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. How do we use events in our recent past to contruct predictions about the likely future, and how do these predictions govern our actions? I'm interested in understanding how different modalities of information within the environment facilitate learning and making predictions about the future, and how simple and more complex decision-making processes affect problematic, maladaptive, compulsive behavior, and pro-social behaviour.

Teaching | Current

I teach in the following courses:

PSYCH109 Mind, Brain, and Behaviour

PSYCH203 Learning and Behaviour

PSYCH309 Learning

PSYCH759 Advanced Behaviour

I am also happy to supervise PSYCH308, PSYCH780, PSYCH720, PSYCH796 research projects.

See also PSYCH779 Research and Communication.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gomes-Ng, S., Elliffe, D., & Cowie, S. (2020). Timing compound stimuli: Relative reinforcer probabilities divide stimulus control in the multiple peak procedure. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal learning and cognition, 46 (2), 124-138. 10.1037/xan0000233
    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 & behavior, 47 (3), 245-257. 10.3758/s13420-019-00381-w
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Douglas Elliffe
  • 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
  • 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: Vikki Bland, 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: 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: 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, Vikki Bland

Contact details

Primary office location

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

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