Dr Julie Chow

Dr Julie Chow

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research area and interest

My research examines how people learn about cause and effect relationships, and how differences in what is inferred when presented with identical information may result in opposing beliefs. This is pertinent when determining how people come to form strong pseudoscientific beliefs about ineffective treatments. Causal illusions are thought to be important for understanding the development of pseudoscientific beliefs, and importantly provides insight into how people learn in a variable environment.


Mathews, Room 910


  • Chow, J. Y.-L., Colagiuri, B., & Livesey, E. J. (2019). Bridging the divide between causal illusions in the laboratory and the real world: the effects of outcome density with a variable continuous outcome. Cognitive research: Principles and Implications4(1), 1-15.
  • Chow, J. Y.-L., Colagiuri, B., Rottman, B. M., Goldwater, M., & Livesey, E. J. (2021). Pseudoscientific Health Beliefs and the Perceived Frequency of Causal Relationships. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21), 11196.
  • Double, K. S., Chow, J. Y.-L, Livesey, E. J., & Hopfenbeck, T. N. (2020). Causal illusions in the classroom: how the distribution of student outcomes can promote false instructional beliefs. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 5(1), 1-20.
  • Cordony, M. B., Chow, J. Y. L., & Boakes, R. A. (2019). Motivation to run measured by progressive ratio tests: Failure to support the addiction hypothesis for rats. Learning & behavior47(2), 131-140.

Awards, fellowships & grants

  • 2020 - Paulette Isabel Jones PhD Completion Scholarship, The University of Sydney 
  • 2017-2020 - Postgraduate Scholarship in Associative Learning and Cognitive Expectations, The University of Sydney 
  • 2019 - Best Student Presentation Prize (Poster Presentation), 46th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2018 - Best Student Presentation Prize (Oral Presentation), Australian Learning Group 2018 Midyear Conference, Australian Learning Group, Katoomba NSW