My PhD in Psychology was awarded by the University of Nottingham in 2007. I used laboratory-based behavioural experiments to investigate the factors involved in learning on a popular decision-making task: the Iowa Gambling Task.
I then carried out post-doctoral research on the relationships between impulsivity, attentional bias and alcohol consumption in adolescents, at the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool until 2010.
Prior to my PhD research I was involved in research at the University of Keele and the University of St Andrews in the UK, and at Emory University in the the USA.
Decision-making, impulsivity, inhibitory control, and the role of emotion in these processes. I am also interested in the development of addiction.
I am employed by the Scottish Mental Health Research Network http://www.smhrn.org.uk/ to facilitate ongoing research in the Department of Mental Health here in Aberdeen.
I am also following up on my post-doctoral research from Liverpool as well as planning research into how models of addiction differ across substance user populations. I also have a number of experiments extending my PhD planned and awaiting funding.
Contributions to Journals
- Fernie, G., Christiansen, P., Cole, J., Rose, A. & Field, M. (2012). 'Effects of 0.4g/kg alcohol on attentional bias and alcohol-seeking behaviour in heavy and moderate social drinkers'. Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol 26, no. 7, pp. 1017-1025.
[Online] DOI: 10.1177/0269881111434621
- Tunney, RJ. & Fernie, G. (2012). 'Episodic and prototype models of category learning'. Cognitive Processing, vol 13, no. 1, pp. 41-54.
[Online] DOI: 10.1007/s10339-011-0403-2
- Jones, A., Guerrieri, R., Fernie, G., Cole, J., Goudie, A. & Field, M. (2011). 'The effects of priming restrained versus disinhibited behaviour on alcohol-seeking in social drinkers'. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol 113, no. 1, pp. 55-61.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.07.006
- Matt, F., Caren, R., Fernie, G. & De Houwer, J. (2011). 'Alcohol approach tendencies in heavy drinkers: Comparison of effects in a Relevant Stimulus-Response Compatibility Task and an approach / avoidance Simon task'. Psychology of Addictive Behaviours, vol 25, no. 4, pp. 697-701.
[Online] DOI: 10.1037/a0023285
- Matt, F., Hogarth, L., Bleasdale, D., Wright, P., Fernie, G. & Christiansen, P. (2011). 'Alcohol expectancy moderates attentional bias for alcohol cues in light drinkers'. Addiction, vol 106, no. 6, pp. 1097-1103.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03412.x
- Fernie, G., Cole, JC., Goudie, AJ. & Field, M. (2010). 'Risk-taking but not response inhibition or delay discounting predict alcohol consumption in social drinkers'. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol 112, no. 1-2, pp. 54-61.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.05.011
- Tunney, RJ., Fernie, G. & Astle, DE. (2010). 'An ERP Analysis of Recognition and Categorization Decisions in a Prototype-Distortion Task'. PLoS ONE, vol 5, no. 4, e10116.
[Online] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010116
- Stephens, R., Rutherford, A., Potter, D. & Fernie, G. (2010). 'Neuropsychological Consequence of Soccer Play in Adolescent U.K. School Team Soccer Players'. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 295-303.
[Online] DOI: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.22.3.295
- Rutherford, A., Stephens, R., Fernie, G. & Potter, D. (2009). 'Do UK university football club players suffer neuropsychological impairment as a consequence of their football (soccer) play?'. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, vol 31, no. 6, pp. 664-681.
- Tunney, RJ. & Fernie, G. (2007). 'Repetition priming affects guessing not familiarity'. Behavioral and Brain Functions, vol 3, 40.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1744-9081-3-40
- Fernie, G. & Tunney, RJ. (2006). 'Some decks are better than others: The effect of reinforcer type and task instructions on learning in the Iowa Gambling Task'. Brain and Cognition, vol 60, no. 1, pp. 94-102.
- Stephens, R., Rutherford, A., Potter, D. & Fernie, G. (2005). 'Neuropsychological impairment as a consequence of football (soccer) play and football heading: A preliminary analysis and report on school students (13-16 years)'. Child Neuropsychology, vol 11, no. 6, pp. 513-526.
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/092970490959629
- Rutherford, A. & Fernie, G. (2005). 'The accuracy of footballers' frequency estimates of their own football heading'. Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol 19, no. 4, pp. 477-487.
[Online] DOI: 10.1002/acp.1091
- Rutherford, A., Stephens, R., Potter, D. & Fernie, G. (2005). 'Neuropsychological impairment as a consequence of football (soccer) play and football heading: Preliminary analyses and report on university footballers'. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, vol 27, no. 3, pp. 299-319.
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/13803390490515504
Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings
- Tunney, RJ. & Fernie, G. (2010). 'Emotion influences decision-making: Effects of emotional reinforcement on learning in the Iowa gambling task'. in AM Columbus (ed.), Advances in Psychology Research. vol. 62, Advances in psychology research, vol. 62, Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY, USA, pp. 255-267.
- Fernie, G. & Tunney, RJ. (2008). 'Decision-making in the Iowa Gambling Task'. in GR Burthold (ed.), Psychology of Decision Making in Legal, Health Care and Science Settings. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY, USA.
- Fernie, G. & Tunney, RJ. (2006). 'Somatic markers, conscious knowledge, and decision making on the Iowa Gambling Task'. in Proceedings of the Experimental Psychology Society.: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 12 edn, vol. 59.