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Professor Kevin Riggs

Professor of Psychology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology and Social Work

Summary

Kevin Riggs has research interests in cognition and development. He is particularly interested higher cognitive functions, including social and logical reasoning, imaginative thinking, the executive functions, and, more recently, language. His research has been funded by various universities as well as the Economic and Social Research Council, the NHS, the French Centre for scientific research (CNRS) and the European Science Foundation. He joined the University of Hull in 2011 after lecturing posts in Sheffield, Birmingham and London.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Rethinking egocentric bias: a computer mouse tracking study of adult belief processing

O'Connor, R., Lucas, A., & Riggs, K. (in press). Rethinking egocentric bias: a computer mouse tracking study of adult belief processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0001485

The relationship between depressive symptoms and positive emotional anticipation of goal achievement

Anderson, R. J., Clayton McClure, J. H., Boland, J., Howe, D., Riggs, K. J., & Dewhurst, S. A. (2023). The relationship between depressive symptoms and positive emotional anticipation of goal achievement. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 14(1), https://doi.org/10.1177/20438087231164963

The approximate number system and mathematics achievement: it's complicated. A thorough investigation of different ANS measures and executive functions in mathematics achievement in children

Coolen, I. E., Riggs, K. J., Bugler, M., & Castronovo, J. (in press). The approximate number system and mathematics achievement: it's complicated. A thorough investigation of different ANS measures and executive functions in mathematics achievement in children. Journal of cognitive psychology, https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2022.2044338

Autistic Adults Show Similar Performance and Sensitivity to Social Cues on a Visual Perspective Taking Task as Non-autistic Adults

O’Connor, R. J., Plant, J. L., & Riggs, K. J. (in press). Autistic Adults Show Similar Performance and Sensitivity to Social Cues on a Visual Perspective Taking Task as Non-autistic Adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05480-8

Stroop interference is a composite phenomenon: Evidence from distinct developmental trajectories of its components

Ferrand, L., Ducrot, S., Chausse, P., Maïonchi‐Pino, N., O’Connor, R. J., Parris, B. A., …Augustinova, M. (2020). Stroop interference is a composite phenomenon: Evidence from distinct developmental trajectories of its components. Developmental Science, 23(2), Article e12899. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12899

Co-investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

The pull of reality: Egocentric bias in adult theory of mind

Funder

ESRC Economic & Social Research Council

Grant

£166,720.00

Started

9 July 2021

Status

Complete

Project

Using Positive Simulation Training to improve expectations about the future in depression

Funder

ESRC Economic & Social Research Council

Grant

£494,996.00

Started

1 February 2019

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Riggs welcomes applications from students interested in word learning, action learning, tool use, theory of mind, and counterfactual thinking.

Completed PhDs (as both 1st or 2nd supervisor)

Dr Cathy Grant (1999) Autism and theory of mind

Dr Andrew Simpson (2004) Cognitive development / inhibitory processing

Dr Dan Carroll (2004) Cognitive development / executive functions

Dr Helen Broadley (2011) Autism and Counseling

Dr Amanda Holland (2014) Fast mapping / word learning

Dr Sharon Cox (2014) Theory of mind and addiction

Dr Iveta Eimontaite (2016) Neural correlates of decision making

Dr Dane Rowley (2016) Moral & social reasoning in TBI patients

Dr Erin Dysart (2016 ) Action & word learning

Dr Jennifer Boland (2017) Hypothetical thinking in depression

Dr Wan Ying Zhao (2017) Neural correlates of gesture processing

Dr Ilse Coolen (2018) Mathematical cognition in children

Dr Andrew Lucas (2020) Word learning in adults

Dr Lee Parkin (2021) Neural correlates of spatial processing

Current students

Shamini Howshigan: Improving recycling behaviour

Tom Peney: Cognitive processes in VR

Alex Smith: Knowledge and belief processing

Thomas Thompson: Automaticity of visual perspective-taking

Journal editorial role

Editor: Frontiers in Psychology

2015

Editor: Child Development Research

2011

Editor: L' Annee Psychologie

2009

Other

ESRC college of reviewers

2008

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