Dr Julie Chow
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Julie Chow

School of Psychology

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 disparate 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.

  • 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, vol. 18, pp. 11196 - 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, vol. 5, pp. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41235-020-00237-2
    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, vol. 47, pp. 131 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13420-018-0348-8
    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, vol. 4, pp. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41235-018-0149-9