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Dr Mike Le Pelley

BA Cantab, PhD Cantab.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +61 2 9385 1294
email : m.lepelley@unsw.edu.au

External Address

School of Psychology
The University of New South Wales

Recent External Appointments

  • ARC Future Fellow, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales. (2011 continuing)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC Discovery Project [DP170104575] (2017 - 2020) "Towards a process model of visual working memory." Donkin, C., & Le Pelley, M. ($295,000)
  • ARC Discovery Project [DP170101715] (2017 - 2020) "Capture and control: Overcoming distraction by reward-related stimuli." Le Pelley, M., Most, S., Theeuwes, J., & Wiers, R. ($393,000)
  • ARC Discovery Project [DP140103268] (2014 - 2017) "How does uncertainty influence selective attention during human associative learning?" Beesley, T., Le Pelley, M.E., & Mitchell, C.J. ($311,670)
  • NHMRC Project Grant [APP1069487] (2014 - 2017) "Prediction error processing in schizophrenia." Le Pelley, M.E., Morris, R., Green, M., Whitford, T., & Killcross, A.S. ($243,447)
  • Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, Excellence Research Program [PSI2013-44754-P] (2014 - 2017) “Learning to pay attention and paying attention to learn: Two roles of attentional processes in human associative learning.” (€22,000) Luque, D., Vadillo, M.A., Le Pelley, M.A., & Whitford, J. ($31,665)
  • ARC Discovery Project [DP140104394] (2014 - 2017) "Understanding prediction errors: Interrogating the brain's lingua franca." Whitford, T.J., Le Pelley, M.E., & Luque, D. ($346,000)
  • ARC Future Fellowship [FT100100260] (2011 - 2014) "Attention please! Selective attention and human associative learning." Le Pelley, M.E. ($679,782)
  • UNSW Major Research Equipment & Infrastructure Initiative (2011 - 2014) "Electroencephalography and psychophysiology acquisition and analysis systems." Whitford, T.J., Nickerson, A.M., & Le Pelley, M.E. ($99,827)
  • Experimental Psychology Society Grant (2010 - 2011) "Incentive value, learning, and attention." (£2,000) Le Pelley, M.E., & Mitchell, C.J. ($3,259)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Mitchell, C.J., & Le Pelley, M.E. (Eds.). (2010). Attention and Associative Learning: From Brain to Behaviour. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Le Pelley, M.E. (2016). Evidence for true metacognition is ambiguous. In K. Cheng (Ed.), How Animals Think and Feel: An Introduction to Non-Human Psychology (pp. 145-147). Westport, USA: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Beesley, T., & Griffiths, O. (2016). Associative learning and derived attention in humans. In R.A. Murphy & R.C. Honey (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning (pp. 114-135). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Griffiths, O., & Beesley, T. (In Press). Associative accounts of causal cognition. In M.R. Waldmann (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Causal Reasoning. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Le Pelley, M.E. (2010). The hybrid modeling approach to conditioning. In N. Schmajuk (Ed.), Computational Models of Conditioning (pp. 71-107). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Le Pelley, M.E. (2010). Attention and human associative learning. In C.J. Mitchell, & M.E. Le Pelley (Eds.), Attention and Associative Learning: From Brain to Behaviour (pp. 187-215). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Le Pelley, M.E., & Schmidt-Hansen, M. (2010). Latent inhibition and learned irrelevance in human contingency learning. In R.E. Lubow, & I. Weiner (Eds.), Latent Inhibition: Cognition, Neuroscience, and Applications to Schizophrenia (pp. 94-113). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mitchell, C.J., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2010). An introduction to attention and learning. In C.J. Mitchell, & M.E. Le Pelley (Eds.), Attention and Associative Learning: From Brain to Behaviour (pp. 1-9). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Periodicals

  • Luque, D., Vadillo, M.A., Le Pelley, M.A., & Beesley, T. (2017). Prediction and uncertainty in associative learning: Examining controlled and automatic components of learned attentional biases. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(8), 1485-1503. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1188407
  • Spiers, H.J., Love, B.C., Le Pelley, M.E., Gibb, C.E., & Murphy, R.A. (2017). Anterior temporal lobe tracks the formation of prejudice. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(3), 530-544. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01056
  • Albertella, L., Le Pelley, M.E., & Copeland, J. (2016). Frequent cannabis use is associated with reduced negative priming among females. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 24(5), 313-319. doi:10.1037/pha0000085
  • Elijah, R.B., Le Pelley, M.E., & Whitford, T.J. (2016). Modifying temporal expectations: Changing cortical responsivity to delayed self-initiated sensations with training. Biological Psychology, 120, 88-95. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.09.001
  • Griffiths, O., Le Pelley, M.E., Jack, B.N., Luque, D., & Whitford, T.J. (2016). Cross-modal symbolic processing can elicit either an N2 or a protracted N2/N400 response. Psychophysiology, 53(7), 1044-1053. doi:10.1111/psyp.12649
  • Haselgrove, M., Le Pelley, M.E., Singh, N.K., Teow, H.Q., Morris, R.W., Green, M.J., Griffiths, O., & Killcross, S. (2016). Disrupted attentional learning in high schizotypy: Evidence of aberrant salience. British Journal of Psychology, 107, 601-624. doi:10.1111/bjop.12175
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Mitchell, C.J., Beesley, T., George, D.N., & Wills, A.J. (2016). Attention and associative learning in humans: An integrative review. Psychological Bulletin, 142(10), 1111-1140. doi:10.1037/bul0000064
  • Luque, D., Vadillo, M.A., Gutierrez-Cobo, M.J., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2016). The blocking effect in associative learning involves learned biases in rapid attentional capture. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1262435
  • Pearson, D., Osborn, R., Whitford, T.J., Failing, M., Theeuwes, J., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2016). Value-modulated oculomotor capture by task-irrelevant stimuli is a consequence of early competition on the saccade map Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(7), 2226-2240. doi:10.3758/s13414-016-1135-2
  • Albertella, L., Le Pelley, M.E., & Copeland, J. (2015). Cannabis use, schizotypy, and negative priming. Psychiatry Research, 228(3), 404-410. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.074
  • Beesley, T., Nguyen, K.P., Pearson, D., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2015). Uncertainty and predictiveness determine attention to cues during human associative learning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(11), 2175-2199. doi:10.1080/17470218.2015.1009919
  • Beesley, T., Pearson, D., & Le Pelley, M. (2015). Implicit learning of gaze-contingent events. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22(3), 800-807. doi:10.3758/s13423-014-0720-4
  • Donkin, C., Tran, S.C., & Le Pelley, M. (2015). Location-based errors in change detection: A challenge for the slots model of visual working memory. Memory & Cognition, 43(3), 421-431. doi:10.3758/s13421-014-0487-x
  • Failing, M., Nissens, T., Pearson, D., Le Pelley, M., & Theeuwes, J. (2015). Oculomotor capture by stimuli that signal the availability of reward. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(4), 2316-2327. doi:10.1152/jn.00441.2015
  • Griffiths, O., Le Pelley, M.E., & Langdon, R. (2015). The bridge between neuroscience and cognition must be tethered at both ends. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 20(2), 106-108. doi:10.1080/13546805.2014.993464
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Pearson, D., Griffiths, O., & Beesley, T. (2015). When goals conflict with values: Counterproductive attentional and oculomotor capture by reward-related stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(1), 158-171. doi:10.1037/xge0000037
  • Luque, D., Moris, J., Rushby, J.A., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2015). Goal-directed EEG activity evoked by discriminative stimuli in reinforcement learning. Psychophysiology, 52(2), 238-248. doi:10.1111/psyp.12302
  • Pearson, D., Donkin, C., Tran, S.C., Most, S.B., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2015). Cognitive control and counterproductive oculomotor capture by reward-related stimuli [Special Issue]. Visual Cognition, 23, 41-66. doi:10.1080/13506285.2014.994252
  • Griffiths, O., Langdon, R., Le Pelley, M.E., & Coltheart, M. (2014). Delusions and prediction error: Re-examining the behavioural evidence for disrupted error signalling in delusion formation. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 19(5), 439-467. doi://10.1080/13546805.2014.897601
  • Le Pelley, M.E. (2014). Primate polemic: Commentary on Smith, Couchman and Beran. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 128(2), 132-134.
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Beesley, T., & Griffiths, O. (2014). Relative salience versus relative validity: Cue salience influences blocking in human associative learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 40(1), 116-132. doi:10.1037/xan0000006
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Calvini, G., & Spears, R. (2013). Learned predictiveness influences automatic evaluations in human contingency learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(2), 217-228. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.708760
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Mitchell, C.J., & Johnson, A.M. (2013). Outcome value influences attentional biases in human associative learning: Dissociable effects of training and instruction. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39(1), 39-55. doi:10.1037/a0031230
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Vadillo, M., & Luque, D. (2013). Learned predictiveness influences rapid attentional capture: Evidence from the dot probe task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39(6), 1888-1900. doi:10.1037/a0033700
  • Morris, R., Griffiths, O., Le Pelley, M.E., & Weickert, T.W. (2013). Attention to irrelevant cues is related to positive symptoms in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 39(3), 575-582. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbr192
  • Le Pelley, M.E. (2012). Metacognitive monkeys or associative animals? Simple reinforcement learning explains uncertainty in nonhuman animals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38(3), 686-708. doi:10.1037/a0026478
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Haselgrove, M., & Esber, G.R. (2012). Modelling attention in associative learning: Two processes or one? Learning & Behavior, 40(3), 292-304. doi:10.3758/s13420-012-0084-4
  • Schmidt-Hansen, M., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2012). The positive symptoms of schizophrenia and latent inhibition in humans and animals: Underpinned by the same process(es)? Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 17(6), 473-505. doi:10.1080/13546805.2012.667202
  • Beesley, T., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2011). The influence of blocking on overt attention and associability in human learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37(1), 114-120. doi:10.1037/a0019526
  • Le Pelley, M.E., Beesley, T., & Griffiths, O. (2011). Overt attention and predictiveness in human contingency learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37(2), 220-229. doi:10.1037/a0021384

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Albertella, L., & Le Pelley, M. (2017, April). Selective attention moderates the relationship between attentional capture by signals of nondrug reward and illicit drug use. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Beesley, T., Most, S., Pearson, D., Misra, D., & Le Pelley, M. (2017, April). The effect of reward on implicit learning of gaze-contingent events. Paper presented at the Selective Attention and Individual Differences in Motivation and Emotion Forum Meeting, 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Easdale, L., Le Pelley, M., & Beesley, T. (2017, April). The onset of uncertainty facilitates the learning of new associations. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Le Pelley, M., Pearson, D., & Most, S.B. (2017, April). Miss it and miss out: Counterproductive nonspatial attentional capture by task-irrelevant, value-related stimuli. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Pearson, D., & Le Pelley, M. (2017, April). Rewarding outcomes can influence both attentional capture and suppression. Paper presented at the Selective Attention and Individual Differences in Motivation and Emotion Forum Meeting, 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Griffiths, O., Morris, R.W., Green, M.J., Teow, T., Killcross, A.S, & Le Pelley, M.E. (2014, July). Impaired conditional task performance in schizophrenia: A novel deficit in contextual processing. Paper presented at the Australian Learning Group Mid-Year Conference, Katoomba.

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