Dr Julie Chow

Dr Julie Chow

Research Associate
Science
School of Psychology

My research focuses on the effects of uncertainty and ambiguity on attentional capture, causal learning and belief formation. I am particularly interested in understanding how informational uncertainty guides our attention, shaping what we learn and what decisions we subsequently make. This is pertinent when trying to understand how people come to form specific (sometimes false) beliefs in a complex and variable environment. My research utilises a multifaceted approach to understanding psychological phenomena, including behavioural experiments, eye-tracking and computational modelling. Additionally, I engage in applied research, specifically in understanding how cognitive biases in learning might underpin real-world pseudoscientific thinking and misinformation in health.

  • Journal articles | 2024
    Chow JYL; Goldwater MB; Colagiuri B; Livesey EJ, 2024, 'Instruction on the Scientific Method Provides (Some) Protection Against Illusions of Causality', Open Mind, 8, pp. 639 - 665, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/opmi_a_00141
    Journal articles | 2024
    Pearson D; Chong A; Chow JYL; Garner KG; Theeuwes J; Pelley MEL, 2024, 'Uncertainty-Modulated Attentional Capture: Outcome Variance Increases Attentional Priority', Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0001586
    Journal articles | 2023
    Chow JYL; Lee JC; Lovibond PF, 2023, 'Inhibitory Learning with Bidirectional Outcomes: Prevention Learning or Causal Learning in the Opposite Direction?', Journal of Cognition, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/joc.266
    Journal articles | 2023
    Chow JYL; Lee JC; Lovibond PF, 2023, 'Using Unobserved Causes to Explain Unexpected Outcomes: The Effect of Existing Causal Knowledge on Protection From Extinction by a Hidden Cause', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0001306
    Journal articles | 2023
    Kendig MD; Chow JYL; Martire SI; Rooney KB; Boakes RA, 2023, 'Switching from Sugar- to Artificially-Sweetened Beverages: A 12-Week Trial', Nutrients, 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu15092191
    Journal articles | 2023
    Lovibond PF; Chow JYL; Lee JC, 2023, 'Retardation of Acquisition After Conditioned Inhibition and Latent Inhibition Training in Human Causal Learning', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 49, pp. 75 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xan0000351
    Journal articles | 2022
    Chow JYL; Lee JC; Lovibond PF, 2022, 'Inhibitory Summation as a Form of Generalization', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 48, pp. 86 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xan0000320
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lovibond PF; Chow JYL; Tobler C; Lee JC, 2022, 'Reversal of Inhibition by No-Modulation Training but Not by Extinction in Human Causal Learning', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 48, pp. 336 - 348, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xan0000328
    Journal articles | 2021
    Chow JYL; Colagiuri B; Rottman BM; Goldwater M; Livesey EJ, 2021, 'Pseudoscientific health beliefs and the perceived frequency of causal relationships', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, pp. 11196, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111196
    Journal articles | 2020
    Double KS; Chow JYL; Livesey EJ; Hopfenbeck TN, 2020, 'Causal illusions in the classroom: how the distribution of student outcomes can promote false instructional beliefs', Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 5, pp. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41235-020-00237-2
    Journal articles | 2019
    Chow JYL; Colagiuri B; Livesey EJ, 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 Implications, 4, pp. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41235-018-0149-9
    Journal articles | 2019
    Cordony MBL; Chow JYL; Boakes RA, 2019, 'Motivation to run measured by progressive ratio tests: Failure to support the addiction hypothesis for rats', Learning and Behavior, 47, pp. 131 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13420-018-0348-8
  • Preprints | 2024
    Chow J; Garner K; Pearson D; Heber J; Le Pelley M, 2024, Effects of instructed and experienced uncertainty on attentional priority, , http://dx.doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/n62z8
    Conference Papers | 2023
    Chow J; Livesey E, 2023, 'Learning about Benefits and Side Effects of a Bogus Treatment are Similarly Influenced by the Frequency of the Outcome Occurring', in Goldwater M; Anggoro FK; Hayes B; Ong DC (eds.), Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sydney, Australia, pp. 2411 - 2447, presented at 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2023, Sydney, Australia, 26 June 2023 - 29 June 2023, https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4vr819ct
    Conference Papers | 2023
    Lee J; Chow J; Lee JE; Ng DWH; Lovibond P, 2023, 'Assessing Distributions of Causal Beliefs in the Illusory Causation Task', in Goldwater M; Anggoro FK; Hayes B; Ong DC (eds.), Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sydney Australia, pp. 2164 - 2170, presented at 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2023, Sydney Australia, 26 June 2023 - 29 June 2023, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28742
    Conference Papers | 2023
    Liang L; Chow J; Livesey E, 2023, 'More means more? Illusory causation between uncorrelated continuous events', in Goldwater M; Anggoro FK; Hayes B; Ong DC (eds.), Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sydney, Australia, pp. 3223 - 3229, presented at 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2023, Sydney, Australia, 26 June 2023 - 29 June 2023, https://escholarship.org/uc/item/67p779b9
    Conference Papers | 2023
    Lovibond P; Chow J; Lee J, 2023, 'How do Participants Interpret Trials from Individual Cells in a Causal Illusion Task?', in Goldwater M; Anggoro FK; Hayes BK; Ong DC (eds.), Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sydney Australia, pp. 534 - 539, presented at 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2023, Sydney Australia, 26 July 2023 - 29 July 2023, https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6z13c6d6
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Chow JYL; Don HJ; Colagiuri B; Livesey EJ, 2018, 'Illusory causation and outcome density effects with a continuous and variable outcome', in Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2018, pp. 1494 - 1499

  • Primary Investigator on Small Seed Grant Project "Uncertainty in Attention and Causal Learning", awarded by UNSW Science Early Career Research Network.
  • Co-Primary Investigator on Small Project Grant "From Beliefs to Behaviours: Exploring Sex and Community Dynamics in Sexual and Reproductive Health Beliefs", awarded by the Women's Wellbeing Academy, UNSW Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.