Paul Wilson

Professor Paul Wilson

Professor of Psychology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Life Sciences

Summary

Paul Wilson researches the basic learning mechanisms which are common to people and other animals. Chief among these are associative and spatial learning - understanding how we acquire knowledge about the causal and spatial structure of the world is fundamental to all learning. These interests developed from his PhD at the University of Sussex.

Journal Article

Failure to demonstrate short-cutting in a replication and extension of Tolman et al.’s spatial learning experiment with humans

Wilson, S. P., & Wilson, P. N. (2018). Failure to demonstrate short-cutting in a replication and extension of Tolman et al.’s spatial learning experiment with humans. PloS one, 13(12), e0208794. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208794

The first-perspective alignment effect: The role of environmental complexity and familiarity with surroundings

Tlauka, M., Carter, P., Mahlberg, T., & Wilson, P. N. (2011). The first-perspective alignment effect: The role of environmental complexity and familiarity with surroundings. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(11), 2236-2250. doi:10.1080/17470218.2011.586710

Blocking of goal-location learning based on shape

Alexander, T., Wilson, S. P., & Wilson, P. N. (2009). Blocking of goal-location learning based on shape. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, 35(3), 694-708. doi:10.1037/a0015124

Blocking of spatial learning between enclosure geometry and a local landmark.

Wilson, P. N., & Alexander, T. (2008). Blocking of spatial learning between enclosure geometry and a local landmark. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, 34(6), 1369-1376. doi:10.1037/a0013011

Enclosure shape influences cue competition effects and goal location learning

Wilson, P. N., & Alexander, T. (2010). Enclosure shape influences cue competition effects and goal location learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(8), 1552-1567. doi:10.1080/17470210903428761

Postgraduate supervision

Prof Wilson welcomes applications to investigate spatial learning, associative learning, and computer gaming. Completed PhDs - Michael Tlauka, Spatial learning in computer-simulated environments (1995). Now Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. - Danaë Stanton Fraser, Enhancing spatial cognition in disabled children using virtual environments (1997). Now Professor in Human Computer Interaction at the University of Bath - Diane Wildbur, The first-perspective alignment effect: Spatial memories from verbal descriptions, virtual environments and object arrays (2004). Now Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester. - Tim Alexander, Cue competition between shapes in human spatial learning (2009). Now a research co-ordinator at the University of Hull. - Pelham Carter, Interactions between sources of alignment in human spatial learning (2012). Now Senior Lecturer in Cyberpsychology at Birmingham City University.