Department of Psychology

Dr Andrew Cooper

Position held:
Senior Lecturer

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Room 200/4 Whitehead Building,
Department of Psychology,
Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE14 6NW

Summary of research

Personality and emotion states; emotion regulation; psychometrics and scale development; decision-making; addictive behaviours.

Academic qualifications



Programme Director for the MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology and Health Services

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Areas of supervision

I am happy to consider projects for undergraduate and postgraduate supervision in the following broad areas:

  • extraversion, positive emotion states and subjective well-being
  • extraversion and approach motivation for reward
  • personality and mood state effects on decision-making and problem-solving
  • neural indices associated with reward processing and anhedonia
  • risk and resilience factors in the onset and development of adolescent substance
  • the role of positive and negative urgency traits in alcohol and cannabis use.

Research interests

My research largely focuses on understanding how variation in key personality traits is underpinned by emotional and motivational states, and the neural systems that potentially regulate these processes.

Most recently, this research has focused on how individual differences in extraversion relate to the experience of positive affective states and approach to rewarding stimuli, and how the links between these processes are underpinned by dopaminergic processes in the brain.

Related to this research, I am also interested in the role that impulsivity-related personality traits and emotional states play in decision-making and risk-taking broadly, and in the context of substance use and gambling more specifically.

Lastly, my work in these areas has often involved the development and testing of psychometric instruments, and so I am interested in the application of statistical techniques, such as Item Response Theory, in the development and testing of measurement tools in personality and clinical research. 

Selected publications

Number of items: 40.


Reuter, Martin, Cooper, Andrew, Smillie, Luke D., Markett, Sebastian and Montag, Christian. 2015. A new measure for the revised reinforcement sensitivity theory: Psychometric criteria and genetic validation. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9, pp. 1-12. ISSN 1662-5137 [Article]

Montag, Christian, Felten, Andrea, Markett, Sebastian, Fischer, Luise, Winkel, Katja, Cooper, Andrew and Reuter, Martin. 2014. The role of the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism in individual differences in long-term memory capacity. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 54(4), pp. 796-802. ISSN 0895-8696 [Article]

Brown, Gary, Hawkes, Nick, Cooper, Andrew, Solveig, Jonsdottir and Tata, Philip. 2014. The Anxiety Attitude and Belief Scale-2: Development, measurement model, and initial validity. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, pp. 1-11. ISSN 1063-3995 [Article] (In Press)

Ho, Paul, Cooper, Andrew, Hall, Phillip and Smillie, Luke. 2014. Factor structure and construct validity of the Temporal Experience of Pleasure Scales. Journal of Personality Assessment, pp. 1-9. ISSN 0022-3891 [Article]

Stautz, Kaidy and Cooper, Andrew. 2014. Trait urgency and substance use decision making in adolescents and young adults: The role of socio-affective factors. Personality and Individual Differences, pp. 1-6. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article] (In Press)

Stautz, Kaidy and Cooper, Andrew. 2014. Personality correlates of susceptibility to peer influence in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 37(4), pp. 401-405. ISSN 0140-1971 [Article]

Tadić, Valerija, Cooper, Andrew, Cumberland, Phillippa, Lewando-Hundt, Gillian and Rahi, Jugnoo. 2013. Development of the Functional Vision Questionnaire for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment: The FVQ_CYP. Ophthalmology, 120(12), pp. 2725-2732. ISSN 0161-6420 [Article]

Pickering, Alan, Cooper, Andrew, Smillie, Luke and Corr, Philip. 2013. On the shoulders of giants. The Psychologist, 26(1), pp. 22-25. ISSN 0952-8229 [Article]

Smillie, Luke, Geaney, Joachim, Wilt, Joshua, Cooper, Andrew and Revelle, William. 2013. Aspects of extraversion are unrelated to pleasant affective reactivity: Further examination of the Affective Reactivity Hypothesis. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, pp. 580-587. ISSN 0092-6566 [Article]

Stautz, Kaidy and Cooper, Andrew. 2013. Impulsivity-related personality traits and adolescent alcohol use: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(4), pp. 574-592. ISSN 0272-7358 [Article]

Cella, Matteo, Dymond, Simon, Cooper, Andrew and Turnbull, Oliver. 2012. Cognitive decision modelling of emotion-based learning impairment in schizophrenia: The role of awareness. Psychiatry Research, 196, pp. 15-19. ISSN 0165-1781 [Article]

Smillie, Luke D., Cooper, Andrew, Wilt, Joshua and Revelle, William. 2012. Do Extraverts Get More Bang for the Buck? Refining the Affective-Reactivity Hypothesis of Extraversion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103(2), pp. 306-326. ISSN 0022-3514 [Article]

Smillie, Luke D., Cooper, Andrew and Pickering, Alan. 2011. Individual differences in reward-prediction-error: extraversion and feedback-related negativity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6(5), pp. 646-652. ISSN 1749-5016 [Article]

Smillie, Luke D., Cooper, Andrew, Tharp, Ian and Pelling, Emma L.. 2010. Individual differences in cognitive control: the role of psychoticism and working memory in set-shifting. British Journal of Psychology, 100(4), pp. 629-643. ISSN 00071269 [Article]

Cooper, Andrew and Petrides, K. V.. 2010. A psychometric analysis of the trait emotional intelligence questionnaire-short form (TEIQue-SF) using item response theory. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92(5), pp. 449-457. ISSN 0022-3891 [Article]

Cella, Matteo, Dymond, Simon and Cooper, Andrew. 2010. Impaired flexible decision-making in Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 123(1-2), pp. 207-210. ISSN 0165-0327 [Article]

Perkins, Adam, Cooper, Andrew, Abdellal, Maura, Smillie, Luke D. and Corr, Philip. 2010. Personality and defensive reactions: fear, trait anxiety and threat magnification. Journal Of Personality, 78(3), pp. 1071-1090. [Article]

Dymond, Simon, Cella, Matteo, Cooper, Andrew and Turnbull, Oliver. 2010. The contingency-shifting variant Iowa Gambling Task: an investigation with young adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32(3), pp. 239-248. ISSN 1380-3395 [Article]

Smillie, Luke D., Cooper, Andrew, Proitsi, Petroula, Powell, John F. and Pickering, Alan. 2010. Variation in DRD2 dopamine gene predicts extraverted personality. Neuroscience Letters, 468(3), pp. 234-237. ISSN 03043940 [Article]

Cooper, Andrew, Smillie, Luke D. and Corr, Philip J.. 2010. A confirmatory factor analysis of the Mini-IPIP five-factor model personality scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(5), pp. 688-691. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

Cella, Matteo, Dymond, Simon and Cooper, Andrew. 2009. Impairment in flexible emotion-based learning in hallucination- and delusion-prone individuals. Psychiatry Research, 170(1), pp. 70-74. ISSN 01651781 [Article]

Cella, Matteo, Cooper, Andrew, Dymond, Simon and Reed, Phil. 2008. The relationship between dysphoria and proneness to hallucination and delusions among young adults. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49(6), pp. 544-550. ISSN 0010440X [Article]

Cooper, Andrew and Gomez, Rapson. 2008. The development of a short form of the sensitivity to punishment and sensitivity to reward questionnaire. Journal of Individual Differences, 29(2), pp. 90-104. ISSN 1614-0001 [Article]

Cooper, Andrew, Gomez, Rapson and Buck, Emily. 2008. The relationships between the BIS and BAS, anger and responses to anger. Personality and Individual Differences, 44(2), pp. 403-413. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

Cooper, Andrew, Smillie, Luke D. and Jackson, Chris J.. 2008. A trait conceptualization of reward-reactivity. Journal of Individual Differences, 29(3), pp. 168-180. ISSN 1614-0001 [Article]

Cooper, Andrew, Gomez, Rapson and Aucote, Helen. 2007. The Behavioural Inhibition System and Behavioural Approach System (BIS/BAS) scales: measurement and structural invariance across adults and adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 43(2), pp. 295-305. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

Cella, Matteo, Dymond, Simon, Cooper, Andrew and Turnbull, Oliver. 2007. Effects of decision-phase time constraints on emotion-based learning in the Iowa Gambling Task. Brain and Cognition, 64(2), pp. 164-169. ISSN 02782626 [Article]

Cooper, Andrew. 2007. Delay discounting and problem gambling. Analysis of Gambling Behaviour, 1(1), pp. 21-22. [Article]

Cooper, Andrew, Perkins, Adam M. and Corr, Philip J.. 2007. A confirmatory factor analytic study of anxiety, fear, and Behavioral Inhibition System measures. Journal of Individual Differences, 28(4), pp. 179-187. ISSN 1614-0001 [Article]

Gomez, Rapson, Cooper, Andrew and Gomez, Andre. 2005. An item response theory analysis of the Carver and White (1994) BIS/BAS Scales. Personality and Individual Differences, 39(6), pp. 1093-1103. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

Gomez, Rapson, Cooper, Andrew, McOrmond, Rhonda and Tatlow, Sara. 2004. Gray's reinforcement sensitivity theory: comparing the separable and joint subsystems. Hypotheses in the predictions of pleasant and unpleasant emotional information processing. Personality and Individual Differences, 37(2), p. 289. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

Richards, Jeffrey C. , Cooper, Andrew and Winkelman, John H.. 2003. Interoceptive accuracy in nonclinical panic. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 27(4), pp. 447-461. ISSN 01475916 [Article]

Gomez, Rapson, Gomez, Andre and Cooper, Andrew. 2002. Neuroticism and extraversion as predictors of negative and positive emotional information processing: comparing Eysenck's, Gray's, and Newman's theories. European Journal of Personality, 16(5), pp. 333-350. ISSN 0890-2070 [Article]

Gomez, Rapson, Cooper, Andrew and Gomez, Andre. 2000. Susceptibility to positive and negative mood states: test of Eysenck’s, Gray’s and Newman’s theories. Personality and Individual Differences, 29(2), pp. 351-365. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

Book Section

Gomez, Rapson and Cooper, Andrew. 2008. Reinforcement sensitivity theory and mood induction studies. In: Philip J. Corr, ed. The reinforcement sensitivity theory of personality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 291-316. ISBN 9780521617369 [Book Section]

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