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 I am my department's 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

Funding

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)
  • Jesica Gomez-Sanchez (visiting from University of Granada, Oct 2017-Dec 2017 and Sep 2018-Nov 2018)
  • Francesco Peana (Erasmus internship 2018)

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