Dr Ed Stupple

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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I graduated with BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Derby in 1998 and went on to graduate with an MSc in Cognitive Psychology in 2001. I completed my Ph.D. in March 2007 and am employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology department. My PhD concerned strategies and processing in syllogistic reasoning using a computer based inspection time and process tracing methodology, in order to test current theories of syllogistic inference.

I developed an online MSc Psychology conversion programme which was the first of its kind to be accredited by the British Psychology Society and have lead this programme since 2011. I have also lead modules on research methods, cognitive psychology and on the psychology of rationality. Currently I am the Cognitive Psychology lead and run the Skills and Careers for Psychology 1 module. 

Teaching responsibilities

I have a range of teaching responsibilities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These are predominantly focused on cognitive psychology and research methods.

Research interests

My research interests include deductive, inductive and probabilistic reasoning. I am also interested in bias and rationality in people's beliefs, decision making and inference. I am particularly interested in dual process accounts of reasoning, decision making and bias that emphasise the interplay between fast intuitive and emotional processing and slow, controlled analytic processing. I am also interested in critical thinking  argumentation, and authorial identity in an academic context. I also have research interests in quality of life among carers and emotional intelligence.

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Derby

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MSc Cognitive Psychology, University of Derby

Research qualifications

  • PhD Inspection-Time Analysis of Syllogistic Reasoning Processes, University of Derby

Recent publications

Aubeeluck, A., Dorey, J., Toomi, M., Stupple, E.J.N. et al. (2013) Validity and Reliability of the Huntington's Disease Quality of Life Battery for carers (HDQoL-C): French, Italian and Swedish versions. Quality of Life Research, 1093-8 

Aubeeluck A. Buchanan H. & Stupple E.J.N (2012). “All the burden on all the carers” – Exploring the notion of Quality of Life with family caregivers of Huntington’s Disease patients. Quality of Life Research, 21, 8, 1425-1435. 

Aubeeluck, A., Buchanan, H., & Stupple E.J.N (2013). A Psychometric Comparison of Two Carer Quality of Life Questionnaires in Huntington's Disease: Implications for Neurodegenerative Disorders-A response to: Hagell and Smith (2013) Journal of Huntington's Disease 2 (3) 315–322. Journal of Huntington's Disease, 2(4), 453-454. 

Aubeeluck, A., Wilson, E. & Stupple, E.J.N. (2011). Obtaining quality of life for Huntington's disease patients and their families. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 7 (5), 634-638

Aubeeluck, A., Stacey, G., & Stupple, E. J. (2016). Do graduate entry nursing student’s experience ‘Imposter Phenomenon’?: An issue for debate. Nurse Education in Practice.

Ball L. J. & Stupple, E. J. N. (2016) Dual-Reasoning Processes and the Resolution of Uncertainty: The Case of Belief Bias. In Laura Macchi, Maria Bagassi, and Riccardo Viale (Eds.) Cognitive Unconscious and Human Rationality, MIT Press, Cambridge.  

Cheung, K. F. Y., Stupple, E. J. N. & Elander, J. (2015). Development and validation of the Student Attitudes and Beliefs about Authorship Scale (SABAS): A psychometrically robust measure of authorial identity. Studies in Higher Education

Christensen, M., Aubeeluck, A., Fergusson, D., Craft, J., Knight, J., Wirihana, L., & Stupple, E.J.N. (2016). Do student nurses experience Imposter Phenomenon? An international comparison of Final Year Undergraduate Nursing Students readiness for registration. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Clewley, R., & Stupple, E. J. N. (2015). The vulnerability of rules in complex work environments: dynamism and uncertainty pose problems for cognition. Ergonomics58(6), 935-941.

Duro E., Elander, J. Maratos, F. A., Stupple, E. J. N.* & Aubeeluck, A. V. (2013). In Search of Critical Thinking in Psychology: An Exploration of Student and Tutor Understanding in Higher Education.  Psychology Learning and Teaching 12(3), 275-281.

Luo, J.,  Liu, X., Stupple, E.J.N.* Zhang, E ., Xiao, X. Jia, L., Yang, Q., Li, H., & Zhang, Q., (2013). Cognitive control in belief-laden reasoning during conclusion processing: An ERP study, International Journal of Psychology, 48 (3), 224-231. 

Luo, J., Tang, X., Zhang, E., & Stupple, E. J. N.* (2014). The neural correlates of belief-bias inhibition: the impact of logic training. Biological psychology, 103, 276-282.

Simonovic, B., Stupple, E. J. N., Gale, M., Sheffield, D. (2016) Stress and Risky Decision-making: Cognitive Reflection, Emotional Learning or Both? Journal of Behavioural Decision Making

Stupple, E.J.N., & Ball, L.J. (2007). Figural effects in a syllogistic evaluation paradigm: An inspection-time analysis. Experimental Psychology, 54, 120-127. 

Stupple, E. J. N. & Ball, L. J. (2008) Belief-logic conflict resolution in syllogistic reasoning: Inspection-time evidence for a parallel-process model, Thinking & Reasoning, 14:2, 168 — 181. 

Stupple, E. J. N.* & Ball, L. J (2011) Normative benchmarks are useful for studying individual differences in reasoning. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34 (5), 270-271.

Stupple, E. J. N.* & Ball, L. J (2011) The chronometrics of confirmation bias: Evidence for the inhibition of intuitive judgements. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (2), 89-90. 

Stupple E.J.N.* & Ball L.J. (2014). The intersection between Descriptivism and Meliorism in reasoning research: further proposals in support of ‘soft normativism.’ Frontiers in Psychology  5:1269.

Stupple, E. J. N.* & Ball, L. J & Ellis, D. (2013) Matching Bias in Syllogistic Reasoning: Evidence for a Dual-Process Account from Response Times and Confidence Ratings Thinking & Reasoning, 19 (1), 54-77. 

Stupple, E. J. N. & Ball, L. J; Evans J. St. B. T; & Kamal-Smith, E.N. (2011) When Logic and Belief Collide: Individual Differences in Reasoning Times Support a Selective Processing Model. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 23 (8), 931-941 

Stupple, E. J. N.* , Gale, M. & Richmond, C. (2013) Working Memory, Cognitive Miserliness and Logic as Predictors of Performance on the Cognitive Reflection Test In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1396-1401). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. 

Stupple E.J.N.* & Waterhouse, E. F. (2009). Negations in syllogistic reasoning: evidence for a heuristic-analytic conflict. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62:8, 1533 - 1541.

Recent conferences

Stupple E. J. N. & Benbow-Hebbert, A. (2016)  The new paradigm in reasoning: Probabilistic responses to syllogisms show standard belief bias effects, BPS Cognitive Section, Barcelona.

Stupple E. J. N.  & Ball L. J. (2016) In defence of soft normativism in reasoning research Invited symposium Rationality and normativity: The place of normative models in higher mental processing International Conference on Thinking, Brown University, MA 

Stupple, E., J, N., Hunt, T.,, Pitchford, M., & Ball, L. J. (2014) Slower isn't always better: Response-times present challenges for the cognitive miserliness account of the Cognitive Reflection Test. BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference 2014 Nottingham Trent University.

Stupple, E. J. N., Gale, M. & Richmond, C. (2013) Working Memory, Cognitive Miserliness and Logic as Predictors of Performance on the Cognitive Reflection Test. The 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Humbolt University, Berlin.

Stupple, E. J. N., Ball, L. J. & Ellis, D. (2012). Matching bias in syllogistic reasoning: Response times and confidence ratings support a dual-process account. 7th International Conference on Thinking, Birkbeck, University of London

Stupple E. J. N. (2010), Maratos & Elander & Duro (2010) What is critical thinking? An exploration of students' and lecturers' understandings to develop a critical thinking toolkit. The fifth biennial Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, Edinburgh Napier University.

Stupple E. J. N. (2010) Critical thinking for International Students. International Psychology Students: Gaining Insight, Developing Strategy. University of Westminster.

Stupple E. J. N. & Ball L. J. (2009). When Logic and Belief Collide: Individual Differences in Reasoning Times. BPS Cognitive Section Annual Conference, University of Hertfordshire.

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