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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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2012 2018

5 Citations (Scopus)
182 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sample Size
Decision Making
7 Citations (Scopus)
145 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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Conflict (Psychology)
11 Citations (Scopus)
267 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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)
119 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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bayes Theorem
Executive Function
Inhibition (Psychology)
Stroop Test
2 Citations (Scopus)
41 Downloads (Pure)

The misattribution of emotions and the error-related negativity: a registered report

Elkins-Brown, N., Saunders, B. & Inzlicht, M., Dec 2018, In : Cortex. 109, p. 124-140 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access