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Professor Alan Pickering

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PositionProfessor of Psychology
Department Psychology
Email a.pickering (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7894
Professor Alan Pickering

Summary of research

  • Biological bases of personality traits and their influence on cognitive and motivational processes;
  • related psychopathologies (anxiety, addiction, schizophrenia);
  • dopamine and behaviour;
  • computational models of learning and cognitive control;
  • statistical methods in psychology.

Academic qualifications

 BA PhD

Teaching

Advanced Statistics (3rd year BSc Psychology; MSc Occupational Psychology; MRes Reseach Methods in Psychology;  MPhil/PhD Research training).

 

Areas of supervision

Practical projects for BSc and MSc students are those which seek to investigate how aspects of motivated learning (eg under the control of small rewards and/or punishments), cognitive control, or probabilistic reasoning, relate to biologically-based personality traits (such as extraversion, impulsivity, anxiety, schizotypy) and/or indirect markers of brain dopaminergic functioning (e.g. eyeblink rate). I am particularly interested in students who want to explore how the ideas emerging from formal computational models might be tested in these studies although students need not have any programming skills in order to do these projects.

For PhDs there is the opportunity to explore a wider range of convergent methods to address these research topics: EEG and neuroimaging; the influence of specific genotypes; looking at behaviours in relevant psychopathologies (addiction, schizophrenia).

I am particularly keen on PhD students with computational skills and/or interest in modelling; such students will extend the computational models of the processes of interest and test their predictions. Prior programming experience is an advantage here but is not necessary as training can be provided.

Keynote lectures

  • Pickering, A.D. (September, 2011). The psychobiology of major personality dimensions: From genetics to computational models. Opening keynote address to the 1st Meeting of the Latin-American Association for the Investigation of Individual Differences. Castellon, Spain.
  • Pickering, A.D. (July, 2011). Recruiting neuroscience to sharpen personality research. Keynote address presented at the 2nd Annual Conference of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences. London.

Conferences

(*presenting author)

Pickering, A.D.*, Dawkins, L., & Powell, J.H. (July, 2011). Personality makes the difference: The value of including individual differences variables when studying the psychopharmacology of addiction. Paper presented at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID). London.

Pickering, A.D.* & Tharp, I.J. (April, 2010). Understanding factors influencing the choices made by impulsive sensation seeking people: A cognitive neuroscience approach. Paper presented at the inaugural meeting of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences, Edinburgh.

Pickering, A. D.*, Tharp, I.J., & Pesola, F. (July, 2009). Why Complex Biocognitive Theories of Personality Need to Adopt Formal Modelling Approaches. Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID), Chicago, USA. (and co-chaired the Symposium of which this paper was part.)

Tharp I. J.*, Pickering A. D., Smillie L. D., & Cooper A. J. (July, 2009). Individual differences in cognitive control during attentional and rule-based set-shifting. Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID), Chicago, USA.

Pickering, A.*, Pesola, F., & Tharp, I. (July, 2008). Building bottom-up cognitive neuroscience models of personality. Paper presented at the 14th European Conference on Personality. Tartu, Estonia.

Pickering, A* & Pesola, F. (April, 2008) Reward prediction errors and reinforcement sensitivity theory: A neurobiological account. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Association, Dublin.

Publications

Book Section

Implicit and Explicit Effects of Music on Brand Perception in TV Ads
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Davies, Christopher; Dossman, Lauri; Hansen, Jon Ludvig and Pickering, Alan. 2013. Implicit and Explicit Effects of Music on Brand Perception in TV Ads. In: C Ringe; K Bronner and R Hirt, eds. Audio Branding Academy Yearbook 2012/2013. Hamburg: Audio Branding Academy, pp. 139-153. ISBN 9783832978785

Five Into One Doesn’t Go: A Critique of the General Factor of Personality
Ferguson, Eamonn; Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas; Pickering, Alan and Weiss, Alexander. 2011. Five Into One Doesn’t Go: A Critique of the General Factor of Personality. In: Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic ; Sophie von Stumm and Adrian Furnham, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences. London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3438-8

The behavioural activation system: Challenges and opportunities
Pickering, Alan and Smillie, Luke D.. 2008. The behavioural activation system: Challenges and opportunities. In: Philip J. Corr, ed. The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 120-153. ISBN 9780521617369

Formal and computational models of Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory
Pickering, Alan. 2008. Formal and computational models of Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory. In: Philip J. Corr, ed. The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 453-480. ISBN 9780521617369

J.A.Gray's reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST) of personality
Pickering, Alan and Corr, Philip. 2008. J.A.Gray's reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST) of personality. In: Gregory Boyle; Gerald Matthews and Donald Saklofske, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Personality: Theory and Assessment Personality Measurement and Testing (Volume 2). London, New Delhi and Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp. 239-255. ISBN 9781412946520

The neuropsychology of impulsive antisocial sensation seeking personality traits: From dopamine to hippocampal function
Pickering, Alan. 2004. The neuropsychology of impulsive antisocial sensation seeking personality traits: From dopamine to hippocampal function. In: Robert M. Stelmack, ed. On the psychobiology of personality : essays in honor of Marvin Zuckerman. Amsterdam: Boston, MA: Elsevier, pp. 455-478. ISBN 9780080442099

Dopamine, appetitive reinforcement, and the neuropsychology of human learning: An individual differences approach
Pickering, Alan and Gray, JA. 2001. Dopamine, appetitive reinforcement, and the neuropsychology of human learning: An individual differences approach. In: , ed. Advances in Research on Temperament. Germany: PABST Science Publishers Lengerich,, Germany, pp. 113-149. ISBN 3-936142-07-6

Individual differences in reactions to reinforcing stimuli are neither black nor white: To what extent are they Gray?
Pickering, Alan; Corr, Philip J; Powell, Jane H; Kumari, Veena; Thornton, Jasper C and Gray, Jeffrey A. 1997. Individual differences in reactions to reinforcing stimuli are neither black nor white: To what extent are they Gray? In: Helmuth Nyborg, ed. The scientific study of human nature : tribute to Hans J. Eysenck at eighty. Oxford; New York: Elsevier Science, pp. 36-67. ISBN 9780585474496

Conditioning and learning
Pickering, Alan. 1997. Conditioning and learning. In: Andrew Baum, ed. Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health, and Medicine. Cambridge, UK; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, pp. 12-17. ISBN 9780521430739

The flexibility of implicit memory: An exploration using discrimination learning
Pickering, Alan. 1994. The flexibility of implicit memory: An exploration using discrimination learning. In: M Jane Riddoch and Glyn W. Humphreys, eds. Cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation. Hove, UK: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Ltd, pp. 549-569. ISBN 9780863772917

Article

Rare” Emotive Faces and Attentional Orienting
Kuhn, Gustav; Pickering, Alan and Cole, Geoff G.. 2015. Rare” Emotive Faces and Attentional Orienting. Emotion, ISSN 1528-3542 (In Press)

Modeling dopaminergic and other processes involved in learning from reward prediction error: contributions from an individual differences perspective
Pickering, Alan and Pesola, Francesca. 2014. Modeling dopaminergic and other processes involved in learning from reward prediction error: contributions from an individual differences perspective. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , 8, pp. 1-20. ISSN 1662-5161

Individual differences in reward prediction error: Contrasting relations between feedback-related negativity and trait measures of reward sensitivity, impulsivity and extraversion
Cooper, Andrew; Duke, Eilish; Pickering, Alan and Smillie, Luke D.. 2014. Individual differences in reward prediction error: Contrasting relations between feedback-related negativity and trait measures of reward sensitivity, impulsivity and extraversion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, pp. 1-11. ISSN 1662-5161

The electrophysiological time course of somatosensory spatial remapping: vision of the hands modulates effects of posture on somatosensory evoked potentials.
Rigato, Silvia; Bremner, Andrew J.; Mason, Luke; Pickering, Alan; Davis, Robert and Van Velzen, Jose L.. 2013. The electrophysiological time course of somatosensory spatial remapping: vision of the hands modulates effects of posture on somatosensory evoked potentials. European Journal of Neuroscience, 38(6), pp. 2884-2892. ISSN 0953-816X

Measuring Belief in Conspiracy Theories: The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale
Brotherton, Robert; French, Christopher C. and Pickering, Alan. 2013. Measuring Belief in Conspiracy Theories: The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(279), pp. 1-15.

On the shoulders of giants
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

A facial expression for anxiety.
Perkins, Adam M; Inchley-Mort, Sophie L; Pickering, Alan; Corr, Philip J and Burgess, Adrian P. 2012. A facial expression for anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(5), pp. 910-924. ISSN 0022-3514

Aspects of cognitive functioning in schizotypy and schizophrenia: Evidence for a continuum model
Cochrane, Mary; Petch, Ian and Pickering, Alan. 2012. Aspects of cognitive functioning in schizotypy and schizophrenia: Evidence for a continuum model. Psychiatry Research, 196(2/3), pp. 230-234. ISSN 0165-1781

Individual differences in reward-prediction-error: extraversion and feedback-related negativity
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

Erratum to: Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors
Powell, Jane H.; Dawkins, Lynne; West, Robert; Powell, John and Pickering, Alan. 2011. Erratum to: Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors. Psychopharmacology, 215(3), p. 607. ISSN 0033-3158

Individual differences in cognitive-flexibility: The influence of spontaneous eyeblink rate, trait psychoticism and working memory on attentional set-shifting
Tharp, Ian J. and Pickering, Alan. 2011. Individual differences in cognitive-flexibility: The influence of spontaneous eyeblink rate, trait psychoticism and working memory on attentional set-shifting. Brain and Cognition, 75(2), pp. 119-125.

Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: Clinical, cognitive, and motivational predictors
Powell, Jane H.; Dawkins, Lynne; Pickering, Alan; West, Robert and Powell, John F.. 2010. Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: Clinical, cognitive, and motivational predictors. Psychopharmacology, pp. 1-13. ISSN 0033-3158

Stop! In the Name of Conflict: Breaking into the Heart of Behavioural Inhibition?
Pickering, Alan. 2010. Stop! In the Name of Conflict: Breaking into the Heart of Behavioural Inhibition? European Journal of Personality, 24(5), ISSN 0890-2070

Do measures of schizotypal personality provide non-clinical analogues of schizophrenic symptomatology?
Cochrane, Mary; Petch, Ian and Pickering, Alan. 2010. Do measures of schizotypal personality provide non-clinical analogues of schizophrenic symptomatology? Psychiatry Research, 176(2), pp. 150-154. ISSN 0165-1781

Variation in DRD2 dopamine gene predicts extraverted personality
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

Do measures of schizotypal personality provide non-clinical analogues of schizophrenic symptomatology?
Cochrane, Mary; Petch, Ian and Pickering, Alan. 2010. Do measures of schizotypal personality provide non-clinical analogues of schizophrenic symptomatology? Psychiatry Research, 176(2-3), pp. 150-154.

Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors
Powell, Jane H.; Dawkins, Lynne; West, Robert; Powell, John and Pickering, Alan. 2010. Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors. Psychopharmacology, 212(4), pp. 537-549. ISSN 0033-3158

A note on DeCaro, Thomas, and Beilock (2008): Further data demonstrate complexities in the assessment of information–integration category learning
Tharp, Ian J. and Pickering, Alan. 2009. A note on DeCaro, Thomas, and Beilock (2008): Further data demonstrate complexities in the assessment of information–integration category learning. Cognition, 111(3), pp. 410-414. ISSN 0010-0277

Patterns of change in withdrawal symptoms, desire to smoke, reward motivation and response inhibition across 3 months of smoking abstinence
Dawkins, Lynne; Powell, Jane H.; Pickering, Alan; Powell, John F. and West, Robert. 2009. Patterns of change in withdrawal symptoms, desire to smoke, reward motivation and response inhibition across 3 months of smoking abstinence. Addiction, 104(5), pp. 850-858. ISSN 0965-2140

Associations between schizotypal personality traits and the facilitation and inhibition of the speed of contextually cued responses
Steel, Craig; Hemsley, David R and Pickering, Alan. 2007. Associations between schizotypal personality traits and the facilitation and inhibition of the speed of contextually cued responses. Psychiatry research, 150(2), pp. 131-140. ISSN 0165-1781

A double-blind placebo-controlled experimental study of nicotine: II-Effects on response inhibition and executive functioning.
Powell, Jane H.; Dawkins, Lynne; Pickering, Alan and West, Robert. 2007. A double-blind placebo-controlled experimental study of nicotine: II-Effects on response inhibition and executive functioning. Psychopharmacology, 190(4), pp. 457-468. ISSN 00333158

Associations between schizotypal personality traits and the facilitation and inhibition of the speed of contextually cued responses
Steel, Craig; Hemsley, David and Pickering, Alan. 2007. Associations between schizotypal personality traits and the facilitation and inhibition of the speed of contextually cued responses. Psychiatry Research, 150(2), pp. 131-141. ISSN 01651781

A double-blind placebo controlled experimental study of nicotine: I - effects on incentive motivation.
Pickering, Alan; Dawkins, Lynne; Powell, Jane H. and West, Robert. 2006. A double-blind placebo controlled experimental study of nicotine: I - effects on incentive motivation. Psychopharmacology, 189(3), pp. 355-367. ISSN 00333158

The new reinforcement sensitivity theory: Implications for personality measurement
Smillie, Luke D.; Pickering, Alan and Jackson, Chris J.. 2006. The new reinforcement sensitivity theory: Implications for personality measurement. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10(4), pp. 320-335. ISSN 10888683

Cross-species differences in color categorization
Pickering, Alan; Davidoff, Jules B.; Fagot, J. and Goldstein, J.. 2006. Cross-species differences in color categorization. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 13(2), pp. 275-280. ISSN 10699384

Women's expectations and experience of birth
Ayers, S and Pickering, Alan. 2005. Women's expectations and experience of birth. Psychology and Health, 20(1), pp. 79-92. ISSN 0887-0446

The influence of schizotypal personality on measures of executive function in healthy individuals
Cochrane, M and Pickering, Alan. 2004. The influence of schizotypal personality on measures of executive function in healthy individuals. Schizophrenia Research, 67(1), pp. 243-244. ISSN 0920-9964

Cognitive and psychological correlates of smoking abstinence, and predictors of successful cessation
Powell, Jane H.; Pickering, Alan; Dawkins, Lynne; West, Robert and Powell, John F.. 2004. Cognitive and psychological correlates of smoking abstinence, and predictors of successful cessation. Addictive Behaviors, 29(7), pp. 1407-1426. ISSN 03064603

Disrupting feedback processing interferes with rule-based but not information-integration category learning
Maddox, W Todd; Ashby, F Gregory; Ing, A David and Pickering, Alan. 2004. Disrupting feedback processing interferes with rule-based but not information-integration category learning. Memory & Cognition, 32(4), pp. 582-591. ISSN 0090-502X

Delinquency and accidents in children
Junger, Marianne; West, Robert; Maassen, Gerard; Train, Helen; Pickering, Alan; Taylor, Eric and West, Anne. 2004. Delinquency and accidents in children. The ADHD Report, 12(3), pp. 6-15. ISSN 1065-8025

Characteristics of eyewitness identification that predict the outcome of real lineups.
Valentine, Tim ; Darling, S. and Pickering, Alan. 2003. Characteristics of eyewitness identification that predict the outcome of real lineups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17(8), pp. 969-993. ISSN 08884080

The effect of amphetamine on Kamin blocking and overshadowing
O'Tuathaigh, CMP; Salum, C; Young, AMJ; Pickering, Alan; Joseph, MH and Moran, PM. 2003. The effect of amphetamine on Kamin blocking and overshadowing. Behavioural Pharmacology, 14(4), pp. 315-322. ISSN 0955-8810

The partial reinforcement extinction effect in humans: Effects of schizophrenia, schizotypy and low doses of amphetamine
Pickering, Alan; Hemsley, D.; Gray, N. and Gray, J.. 2002. The partial reinforcement extinction effect in humans: Effects of schizophrenia, schizotypy and low doses of amphetamine. Behavioural Brain Research, 133(2), pp. 333-342. ISSN 01664328

Distractor cueing effects on choice reaction time and their relationship with schizotypal personality
Steel, C; Hemsley, DR and Pickering, Alan. 2002. Distractor cueing effects on choice reaction time and their relationship with schizotypal personality. British journal of clinical psychology, 41(2), pp. 143-156. ISSN 0144-6657

Perceptual organization deficits in psychotic patients
Peters, Emmanuelle R; Nunn, Julia A; Pickering, Alan and Hemsley, David R. 2002. Perceptual organization deficits in psychotic patients. Psychiatry Research, 110(2), pp. 125-135. ISSN 0165-1781

The effect of aerobic training on rehabilitation outcomes after recent severe brain injury: A randomized controlled evaluation
Bateman, Andrew; Culpan, Jane; Pickering, Alan; Powell, Jane H.; Scott, Oona and Greenwood, Richard. 2001. The effect of aerobic training on rehabilitation outcomes after recent severe brain injury: A randomized controlled evaluation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82(2), pp. 174-182. ISSN 00039993

Do women get posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of childbirth? A prospective study of incidence
Ayers, Susan and Pickering, Alan. 2001. Do women get posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of childbirth? A prospective study of incidence. Birth, 28(2), pp. 111-118. ISSN 0730-7659

Neuroimaging correlates of negative priming
Steel, C; Haworth, EJ; Peters, E; Hemsley, DR; Sharma, T; Gray, JA; Pickering, Alan; Gregory, L; Simmons, A; Bullmore, ET and Williams, SCR. 2001. Neuroimaging correlates of negative priming. Neuroreport, 12(16), p. 3619. ISSN 0959-4965

The differential effects of chlorpromazine and haloperidol on latent inhibition in healthy volunteers
McCartan, Denise; Bell, Robert; Green, Jonathan F; Campbell, Clarke; Trimble, Karen; Pickering, Alan and King, David J. 2001. The differential effects of chlorpromazine and haloperidol on latent inhibition in healthy volunteers. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 15(2), pp. 96-104. ISSN 0269-8811

Dynamic thresholds for controlling encoding and retrieval operations in localist (or distributed) neural networks: The need for biologically plausible implementations
Pickering, Alan. 2000. Dynamic thresholds for controlling encoding and retrieval operations in localist (or distributed) neural networks: The need for biologically plausible implementations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23(04), pp. 488-489. ISSN 0140-525X

The relationship between cognitive inhibition and psychotic symptoms.
Peters, Emmanuelle R; Pickering, Alan; Kent, Andrew; Glasper, Anthony; Irani, Mondana; David, Anthony S; Day, Samantha and Hemsley, David R. 2000. The relationship between cognitive inhibition and psychotic symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109(3), p. 386. ISSN 0021-843X

Accidents and problem behaviour
West, Robert; Train, Helen; Junger, Marianne; West, Anne and Pickering, Alan. 1999. Accidents and problem behaviour. The Psychologist, 12(8), pp. 395-397. ISSN 0952-8229

Personality correlates of the dopaminergic facilitation of incentive motivation: Impulsive sensation seeking rather than extraversion?
Pickering, Alan. 1999. Personality correlates of the dopaminergic facilitation of incentive motivation: Impulsive sensation seeking rather than extraversion? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22(03), pp. 534-535. ISSN 0140-525X

The neuroscience of personality
Pickering, Alan and Gray, Jeffrey A. 1999. The neuroscience of personality. Handbook of personality: Theory and research, 2, pp. 277-299.

Hippocampal involvement in spatial and working memory: a structural MRI analysis of patients with unilateral mesial temporal lobe sclerosis
Abrahams, Sharon; Morris, RG; Polkey, CE; Jarosz, JM; Cox, TCS; Graves, M and Pickering, Alan. 1999. Hippocampal involvement in spatial and working memory: a structural MRI analysis of patients with unilateral mesial temporal lobe sclerosis. Brain and Cognition, 41(1), pp. 39-65. ISSN 0278-2626

Interactions and reinforcement sensitivity theory: A theoretical analysis of Rusting and Larsen (1997)
Pickering, Alan; Corr, PJ and Gray, JA. 1999. Interactions and reinforcement sensitivity theory: A theoretical analysis of Rusting and Larsen (1997). Personality and Individual Differences, 26(2), pp. 357-365. ISSN 0191-8869)

Striatal dopamine in attentional learning: a computational model
Salum, Cristiane; Roque da Silva, Antônio and Pickering, Alan. 1999. Striatal dopamine in attentional learning: a computational model. Neurocomputing, 26, pp. 845-854. ISSN 0925-2312

The neural bases of recollection and familiarity: Preliminary tests of the Aggleton--Brown mode
Pickering, Alan. 1999. The neural bases of recollection and familiarity: Preliminary tests of the Aggleton--Brown mode. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22(03), pp. 465-466. ISSN 0140-525X

Personality, punishment, and procedural learning: a test of J. A. Gray's anxiety theory.
Corr, Philip J; Pickering, Alan and Gray, Jeffrey A. 1997. Personality, punishment, and procedural learning: a test of J. A. Gray's anxiety theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73(2), pp. 337-344. ISSN 0022-3514

Kamin blocking is not disrupted by amphetamine in human subjects
Gray, NS; Pickering, Alan; Gray, JA; Jones, Steven H; Abrahams, S and Hemsley, DR. 1997. Kamin blocking is not disrupted by amphetamine in human subjects. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 11(4), pp. 301-311. ISSN 0269-8811

The conceptual nervous system and personality: From Pavlov to neural networks
Pickering, Alan. 1997. The conceptual nervous system and personality: From Pavlov to neural networks. European Psychologist, 2(2), pp. 139-163. ISSN 1016-9040

Relation between cognitive dysfunction and pseudobulbar palsy in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Abrahams, S; Goldstein, LH; Al-Chalabi, A; Pickering, Alan; Morris, RG; Passingham, RE; Brooks, DJ and Leigh, PN. 1997. Relation between cognitive dysfunction and pseudobulbar palsy in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 62(5), pp. 464-472. ISSN 0022-3050

Psychological factors and ultrasound: differences between routine and high-risk scans
Ayers, S and Pickering, Alan. 1997. Psychological factors and ultrasound: differences between routine and high-risk scans. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 9(2), pp. 76-79. ISSN 0960-7692

Spatial memory deficits in patients with unilateral damage to the right hippocampal formation
Abrahams, S; Pickering, Alan; Polkey, CE and Morris, RG. 1997. Spatial memory deficits in patients with unilateral damage to the right hippocampal formation. Neuropsychologia, 35(1), pp. 11-24. ISSN 0028-3932

New approaches to the study of amnesic patients: what can a neurofunctional philosophy and neural network methods offer?
Pickering, Alan. 1997. New approaches to the study of amnesic patients: what can a neurofunctional philosophy and neural network methods offer? Memory, 5(1-2), pp. 255-300. ISSN 0965-8211

El uso del reforzamiento verbal en la teoría de Gray: Un estudio piloto
Pickering, Alan; Hernaiz, H and Gray, JA. 1997. El uso del reforzamiento verbal en la teoría de Gray: Un estudio piloto. Revista de psicología general y aplicada: Revista de la Federación Española de Asociaciones de Psicología, 50(1), pp. 61-71. ISSN 0373-2002

Mood disorder and chronic hypercalcemia
White, REB; Pickering, Alan and Spathis, GS. 1996. Mood disorder and chronic hypercalcemia. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 41(4), pp. 343-347. ISSN 0022-3999

Increased schizotypy scores in normal subjects following the oral administration of d-amphetamine
Gray, NS; Pickering, Alan and Gray, JA. 1996. Increased schizotypy scores in normal subjects following the oral administration of d-amphetamine. Schizophrenia Research, 18(2), p. 119. ISSN 0920-9964

Use of neural networks in brain SPECT to diagnose Alzheimer's disease
Page, Michael PA; Howard, Robert J; O'Brien, John T; Burtonthomas, MS and Pickering, Alan. 1996. Use of neural networks in brain SPECT to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 37(2), pp. 195-200. ISSN 0161-5505

Attentional bias in obsessional compulsive disorder
Tata, Philip R; Leibowitz, Judy A; Prunty, Mark J; Cameron, Mary and Pickering, Alan. 1996. Attentional bias in obsessional compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 34(1), pp. 53-60. ISSN 0005-7967

Space and the hippocampal formation in humans.
Morris, Robin G; Pickering, Alan; Abrahams, Sharon and Feigenbaum, Janet D. 1996. Space and the hippocampal formation in humans. Brain Research Bulletin, 40(5), pp. 487-490. ISSN 0361-9230

Personality and reinforcement in associative and instrumental learning
Corr, Philip J; Pickering, Alan and Gray, Jeffrey A. 1995. Personality and reinforcement in associative and instrumental learning. Personality and Individual Differences, 19(1), pp. 47-71. ISSN 0191-8869

Sociability/impulsivity and caffeine-induced arousal: Critical flicker/fusion frequency and procedural learning
Corr, Philip J; Pickering, Alan and Gray, Jeffrey A. 1995. Sociability/impulsivity and caffeine-induced arousal: Critical flicker/fusion frequency and procedural learning. Personality and Individual Differences, 18(6), pp. 713-730. ISSN 0191-8869

Personality and reinforcement: An exploration using a maze-learning task
Pickering, Alan; Díaz, Amelia and Gray, Jeffrey A. 1995. Personality and reinforcement: An exploration using a maze-learning task. Personality and Individual Differences, 18(4), pp. 541-558. ISSN 0191-8869

Psychoticism and dopamine D2 binding in the basal ganglia using single photon emission tomography
Gray, Nicola S; Pickering, Alan and Gray, Jeffrey A. 1994. Psychoticism and dopamine D2 binding in the basal ganglia using single photon emission tomography. Personality and Individual Differences, 17(3), pp. 431-434. ISSN 0191-8869

"Cognitive inhibition" and positive symptomatology in schizotypy
Peters, Emmanuelle R; Pickering, Alan and Hemsley, David R. 1994. "Cognitive inhibition" and positive symptomatology in schizotypy. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 33(1), pp. 33-48. ISSN 0144-6657

Lack of cognitive recovery following withdrawal from long-term benzodiazepine use
Tata, Philip R; Rollings, J; Collins, M; Pickering, Alan and Jacobson, RR. 1994. Lack of cognitive recovery following withdrawal from long-term benzodiazepine use. Psychological Medicine, 24(01), pp. 203-213. ISSN 0033-2917

Gestalt Processing and Psychotic Symptoms
Peters, ER; Pickering, Alan and Hemsley, DR. 1994. Gestalt Processing and Psychotic Symptoms. Schizophrenia Research, 11(2), p. 157.

The relationship between Gray's and Eysenck's personality spaces
D\'\iaz , Amelia and Pickering, Alan. 1993. The relationship between Gray's and Eysenck's personality spaces. Personality and Individual Differences, 15(3), pp. 297-305. ISSN 0191-8869

Schizophrenia: In context or in the garbage can?
Pickering, Alan. 1993. Schizophrenia: In context or in the garbage can? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 16(1), pp. 205-206. ISSN 0140-525X

The hippocampus and space: are we flogging a dead (sea-) horse?
Pickering, Alan. 1993. The hippocampus and space: are we flogging a dead (sea-) horse? Hippocampus, 3(1), pp. 113-114. ISSN 1050-9631

The effects of anti-hypertensive medication on learning and memory
Powell, Jane H.; Pickering, Alan; Wyke, Maria and Goggin, T. 1993. The effects of anti-hypertensive medication on learning and memory. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 35(2), pp. 105-113. ISSN 0306-5251

Abolition of latent inhibition by a single 5 mg dose ofd-amphetamine in man
Gray, NS; Pickering, Alan; Hemsley, DR; Dawling, S and Gray, JA. 1992. Abolition of latent inhibition by a single 5 mg dose ofd-amphetamine in man. Psychopharmacology, 107(2), pp. 425-430. ISSN 0033-3158

Korsakoff amnesics are poor at judging the sequence of two tones
Meudell, Peter R; Mayes, Andrew R; MacDonald, C; Pickering, Alan and Fairbairn, Andrew F. 1991. Korsakoff amnesics are poor at judging the sequence of two tones. Cortex, 27(3), pp. 431-439. ISSN 0010-9452

Indirect measures of memory in a duration-judgement task are normal in amnesic patients
Paller, Ken A; Mayes, Andrew R; McDermott, Mark; Pickering, Alan and Meudell, Peter R. 1991. Indirect measures of memory in a duration-judgement task are normal in amnesic patients. Neuropsychologia, 29(10), pp. 1007-1018. ISSN 0028-3932

Performance on tests sensitive to frontal lobe lesions by patients with organic amnesia: Leng & Parkin revisited
Shoqeirat, Mohammed A; Mayes, Andrew; MacDonald, Christopher; Meudell, Peter and Pickering, Alan. 1990. Performance on tests sensitive to frontal lobe lesions by patients with organic amnesia: Leng & Parkin revisited. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 29(4), pp. 401-408. ISSN 0144-6657

Amnesia and memory for modality information
Pickering, Alan; Mayes, Andrew R and Fairbairn, Andrew F. 1989. Amnesia and memory for modality information. Neuropsychologia, 27(10), pp. 1249-1259. ISSN 0028-3932

Why are amnesic judgements of recency and frequency made in a qualitatively different way from those of normal people?
Mayes, A. R.; Baddeley, A. D.; Cockburn, J.; Meudell, P R.; Pickering, Alan and Wilson, B.. 1989. Why are amnesic judgements of recency and frequency made in a qualitatively different way from those of normal people? Cortex, 25(3), pp. 479-488. ISSN 0010-9452

Location of lesions in Korsakoff's syndrome: neuropsychological and neuropathological data on two patients.
Mayes, Andrew R; Meudell, Peter R; Mann, David and Pickering, Alan. 1988. Location of lesions in Korsakoff's syndrome: neuropsychological and neuropathological data on two patients. Cortex, 24(3), pp. 367-388. ISSN 0010-9452

Priming Tasks in Normal Subjects: What Do They Reveal About Amnesia?
Pickering, Alan; Mayes, AR and Shoqeirat, M. 1988. Priming Tasks in Normal Subjects: What Do They Reveal About Amnesia? Practical Aspects of Memory: Clinical and educational implications, 2,

Amnesic sensitivity to proactive interference: Its relationship to priming and the causes of amnesia
Mayes, Andrew R; Pickering, Alan and Fairbairn, Andrew. 1987. Amnesic sensitivity to proactive interference: Its relationship to priming and the causes of amnesia. Neuropsychologia, 25(1), pp. 211-220. ISSN 0028-3932

Recency and frequency judgements in alcoholic amnesics and normal people with poor memory.
Meudell, PR; Mayes, AR; Ostergaard, A and Pickering, Alan. 1985. Recency and frequency judgements in alcoholic amnesics and normal people with poor memory. Cortex, 21(4), pp. 487-511. ISSN 0010-9452

Is organic amnesia caused by a selective deficit in remembering contextual information?
Mayes, AR; Meudell, PR and Pickering, Alan. 1985. Is organic amnesia caused by a selective deficit in remembering contextual information? Cortex, 21(2), pp. 167-202. ISSN 0010-9452

Report

Review of treatments for severe personality disorder
Warren, Fiona; Preedy-Fayers, Katherine; McGauley, Gill; Pickering, Alan; Geddes, Kingsley Norton John R and Dolan, Bridget. 2003. Review of treatments for severe personality disorder. Other. Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.

Childhood accidents and their relationship with problem behaviour
Junger, M; West, R; Train, H; Pickering, Alan; Taylor, E and West, A. 1998. Childhood accidents and their relationship with problem behaviour. Technical Report. Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London.

Thesis

Does amnesia arise from a specific deficit in memory for contextual information
Pickering, Alan. 1987. Does amnesia arise from a specific deficit in memory for contextual information. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research

My research is focused on the way certain brain systems (particularly those which are modulated by the neurotransmitter dopamine) deliver behaviours such as learning (particularly under reward or punishment) and cognitive control. These interests are investigated via convergent methods: by exploring how biologically-based personality traits (such as extraversion, impulsivity, anxiety, schizotypy) may reflect or influence these processes; by investigating relevant behaviours in individuals with conditions such as schizophrenia and addiction; by neuroimaging to study the brain location and timing of the cognitive and motivational components of interest; and by creating formal computational models that will ultimately allow better tests of the hypotheses proposed.