Ms Claire Jones

Lecturer

Email address: Claire.Jones@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321374 Location: MC325 Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport and Human Sciences Areas of expertise: Cognitive Psychology

About

Background

In 2010, I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with an honours degree in Psychology. Shortly after this, I became a Demonstrator in Psychology and in 2012, I was awarded a scholarship from the University to complete a PhD. I have also previously held a voluntary position with MIND, supporting individuals with mental ill health.

Research interests

My primary research interests are in delusional ideation (the tendency to hold unusual beliefs) and reasoning. I am also interested in religious and paranormal beliefs as well as coincidental experiences and issues surrounding mental health.

Current Research Project

Title of PhD Project: Subclinical Delusional Ideation and Reasoning.

My PhD will examine whether those who hold unusual beliefs are more accepting of various stimuli and the variables that may underpin this acceptance. The initial phase of this project will be exploratory and will examine a number of variables to investigate this theory such as; openness, need for closure, sensation seeking and creativity. For example, recent findings (Jones, Galbraith, Manktelow & Fullwood in prep) have shown that excitement about the stimulus may lead to those who hold unusual beliefs to be more accepting. Additionally, to date, there has been little research on whether accepting various stimuli as plausible is related to other types of belief, such as religious or paranormal. The current research project also aims to explore this.

Publications

Galbraith, N. D., Morgan, C. J., Jones, C. L., Ormerod, D. R., Galbraith, V. E., & Manktelow, K. I. (2014). The mediating effect of affect: Different pathways from self and other schemas to persecutory ideation. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 46, 497-505.

Rhodes, S.K., & Jones, C.L. (2014). Affect, dual processes and some pertinent questions about delusional reasoning. In N. Galbraith (Eds), Current Issues in Thinking and Reasoning: Aberrant Beliefs and Reasoning. East Sussex, UK: Psychology Press.

Jones, C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (in prep). Subclinical delusional ideation and reasoning: Evidence for a liberal acceptance bias.

Conference Presentations 

Jones, C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (2015, June). Delusional Thinking: Perceiving Meaning in Randomness. Poster presented at the Research Student Poster Exhibition and Competition; University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Jones, C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (2014, June). Delusional thinking and reasoning: Perceiving meaning in randomness. Poster presented at the Research Student Poster Exhibition and Competition; University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Jones, C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (2014, September). Delusional thinking, reasoning and apophenia. Invited talk on symposium of Thinking and Reasoning, 31st BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference: Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.

Jones C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (2013, September). Subclinical delusional ideation, reasoning and creativity. Unpublished paper presented at the British Psychological Society Joint Cognitive Psychology Section & Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, University of Reading, UK.

Jones, C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (2013, June). Delusional beliefs, reasoning and creativity. Poster presented at the Research Student Poster Exhibition and Competition; University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Jones, C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (2012, July). Delusional ideation and probability estimates of delusional and neutral stimuli. Symposium on delusional thinking, 7th International Conference of Thinking, Birkbeck College, London.

Jones, C.L., Galbraith, N., Manktelow, K.I. & Fullwood, C. (2012, June). Delusional thinking in the general population: Evidence for a liberal acceptance bias. Poster presented at the Research Student Poster Exhibition and Competition; University of Wolverhampton, UK.