Saunders, Blair



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I graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2010 with a MA in Psychology. I then completed my graduate studies working with Ines Jentzsch in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. After completing my PhD in cognitive neuroscience I became a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto with Michael Inzlicht. During my postdoctoral years I was also a visiting scholar at the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. I started as a Lecturer in the Division of Psychology, School of Social Sciences in September 2017.  


My research focuses on the psychology and neuroscience of self-regulation. I explore how people overcome set-backs, conflicts, and unwanted impulses in favour of both short and long term goals. To answer these questions I draw evidence from a range of methodological approaches, including behaviour, phenomenology, and psychophysiological signals arising from both the central and peripheral nervous system. 




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  • Biological Psychology (Level 3)


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  • Pooling resources to enhance rigour in psychophysiological research: Insights from open science approaches to meta-analysis

    Saunders, B. & Inzlicht, M., Apr 2021, In: International Journal of Psychophysiology. 162, p. 112-120 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • To which world regions does the valence–dominance model of social perception apply?

    Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., Flake, J. K., Liuzza, M. T., Antfolk, J., Arinze, N. C., Ndukaihe, I. L. G., Bloxsom, N. G., Lewis, S. C., Foroni, F., Willis, M. L., Cubillas, C. P., Vadillo, M. A., Turiegano, E., Gilead, M., Simchon, A., Saribay, S. A., Owsley, N. C., Jang, C., Mburu, G. & 221 others, Calvillo, D. P., Wlodarczyk, A., Qi, Y., Ariyabuddhiphongs, K., Jarukasemthawee, S., Manley, H., Suavansri, P., Taephant, N., Stolier, R. M., Evans, T. R., Bonick, J., Lindemans, J. W., Ashworth, L. F., Hahn, A. C., Chevallier, C., Kapucu, A., Karaaslan, A., Leongómez, J. D., Sánchez, O. R., Valderrama, E., Vásquez-Amézquita, M., Hajdu, N., Aczel, B., Szecsi, P., Andreychik, M., Musser, E. D., Batres, C., Hu, C. P., Liu, Q. L., Legate, N., Vaughn, L. A., Barzykowski, K., Golik, K., Schmid, I., Stieger, S., Artner, R., Mues, C., Vanpaemel, W., Jiang, Z., Wu, Q., Marcu, G. M., Stephen, I. D., Lu, J. G., Philipp, M. C., Arnal, J. D., Hehman, E., Xie, S. Y., Chopik, W. J., Seehuus, M., Azouaghe, S., Belhaj, A., Elouafa, J., Wilson, J. P., Kruse, E., Papadatou-Pastou, M., De La Rosa-Gómez, A., Barba-Sánchez, A. E., González-Santoyo, I., Hsu, T., Kung, C. C., Wang, H. H., Freeman, J. B., Oh, D. W., Schei, V., Sverdrup, T. E., Levitan, C. A., Cook, C. L., Chandel, P., Kujur, P., Parganiha, A., Parveen, N., Pati, A. K., Pradhan, S., Singh, M. M., Pande, B., Bavolar, J., Kačmár, P., Zakharov, I., Álvarez-Solas, S., Baskin, E., Thirkettle, M., Schmidt, K., Christopherson, C. D., Leonis, T., Suchow, J. W., Olofsson, J. K., Jernsäther, T., Lee, A. S., Beaudry, J. L., Gogan, T. D., Oldmeadow, J. A., Balas, B., Stevens, L. M., Colloff, M. F., Flowe, H. D., Gülgöz, S., Brandt, M. J., Hoyer, K., Jaeger, B., Ren, D., Sleegers, W. W. A., Wissink, J., Kaminski, G., Floerke, V. A., Urry, H. L., Chen, S. C., Pfuhl, G., Vally, Z., Basnight-Brown, D. M., Jzerman, H. I., Sarda, E., Neyroud, L., Badidi, T., Van der Linden, N., Tan, C. B. Y., Kovic, V., Sampaio, W., Ferreira, P., Santos, D., Burin, D. I., Gardiner, G., Protzko, J., Schild, C., Ścigała, K. A., Zettler, I., O’Mara Kunz, E. M., Storage, D., Wagemans, F. M. A., Saunders, B., Sirota, M., Sloane, G. V., Lima, T. J. S., Uittenhove, K., Vergauwe, E., Jaworska, K., Stern, J., Ask, K., van Zyl, C. J. J., Körner, A., Weissgerber, S. C., Boudesseul, J., Ruiz-Dodobara, F., Ritchie, K. L., Michalak, N. M., Blake, K. R., White, D., Gordon-Finlayson, A. R., Anne, M., Janssen, S. M. J., Lee, K. M., Nielsen, T. K., Tamnes, C. K., Zickfeld, J. H., Rosa, A. D., Vianello, M., Kocsor, F., Kozma, L., Putz, Á., Tressoldi, P., Irrazabal, N., Chatard, A., Lins, S., Pinto, I. R., Lutz, J., Adamkovic, M., Babincak, P., Baník, G., Ropovik, I., Coetzee, V., Dixson, B. J. W., Ribeiro, G., Peters, K., Steffens, N. K., Tan, K. W., Thorstenson, C. A., Fernandez, A. M., Hsu, R. M. C. S., Valentova, J. V., Varella, M. A. C., Corral-Frías, N. S., Frías-Armenta, M., Hatami, J., Monajem, A., Sharifian, M. H., Frohlich, B., Lin, H., Inzlicht, M., Alaei, R., Rule, N. O., Lamm, C., Pronizius, E., Voracek, M., Olsen, J., Giolla, E. M., Akgoz, A., Özdoğru, A. A., Crawford, M. T., Bennett-Day, B., Koehn, M. A., Okan, C., Gill, T., Miller, J. K., Dunham, Y., Yang, X., Alper, S., Borras-Guevara, M. L., Cai, S. J., Tiantian, D., Danvers, A. F., Feinberg, D. R., Armstrong, M. M., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., McCarthy, R. J., Muñoz-Reyes, J. A., Polo, P., Shiramazu, V. K. M., Yan, W. J., Carvalho, L., Forscher, P. S., Chartier, C. R. & Coles, N. A., Jan 2021, In: Nature human behaviour. 5, 1, p. 159-169 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Assessing and adjusting for publication bias in the relationship between anxiety and the error-related negativity

    Saunders, B. & Inzlicht, M., Sep 2020, In: International Journal of Psychophysiology. 155, p. 87-98 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    4 Citations (Scopus)
  • Self-control in daily life: Prevalence and effectiveness of diverse self-control strategies

    Milyavskaya, M., Saunders, B. & Inzlicht, M., 31 Oct 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Personality. 0, p. 1-18 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Strong Effort Manipulations Reduce Response Caution: A Preregistered Reinvention of the Ego-Depletion Paradigm

    Lin, H., Saunders, B., Friese, M., Evans, N. J. & Inzlicht, M., 1 May 2020, In: Psychological Science. 31, 5, p. 531-547 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    14 Citations (Scopus)
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