate Editor Cognition and Emotion Routledge United Kingdom
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Plenary Address: Cognitive Aspects of Emotional Vulnerability and Resilience Annual Conference, Society for Pediatric Psychology Division 54 of the American Psychological Association United States 2020 - ongoing Keynote Address International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS) Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva Switzerland 2020 - ongoing Keynote Address: The role of individual differences in affective flexibility in worry and anxiety Reading Emotions 2020: Emotional and Cognitive Flexibility University of Reading United Kingdom 2018 - ongoing The contribution of cognitive biases and genes to psychological wellbeing ESCAN meeting in Leiden European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) - 2018 - ongoing The Contribution of Cognitive Biases and Genes to Psychological Wellbeing Nebraska Symposium on Motivation University of Nebraska–Lincoln United States
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