Dr Caren Frosch

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Judgment and Decision Making research group

Contact details

Email: c.frosch@le.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)116 2297188
Fax: +44 (0)116 2297196

Room 5.20
Centre for Medicine
Lancaster Road
University of Leicester
Leicester
LE1 9HN
UK

Personal details

  • Psychology PhD, Trinity College Dublin
  • Statistics diploma, Trinity College Dublin
  • BSc Psychology, University of Sheffield
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (University of Leicester)

I am a member of the Judgment and Decision Making research group and of the Health and Psychological Wellbeing research group. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am my department's Equality Officerv and Research Staff Advisor.

Websites

Research

My research interests centre on the following topics:

• Judgment and decision making in adults and children
• Counterfactual thinking
• Causal reasoning
• Reasoning and mathematical ability
• Decision making under stress
• Risk taking
• Fast and frugal heuristics
• Deductive reasoning
• Unconscious bias

Publications

Pulford, B. D., Colman, A. M., & Frosch, C. A.  (2016-2018). £26,039 (£134,293 FEC) awarded by the Leicester Judgment and Decision Making Endowment to study ‘Comparisons, Confidence, and Causality in Decision Making’.

Egan, S. M., & Frosch, C. A. (2014). €734.05 awarded by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Seed Funding Scheme to study "The role of causal status in blame assignments”.

Frosch, C. A., (2013-2014). £2500 awarded by the Experimental Psychology Society, Small Grants Scheme to study “Counterfactual Thinking and Regulatory Focus in Self/Other Decision Making”.

Egan, S. M., & Frosch, C. A. (2012). €1,101 awarded by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Seed Funding Scheme for "The influence of cognitive factors in health related decision making".

Egan, S. M., & Frosch, C. A. (2010). €905.57 awarded by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Seed Funding Scheme for "Counterfactual thinking and enablers".

Frosch, C. A. (2007). £85,556.80 (£104,264.58 FEC) awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on "Cognitive processes in causal and counterfactual thinking".

Recent Publications

Colman, A. M., Krockow, E. M., Frosch, C. A., & Pulford, B. D. (2017). Rationality and backward induction in Centipede games. In N. Galbraith, E. Lucas, & D. E. Over (Eds.), The thinking mind: A Festschrift for Ken Manktelow (pp. 139–150). London: Routledge.

Colman, A. M., & Frosch, C. A. (2016). Hans Eysenck and the Jewish question: Genealogical investigations. Personality and Individual Differences, 103, 195–199. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.006

Maltby, J., Day, L., Hatcher, R., Tazzyman, S., Flowe, H.D., Palmer, E.J., Frosch, C.A., O'Reilly, M., Jones, C., Buckley, C., Knieps, M., & Cutts, K. (2015). Implicit theories of online trolling: Evidence that attention-seeking conceptions are associated with increased psychological resilience. British Journal of Psychology.

McCormack, T., Bramley, N., Frosch, C.A., Patrick, F., & Lagnado, D. (2016). Children's use of interventions to learn causal structure. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 141, 1-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2015.06.017

McCormack, T., Frosch, C.A., Patrick, F., & Lagnado, D. (2015). Temporal and Statistical Information in Causal Structure Learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41(2), 395-416. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038385

Frosch, C.A., Egan, S.M., & Hancock, E. (2015). The effect of controllability and causality on counterfactual thinking. Thinking & Reasoning, 21 (3), 317-340.

Frosch, C.A., McCloy, R., Beaman, C.P., & Goddard, K. (2015). Time to decide? Simplicity and congruity in comparative judgment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41, 42-54.

Frosch, C.A. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2012). Causal conditionals and counterfactuals. Acta Psychologica. 141, 54-66.

Frosch, C. A., McCormack, T., Lagnado, D. A. and Burns, P. (2012). Are Causal Structure and Intervention Judgments Inextricably Linked? A Developmental Study. Cognitive Science. 36, 261-285.

Frosch, C. A. & Johnson-Laird, P. N. (2011). Is everyday causation deterministic or probabilistic? Acta Psychologica. 137, 280 - 291.

McCormack, T., Frosch, C.A., & Burns, P. (2011). The relationship between children’s causal and counterfactual judgments. In C. Hoerl, T. McCormack, & S. R. Beck (Eds.), Understanding counterfactuals, understanding causation: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Beaman, C.P., Smith, P. T., Frosch, C.A., & McCloy, R. (2010). Less-is-more effects without the recognition heuristic. Judgment and Decision Making, 5, 258-271.

McCloy, R., Beaman, C.P., Frosch, C.A., & Goddard, K. (2010). Fast and frugal framing effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 36(4), 1043-1052.

Frosch, C.A., Beaman, C.P. & McCloy, R. (2007). A little learning is a dangerous thing: An experimental demonstration of ignorance-driven inference.The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 6(10), 1329-1336.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Frosch, C.A. & Simms, V. (2015). Understanding the role of reasoning ability in mathematical achievement. In G.Airenti, B. G. Bara, & G. Sandini (Eds.), Proceedings of the EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science (pp. 633-638). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Frosch, C.A., & Johnson-Laird, P.N. (2009). Is causation probabilistic? In N. Taatgen, H. van Rijn, L. Schomaker & J. Nerbonne (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 195-200). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Egan, S.M., Frosch, C.A., & Hancock, E. (2008). Thinking counterfactually - how controllability affects the ‘undoing’ of causes and enablers. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1152-1157). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Frosch, C.A., Beaman, C.P., & McCloy, R. (2007). Deciding the price of fame. In D. S. McNamara & J. G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1001-1005). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Frosch, C.A., Johnson-Laird, P.N., & Cowley, M. (2007). It’s not my fault, Your Honor, I’m only the enabler. In D. S. McNamara & J. G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 1755). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Frosch, C.A., & Johnson-Laird, P.N. (2006). The revision of beliefs about causes and enabling conditions. In R. Sun (Ed.). Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1329-1333). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Teaching

I teach reasoning and judgment and decision making on various cognitive psychology modules as well as research methods and statistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhD study in:

Previous supervision

  • Jolyon Faro (co-supervised with Douglas Barrett) - Decision making and perception during high stress and high threat situations encountered by firearms officers.
  • Dhipteen Kaur Braich (co-supervised with Briony Pulford)

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