Ben Parris

Dr Ben Parris

  • 01202 965485
  • bparris at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Associate Professor
  • Poole House P331, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

After completing his DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex in 2005, Dr Parris went on to the University of Exeter as a post-doc on a Wellcome Trust funded project entitled 'Self-control and monitoring functions in the human frontal cortex’ with Dr. Tim L. Hodgson. Utilizing functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), eye-tracking and patient data this project produced work highlighting the role of dorso-lateral and medial frontal areas in the control of attention and rule-guided behaviour. A further post-doc entitled 'Neuroimaging of emotion and decision-making' at the University of Oxford with Prof. Edmund Rolls explored the role of more anterior and subcortical areas in the processing of primary rewards and supportive attentional / decision-making mechanisms. Joining BU in 2008, Dr. Parris' work has since concentrated on investigating attentional control in hypnosis and suggestion and in non-neurotypical populations such as people with ADHD.

Research

My research interests focus on the control of attention. To better understand this process I employ behavioural, eye tracking and brain-based methods. I am particularly interested in investigating individual differences in the control of attention in hypnotic suggestibility and in ADHD and what these differences tell us about the role of interacting variables such as motivation, reward and consciousness in the control of attention.

Favourites

  • Parris, B.A., 2014. Task conflict in the Stroop task: Stroop interference decreases whilst Stroop facilitation increases in a low task conflict context. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Parris, B.A., Dienes, Z., Bate, S. and Gothard, S., 2014. Oxytocin impedes the effect of the word blindness post-hypnotic suggestion on Stroop task performance. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 9 (7), 895-899.
  • Parris, B.A., Dienes, Z. and Hodgson, T.L., 2012. Temporal constraints of the word blindness posthypnotic suggestion on Stroop task performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38 (4), 833-837.
  • Parris, B.A., Bate, S., Brown, S.D. and Hodgson, T.L., 2012. Facilitating goal-oriented behaviour in the Stroop task: when executive control is influenced by automatic processing. PLoS One, 7 (10), e46994.
  • Grabenhorst, F., De Souza, A., Parris, B., Rolls, E.T. and Passingham, R., 2010. A common neural scale for the subjective pleasantness of different primary rewards. NeuroImage, 51, 1265-1274.
  • Rolls, E.T., Grabenhorst, F. and Parris, B., 2010. Neural systems underlying decisions about affective odors. Journal Of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22 (5), 1069-1082.
  • Grabenhorst, F., Rolls, E.T., Parris, B.A. and De Souza, A., 2009. How the brain represents the reward value of fat in the mouth. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Parris, B., Kuhn, G., Mizon, G.A., Benattayallah, A. and Hodgson, T.L., 2009. Imaging the impossible: An fMRI study of impossible causal relationships in magic tricks. NeuroImage, 45, 1033-1039.
  • Grabenhorst, F., Rolls, E.T. and Parris, B., 2008. From Affective Value to Decision-Making in the Prefrontal Cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 1930-1939.
  • Hodgson, T.L., Chamberlain, M., Parris, B., James, M., Gutowski, N., Husain, M. and Kennard, C., 2007. The Role of the Ventrolateral Frontal Cortex in Inhibitory Oculomotor Control. Brain, 130, 1525-1537.
  • Parris, B., Thai, N., Benattayallah, A., Summers, I. and Hodgson, T.L., 2007. The Role of the Lateral Prefrontal Cortex and Anterior Cingulate in Stimulus- Response Association Reversals. Journal Of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 13-24.
  • Parris, B., Sharma, D. and Weekes, B.S., 2007. An Optimal Viewing Position Effect in the Stroop Task When Only One Letter Is the Color Carrier. Experimental Psychology, 54, 273-280.
  • Parris, B. and Weekes, B.S., 2001. Action Naming in Dementia. Neurocase, 7, 459-471.

Journal Articles

Conferences

  • Parris, B. and Hasshim, N., 2016. Trial type mixing modulates response set membership effects in the Stroop task. In: British Psychological Society Meeting April 2016 Nottingham.
  • Elisa, R. and Parris, B., 2015. To explore or exploit? Using pupillometry to track norepinephrine activity in adults with ADHD symptoms. In: Meeting of the Psychonomic Society November 2015 Chicago.
  • Elisa, R. and Parris, B., 2015. To explore or exploit? Using pupillometry to track norepinephrine activity in adults with ADHD symptoms. In: European Conference on Eye Movements August 2015 Vienna.
  • Hasshim, N. and Parris, B., 2015. Trial type mixing modulates response set membership effects in the Stroop task. In: Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society 8-10 April 2015 Leeds.
  • Elisa, R. and Parris, B.A., 2015. Exploring the relationship between inattention and working memory in adults. In: Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society 8-10 April 2015 Leeds.
  • Elisa, R. and Parris, B., 2015. To explore or exploit? Using pupillometry to track norepinephrine activity in adults with ADHD symptoms. In: TeaP 8-11 March 2015 Hildesheim.
  • Hasshim, N. and Parris, B.A., 2014. Response set membership effects in pure vs. mixed contexts. In: Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society 16-18 July 2014 Newcastle.
  • Parris, B.A., Dienes, Z. and Hodgson, T.L., 2012. Temporal constraints of the word-blindness post-hypnotic suggestion on Stroop task performance. In: Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society 5-8 September 2012 Hull.
  • Parris, B.A., Bate, S. and Hodgson, T.L., 2010. Facilitating goal maintenance in the Stroop task. Paper presented at the , Cardiff. In: Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Society Cognitive Section 6-8 September 2010 Cardiff, UK.
  • Hodgson, T.L., Parris, B., Benattayallah, A. and Summers, I., 2009. Multimodal and unimodal areas for rule based behavioural control. In: 16th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society 21-24 March 2009 Hyatt Regency San Francisco.
  • Parris, B., Grabenhorst, F., Rolls, E.T., Kadohisa, M. and De Souza, A., 2009. How the brain represents the reward value of fat in the mouth. In: Neuroscience 2009: Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 17-21 October 2009 Chicago, USA.
  • De Souza, A., Grabenhorst, F., Parris, B., Rolls, E.T. and Passingham, R., 2009. A common neural scale for subjective value of different primary rewards. In: Neuroscience 2009: Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 17-21 October 2009 Chicago, USA.
  • Parris, B., Bate, S. and Hodgson, T.L., 2008. Prime speed for selective attention in the Stroop task. In: Meeting of the British Psychological Society: Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section 22 November 2008 London.
  • Parris, B., Bate, S. and Hodgson, T.L., 2008. Prime speed for selective attention in the Stroop task. In: Meeting of the British Psychological Society: Cognitive Psychology Section 8-10 September 2008 Southampton.
  • Dienes, Z. and Parris, B., 2008. Unconsciously reading words. In: Annual Meeting of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis 15-18 May 2008 London.
  • Rolls, E.T., Grabenhorst, F. and Parris, B., 2008. Neural systems underlying decisions about affective odours. In: Neuroscience 2008: Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 15-19 November 2008 Washington D.C..
  • Grabenhorst, F., Rolls, E.T. and Parris, B., 2008. From affective value to decision making in the brain. In: Neuroscience 2008: Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 15-19 November 2008 Washington D.C..
  • Bradley, V., Davies, R., Parris, B., Fan Su, I. and Weekes, B.S., 2006. Age of Acquisition Effects on Action Naming in Progressive Fluent Aphasia. 117-118.
  • Parris, B. and Weekes, B.S., 2006. Naming Actions and Objects in Dementia. 119-120.
  • Parris, B., 2006. An oculomotor Stroop task: Capture, control and cognition. In: Invited talk February 2006 University of Durham.,England.
  • Hodgson, T.L. and Parris, B., 2006. The role of the ventrolateral frontal cortex in volitional oculomotor control. In: Neuroscience 2006: Annual Meeting for the Society for Neuroscience 14-18 October 2006 Altanta, Georgia.
  • Parris, B., Kuhn, G. and Hodgson, T.L., 2006. Imaging the impossible:an fMRI study of violations in cause and effect relations in magic tricks. In: Neuroscience 2006: Annual Meeting for the Society for Neuroscience 14-18 October 2006 Altanta, Georgia.
  • Parris, B., 2005. The use of fMRI in the study of language. In: Invited lecture April 2005 University of Fribourg, Switzerland..
  • Parris, B., 2005. The prefrontal cortex in action. In: Invited talk November 2005 University of Kent, England.
  • Weekes, B.S., Davies, R., Parris, B. and Robinson, G., 2002. Age of Acquisition effects of spelling in surface dysgraphia. In: Experimental Psychological Society 9-11 April 2002 Department of Psychology, University of Leuven, Belgium.
  • Weekes, B.S. and Parris, B., 2001. Action Naming in Dementia. In: British Psychological Society Cognitive Psychology Section 17th Annual Conference September 2000 University of Essex. The British Psychological Society Vol 9 (2), 127.
  • Parris, B. and Weekes, B.S., 2000. Do actions speak louder than words? In: British Psychological Society: Cognitive Section Meeting September 2000 University College London.

PhD Students

  • Dawid Pekalski, 2020. Understanding political engagement
  • Dawid Pekalski. The role of rational choice, social identity and neurocognitive ability in voting behaviour
  • Adam Eason. Self- vs. Hetero-Hypnosis
  • Gizem Arabaci. Inattention and Mind Wandering
  • Anna Bobak. Investigation of Super Face Recognisers
  • Rebecca Elisa. Inattention, Working Memory and Self-Regulation
  • Olivier De Condappa, 2016. Wayfinding in young and old adults
  • Nabil Hassim, 2016. Investigating trial types putatively evidencing semantic conflict in the Stroop task

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Cognitive and Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Project Supervision
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Key Transferable Skills

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Project Supervision
  • Mind, Brain and Evolution
  • Personality, Intelligence and Individual DIfferences

Invited Lectures

  • Modifying the Stroop effect
  • Distributional analysis and the Stroop task
  • The Stroop task and the word blindness suggestion effect
  • Hypnosis and Suggestion

Grants

  • The influence of different task instructions and priming on antisaccade performance in healthy young and healthy older adults (Nuffield, 06 Jun 2011). Awarded
  • Effects of anxiety on sustained attention in an oculomotor Stroop task (Nuffield, 06 Jun 2011). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, Review Editor (2015-)
  • Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science, Review Editor (2015-)
  • Medical Research Council, Grant Reviewer (2014-)
  • ESRC, Rapporteur for Quality and Impact (2013-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, Faculty Research Degree Committee
  • Member, Graduate School Research Degrees Committee
  • Member, Sponsorship and Clinical Governance Steering Committee
  • Chair, Psychology Research Committee
  • Unit of Assessment Leader (UoA4), Psychology
  • Head of Research, Psychology

Conference Presentations

  • Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), 08 Mar 2015, Hildesheim
  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS), 08 Apr 2015, Leeds, UK
  • European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM), 16 Aug 2015, Vienna, Austria

Attended Training

  • Impact Development Day, 06 Nov 2015

Qualifications

  • PGCert in Research Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2011)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (with studies in Europe) (University of Kent, 2000)
  • DPhil in Experimental Psychology (University of Sussex, 2005)

Memberships

  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Member (2016-),
  • Experimental Psychology Society, Member,
  • Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow (2015-),
  • Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies, Member (2015-), http://www.placebosociety.org/

External Media and Press

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