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Dr Maxwell Roberts

Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Maxwell Roberts
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    +44 (0) 1206 873797

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    3.707, Colchester Campus

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Biography

Dr Max Roberts completed his BSc Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 1988, and his PhD in 1991. He was then employed as a demonstrator in the Department of Psychology at the University of Newcastle from 1991-92 and at the University of St Andrews from 1992-93. He joined our Department as a lecturer in 1993.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Inductive and deductive reasoning

Individual differences in reasoning strategies

The cognitive psychology of intelligence

Spatial reasoning and imagery

The development of expertise

Teaching and supervision

  • Intelligent Behaviour (PS452)

  • Transit Maps: Past, Present and Future (PS499)

  • MSc Psychology Research Project (PS900)

  • Research Project (MSc) (PS934)

Publications

Journals (42)

(2017). Preference versus performance: Investigating the dissociation between objective measures and subjective ratings of usability for schematic metro maps and intuitive theories of design. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 98

(2016). Map-induced journey-planning biases for a simple network: A Docklands Light Railway study. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. 94

(2016). Radi(c)al departures Comparing conventional octolinear versus concentric circles schematic maps for the Berlin U-Bahn/S-Bahn networks using objective and subjective measures of effectiveness. Information Design Journal. 22 (2)

(2013). Objective versus subjective measures of Paris Metro map usability: Investigating traditional octolinear versus all-curves schematics. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 71 (3)

(2012). A comparison between element salience versus context as item difficulty factors in Raven's Matrices. Intelligence. 40 (4)

(2012). The effects of presentation and content on syllogistic reasoning by children with and without specific language impairment. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 24 (7)

(2011). Rapid-response versus free-time selection tasks using different logical connectives. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 23 (7)

(2010). Deductive reasoning in children with specific language impairment. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 28 (1)

(2010). Deductive reasoning in children with specific language impairment. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 28 (1)

(2007). Explaining inappropriate strategy selection in a simple reasoning task. British Journal of Psychology. 98 (4)

(2007). Explaining inappropriate strategy selection in a simple reasoning task.. British Journal of Psychology. 98 (Pt 4)

(2007). Element salience as a predictor of item difficulty for Raven's Progressive Matrices. Intelligence. 35 (4)

(2005). Expanding the universe of categorical syllogisms: A challenge for reasoning researchers. Behavior Research Methods. 37 (4)

(2005). Categorical reasoning from multiple diagrams. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 58 (2)

(2004). Improvement in reading speed in an adult with developmental dyslexia of the ?mixed? type. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 14 (3)

(2003). Belief bias and relational reasoning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 56 (1)

(2003). Belief bias and relational reasoning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 56 (1)

(2003). Individual differences transcend the rationality debate. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 26 (04)

(2002). The Elusive Matching Bias Effect in the Disjunctive Selection Task. Experimental Psychology. 49 (2)

(2002). The relationship between extraversion and ability. Personality and Individual Differences. 32 (3)

(2001). Inspection times, the change task, and the rapid-response selection task. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 54 (4)

(2001). Task-switching costs, Stroop-costs, and executive control: A correlational study. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 54 (2)

(2001). Quantifier interpretation and syllogistic reasoning. Thinking & Reasoning. 7 (2)

(2001). Understanding strategy selection. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 54 (1)

(2001). Research methods and statistics. CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY-APA REVIEW OF BOOKS. 46 (6)

(2001). Predicting strategy usage for the compass point directions task: Spatial versus verbal ability across the lifespan. Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive. 20 (1-2)

(2001). Understanding strategy selection. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 54 (1)

(2000). An experimental study of strategy development. Memory & Cognition. 28 (4)

(2000). Context, visual salience, and inductive reasoning. Thinking & Reasoning. 6 (4)

(2000). Strategies in relational inference. Thinking & Reasoning. 6 (1)

(1999). Predicting Belief in Paranormal Phenomena: A Comparison of Conditional and Probabilistic Reasoning. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 13 (5)

(1998). Inspection Times and the Selection Task: Are They Relevant?. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 51 (4)

(1998). How Should Relevance be Defined? What Does Inspection Time Measure? A Reply to Evans. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 51 (4)

(1997). Individual differences and strategy selection in reasoning. British Journal of Psychology. 88 (3)

(1997). On dichotomies and deductive reasoning research. CAHIERS DE PSYCHOLOGIE COGNITIVE-CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY OF COGNITION. 16 (1-2)

(1996). Reasoning with Raven - with and without help. British Journal of Educational Psychology. 66 (4)

(1996). Putting context into context: a rejoinder to Richardson. British Journal of Educational Psychology. 66 (4)

(1996). Putting context into context: A rejoinder. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. 66

(1994). The sentence-picture verification task: Methodological and theoretical difficulties. British Journal of Psychology. 85 (3)

(1993). Human reasoning: Deduction rules or mental models, or both?. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A. 46 (4)

(1993). Strategy Selection and Metacognition. Educational Psychology. 13 (3-4)

(1988). Strategical invariance in lexical access: The reappearance of the pseudohomophone effect. Canadian Journal of Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie. 42 (1)

Chapters (3)

(2016). From reasoning and intelligence research to information design: Understanding and optimising the usability and acceptability of schematic transit maps. The Thinking Mind: A Festschrift for Ken Manktelow. The Thinking Mind: A Festschrift for Ken Manktelow. 178. 190. 9781317384083

(2013). Drawing Metro Maps Using B�zier Curves. Graph Drawing. Graph Drawing. 463. 474

(2005). Individual Differences in the Development of Reasoning Strategies. Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making. Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making. 23. 43. 9780471494577

Conferences (3)

(2014). Schematic maps in the laboratory

(2014). What?s your theory of effective schematic map design?

(2000). Individual differences in reasoning strategies: A problem to solve or an opportunity to seize?

Books (1)

(2012).Underground Maps Unravelled: Explorations in Information Design. Maxwell J Roberts. 9780957266407

Contact

mjr@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873797

Location:

3.707, Colchester Campus