Dr Tom Beesley

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

My research focuses on understanding how humans process and learn about the relationships between stimuli in the environment, and how such learning shapes behavior. In particular I am interested in the processes involved in associative learning, how learning interacts with attentional processing, and how we can develop computational models of learning. I am also interested in comparisons between learning under conditions of effortful reflection versus conditions which rely on the rapid processing of stimuli, the importance of intention in learning, and the related question of whether conscious awareness is necessary for learning.

Prediction and uncertainty in associative learning: examining controlled and automatic components of learned attentional biases
Luque, D., Vadillo, M.A., Le Pelley, M.E., Beesley, T. 3/08/2017 In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 70, 8, p. 1485-1503. 19 p.
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Goal-directed and habit-like modulations of stimulus processing during reinforcement learning
Luque, D., Beesley, T., Morris, R., Jack, B., Griffiths, O., Whitford, T., Le Pelley, M. 15/03/2017 In: Journal of Neuroscience. 37, 11, p. 3009-3017. 9 p.
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Attenuation of auditory evoked potentials for hand and eye-initiated sounds
Mifsud, N., Beesley, T., Watson, T., Whitford, T. 12/2016 In: Biological Psychology. 120, p. 61-68. 8 p.
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Sequential effects and sequence learning in a three-choice serial reaction time task
Lee, J., Beesley, T., Livesey, E. 10/2016 In: Acta Psychologica. 170, p. 168-176. 9 p.
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Associative Learning and Derived Attention in Humans
Le Pelley, M., Beesley, T., Griffiths, O. 2016 In: The Wiley Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning. Wiley ISBN: 9781118650943. Electronic ISBN: 9781118650813.
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Attention and associative learning in humans: An integrative review
Le Pelley, M., Mitchell, C., Beesley, T., George, D., Wills, A. 2016 In: Psychological Bulletin. 142, 10, p. 1111-1140. 30 p.
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Configural learning in contextual cuing of visual search
Beesley, T., Vadillo, M., Pearson, D., Shanks, D. 2016 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 42, 8, p. 1173-1185. 13 p.
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A simple algorithm for the offline recalibration of eye-tracking data through best-fitting linear transformation
Vadillo, M., Street, C., Beesley, T., Shanks, D. 12/2015 In: Behavior Research Methods. 47, 4, p. 1365-1376. 12 p.
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Implicit learning of gaze-contingent events
Beesley, T., Pearson, D., Le Pelley, M. 06/2015 In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 22, 3, p. 800-807. 8 p.
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Uncertainty and predictiveness determine attention to cues during human associative learning
Beesley, T., Nguyen, K., Pearson, D., Le Pelley, M. 2/04/2015 In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 68, 11, p. 2175-2199. 25 p.
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Pre-exposure of repeated search configurations facilitates subsequent contextual cuing of visual search
Beesley, T., Vadillo, M., Pearson, D., Shanks, D. 2015 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 41, 2, p. 348-362. 15 p.
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When goals conflict with values: Counterproductive attentional and oculomotor capture by reward-related stimuli
Le Pelley, M., Pearson, D., Griffiths, O., Beesley, T. 2015 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 144, 1, p. 158-171. 14 p.
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Relative salience versus relative validity: Cue salience influences blocking in human associative learning
Le Pelley, M., Beesley, T., Griffiths, O. 2014 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 40, 1, p. 116-132. 17 p.
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Out of control: An associative account of congruency effects in sequence learning
Beesley, T., Jones, F., Shanks, D. 03/2012 In: Consciousness and Cognition. 21, 1, p. 413-421. 9 p.
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Drug cue induced overshadowing: Selective disruption of natural reward processing by cigarette cues amongst abstinent but not satiated smokers
Freeman, T., Morgan, C., Beesley, T., Curran, H. 01/2012 In: Psychological Medicine. 42, 1, p. 161-171. 11 p.
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Investigating cue competition in contextual cuing of visual search
Beesley, T., Shanks, D. 2012 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 38, 3, p. 709-725. 17 p.
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Overt Attention and Predictiveness in Human Contingency Learning
Le Pelley, M., Beesley, T., Griffiths, O. 2011 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 37, 2, p. 220-229. 10 p.
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The Influence of Blocking on Overt Attention and Associability in Human Learning
Beesley, T., Le Pelley, M. 2011 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 37, 1, p. 114-120. 7 p.
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Syntactic transfer in artificial grammar learning
Beesley, T., Wills, A., le Pelley, M. 02/2010 In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 17, 1, p. 122-128. 7 p.
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Stereotype Formation: Biased by Association
Le Pelley, M., Reimers, S., Calvini, G., Spears, R., Beesley, T., Murphy, R. 2010 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 139, 1, p. 138-161. 24 p.
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The effect of predictive history on the learning of sub-sequence contingencies
Beesley, T., Le Pelley, M. 2010 In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 63, 1, p. 108-135. 28 p.
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Learned Predictiveness Effects in Humans: A Function of Learning, Performance, or Both?
Le Pelley, M., Suret, M., Beesley, T. 2009 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 35, 3, p. 312-327. 16 p.
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Blocking of human causal learning involves learned changes in stimulus processing
Le Pelley, M., Beesley, T., Suret, M. 2007 In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 60, 11, p. 1468-1476. 9 p.
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How successful is errorless learning in supporting memory for high and low-level knowledge in dementia?
Haslam, C., Gilroy, D., Black, S., Beesley, T. 2006 In: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 16, 5, p. 505-536. 32 p.
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The locus of learned predictiveness effects in human learning
Le Pelley, M., Suret, M., Beesley, T. 2006 In: Proceedings of AISB'06: Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems. p. 66-73. 8 p. ISBN: 1902956975.
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