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. 




  • Understanding the mind (Level 2)
  • Biological Psychology (Level 3)

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Research Output

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., May 2020, In : Psychological Science. 31, 5, p. 531-547 17 p.

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    Interpersonal touch enhances cognitive control: A neurophysiological investigation

    Saunders, B., Riesel, A., Klawohn, J. & Inzlicht, M., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 147, 7, p. 1066-1077 12 p.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    269 Downloads (Pure)

    Midfrontal theta and pupil dilation parametrically track subjective conflict (but also surprise) during intertemporal choice

    Lin, H., Saunders, B., Hutcherson, C. & Inzlicht, M., 15 May 2018, In : NeuroImage. 172, p. 838-852 15 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    191 Downloads (Pure)

    Registered Replication Report: Dijksterhuis & van Knippenberg (1998): ProfPrimeRRR

    O’Donnell, M., Nelson, L. D., Ackermann, E., Aczel, B., Akhtar, A., Aldrovandi, S., Alshaif, N., Andringa, R., Aveyard, M., Babincak, P., Balatekin, N., Baldwin, S. A., Banik, G., Baskin, E., Bell, R., Białobrzeska, O., Birt, A. R., Boot, W. R., Braithwaite, S. R., Briggs, J. C. & 104 others, Buchner, A., Budd, D., Budzik, K., Bullens, L., Bulley, R. L., Cannon, P. R., Cantarero, K., Cesario, J., Chambers, S., Chartier, C. R., Chekroun, P., Chong, C., Cleeremans, A., Coary, S. P., Coulthard, J., Cramwinckel, F. M., Denson, T. F., Díaz-Lago, M., DiDonato, T. E., Drummond, A., Eberlen, J., Ebersbach, T., Edlund, J. E., Finnigan, K. M., Fisher, J., Frankowska, N., García-Sánchez, E., Golom, F. D., Graves, A. J., Greenberg, K., Hanioti, M., Hansen, H. A., Harder, J. A., Harrell, E. R., Hartanto, A., Inzlicht, M., Johnson, D. J., Karpinski, A., Keller, V. N., Klein, O., Koppel, L., Krahmer, E., Lantian, A., Larson, M. J., Légal, J-B., Lucas, R. E., Lynott, D., Magaldino, C. M., Massar, K., McBee, M. T., McLatchie, N., Melia, N., Mensink, M. C., Mieth, L., Moore-Berg, S., Neeser, G., Newell, B. R., Noordewier, M. K., Özdogğru, A. A., Pantazi, M., Parzuchowski, M., Peters, K., Philipp, M. C., Pollmann, M. M. H., Rentzelas, P., Rodríguez-Bailón, R., Röer, J. P., Ropovik, I., Roque, N. A., Rueda, C., Rutjens, B. T., Sackett, K., Salamon, J., Sánchez-Rodríguez, Á., Saunders, B., Schaafsma, J., Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., Shanks, D. R., Sherman, M. F., Steele, K. M., Steffens, N. K., Sun, J., Susa, K. J., Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A., Tamayo, R. M., Tinghög, G., Tong, Y., Tweten, C., Vadillo, M. A., Valcarcel, D., Linden, N. V. D., Elk, M. V., Harreveld, F. V., Västfjäll, D., Vazire, S., Verduyn, P., Williams, M. N., Willis, G. B., Wood, S. E., Yang, C., Zerhouni, O., Zheng, R. & Zrubka, M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Perspectives on Psychological Science. 13, 2, p. 268-294 27 p.

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  • 14 Citations (Scopus)
    331 Downloads (Pure)

    Reported self-control is not meaningfully associated with inhibition-related executive function: A Bayesian analysis

    Saunders, B., Milyavskaya, M., Etz, A., Randles, D. & Inzlicht, M., 20 Nov 2018, In : Collabra: Psychology. 4, 1, 16 p., 39.

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  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    154 Downloads (Pure)