Dr Sarah Cowie

PhD

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

My research examines how our decisions and actions are controlled by events that have occurred in the recent past, and by events that are likely to occur in the future. In particular, I am interested in how time influences decision-making processes, how events in the recent past are used to contruct predictions about the likely future, and how these predictions govern our actions. My research focuses on how different modalities of information within the environment facilitate learning and making predictions about the future, and on how events in the recent past and likely future affect problematic, maladaptive and/or compulsive behavior.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Davison, M., & Cowie, S. (2019). Timing or counting? Control by contingency reversals at fixed times or numbers of responses. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal learning and cognition, 45 (2), 222-241. 10.1037/xan0000201
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46775
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Davison
  • Taylor, R., Elliffe, D., Podlesnik, C. A., & Cowie, S. (2019). The nanoeconomics of concurrent choice behavior. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 111 (2), 274-288. 10.1002/jeab.508
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Douglas Elliffe
  • Gomes-Ng, S., Elliffe, D., & Cowie, S. (2019). Relative reinforcer rates determine pigeons’ attention allocation when separately trained stimuli are presented together. Learning and Behavior10.3758/s13420-019-00381-w
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie Gomes-Ng, Douglas Elliffe
  • Bland, V. J., Cowie, S., Podlesnik, C. A., & Elliffe, D. (2019). Dependent scheduling and evidence for melioration. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 111 (1), 146-148. 10.1002/jeab.486
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Douglas Elliffe
  • Gomes-Ng, S., Elliffe, D., & Cowie, S. (2018). Environment tracking and signal following in a reinforcer-ratio reversal procedure. Behavioural processes, 157, 208-224. 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.10.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie Gomes-Ng, Douglas Elliffe
  • Gomes-Ng, S., Elliffe, D., & Cowie, S. (2018). Generalization of response patterns in a multiple peak procedure. Behavioural processes, 157, 361-371. 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.07.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie Gomes-Ng, Douglas Elliffe
  • Bland, V. J., Cowie, S., Elliffe, D., & Podlesnik, C. A. (2018). Does a negative discriminative stimulus function as a punishing consequence?. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 110 (1), 87-104. 10.1002/jeab.444
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Douglas Elliffe
  • Bland, V. J., Cowie, S., Elliffe, D., & Podlesnik, C. A. (2018). Melioration revisited: a systematic replication of Vaughan (1981). Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 109 (3), 551-563. 10.1002/jeab.327
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Douglas Elliffe

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 3, Room 316B
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand