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Richard Tunney



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    Head of Psychology and Audiology

    Research Interests

    I am an experimental cognitive psychologist by background. Most of my research is on judgement and decision-making. In recent years, I have focussed on surrogate decision-making (DMfO), behavioural addiction and impulsivity. Other research interests include: implicit learning and categorization, episodic memory, second-language acquisition, and pro-social behaviour. 


    For more information see my ResearchGate profile and GoogleScholar profile.

    Teaching Activity

    • Judgement and decision-making (PY3023)

    PhD Supervision

    • Jodie Raybould


    • 2018 - present: Professor and Head of Psychology, Aston University.
    • 2006 - 2018: Associate Professor, University of Nottingham.
    • 2004 - 2006: Lecturer in Human Experimental Psychology, University of Nottingham.
    • 2002 - 2004: Lecturer in Psychology, Keele University.
    • 2001 - 2002: Senior Research Fellow, University College London.
    • 1999 - 2001: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College London.


    • 1996 - 1999: DPhil Psychology, University of York.
    • 1993 - 1996: BSc Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex.

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0) 121 204 3685
    Room number: SW612A

    Education/Academic qualification


    Award Date: 1 Jun 1999


    • BF Psychology
    • decision-making
    • addiction
    • signal detection theory
    • DMfO

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    Research Output

    A mixed methods investigation of end-of-life surrogate decisions among older adults

    Batteux, E., Ferguson, E. & Tunney, R., 2 Apr 2020, In : BMC Palliative Care. 19, 1, p. 44 44.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open letter from UK based academic scientists to the secretaries of state for digital, culture, media and sport and for health and social care regarding the need for independent funding for the prevention and treatment of gambling harms

    Wardle, H., Banks, J., Bebbington, P., Blank, L., Bowden Jones Obe, H., Bramley, S., Bunn, C., Casey, E., Cassidy, R., Chamberlain, S. R., Close, J., Critchlow, N., Dobbie, F., Downs, C., Dymond, S., Fino, E., Goyder, E., Gray, C., Griffiths, M., Grindrod, P. & 28 others, Hogan, L., Hoon, A., Hunt, K., James, R., John, B., Manthorpe, J., Mccambridge, J., Mcdaid, D., Mckee, M., Mcmanus, S., Moss, A., Norrie, C., Nutt, D. J., Orford, J., Pryce, R., Purves, R., Reith, G., Roberts, A., Roberts, E., Roderique-davies, G., Rogers, J., Rogers, R. D., Sharman, S., Strang, J., Tunney, R., Turner, J., West, R. & Zendle, D., 1 Jul 2020, In : British Medical Journal. 370, m2613.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter, comment or opinion

    Open Access

    Towards a cross-cultural assessment of binge-watching: Psychometric evaluation of the “watching TV series motives” and “binge-watching engagement and symptoms” questionnaires across nine languages

    Flayelle, M., Castro-calvo, J., Vögele, C., Astur, R., Ballester-arnal, R., Challet-bouju, G., Brand, M., Cárdenas, G., Devos, G., Elkholy, H., Grall-bronnec, M., James, R. J. E., Jiménez-martínez, M., Khazaal, Y., Valizadeh-haghi, S., King, D., Liu, Y., Lochner, C., Steins-loeber, S., Long, J. & 10 others, Potenza, M. N., Rahmatizadeh, S., Schimmenti, A., Stein, D. J., Tóth-király, I., Tunney, R., Wang, Y., Zhai, Z. W., Maurage, P. & Billieux, J., Oct 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 111, 106410.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Book review: Michael J Beran. Self-control in animals and people

    Tunney, R., 1 Sep 2019, In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 72, 9, p. 2362-2364

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Do our risk preferences change when we make decisions for others? A meta-analysis of self-other differences in decisions involving risk

    Batteux, E., Ferguson, E. & Tunney, R., 8 May 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 5, e0216566.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access