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Dr Jonathan Rolison

Rolison, JohnLecturer



Room 02.513, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 5653


In 2010 I completed my PhD in psychology at the University of Plymouth under the supervision of Jonathan Evans and Clare Walsh. After working as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Plymouth for two following years I moved to Venice, Italy, to work with Vittorio Girotto before joining the School of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast as a lecturer.


I currently teach on the 1st year Introductory Psychology module and the 2nd year Developmental and Cognitive Psychology module at Queen’s University Belfast. I am second supervisor to two PhD students.


The main research topic that I address is human judgment and risky decision making. Some of my work in this area concerns how people combine information from various sources to make a singular judgment, such as when a physician diagnoses a patient based on a set of symptoms. Related to this topic, I investigate aspects of decision making under risk. Some of my work in this area emphasizes the importance of learning in risk taking, where I examine how people adjust their risk taking behavior in response to previous gains and losses, or successes and failures.

My applied work in the field of psychology asks whether the general public correctly interpret health risks, especially when these are provided in numeric form (such as percentages or frequencies) by health care professionals and on health care websites. The emphasis of this work is the format in which health risks are provided.

In the domain of public health, I investigate risks faced by road users. My motivation in this area is to identify public health risks that might be used to inform public policy. I am currently examining whether older adults are at increased risk as drivers compared to younger age groups.


In press

Rolison J. J., Hanoch, Y., Wood, S., & Pi-Ju, L. (in press). Risk taking differences across the adult lifespan: A question of age and domain. Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. PDF icon PDF


Rolison, J. J., Moutari, S., Hewson, P. J., & Hellier, E. (2014). Overestimated crash risks of young and elderly drivers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 46, 58-64. PDF icon PDF


Rolison, J. J., Hanoch, Y., Gummerum, M. (2013). When opportunity matters: Comparing the risk-taking attitudes of prisoners and recently released ex-prisoners. Risk Analysis, 33, 2013-2022. PDF icon PDF

Srebnik, N., Miron-Shatz, T., Rolison, J. J., Hanoch, Y., & Tsafrir, A. (2013). Physician recommendation for invasive prenatal testing: The case of the "precious baby". Human Reproduction, 28, 3007-3011. 

Rolison, J. J., Wood, S., Hanoch, Y., & Liu, P-J. (2013). The subjective numeracy scale as a tool for assessing statistical numeracy in older adult populations. Gerontology, 59, 283-288. PDF icon PDF

Rolison, J. J., & Edworthy, J. (2013). The whole song is greater than the sum of its parts: Local and structural features in music listening. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 23, 33-48. PDF icon PDF    

Rolison, J. J., Hewson, P. J., Hellier, E., & Hurst, L. (2013). Risks of high-powered motorcycles among younger adults. American Journal of Public Health, 103, 568-571. PDF icon PDF  

Marcatto, F., Rolison, J. J., & Ferrante, D. (2013). Communicating clinical trial outcomes: Effects of presentation method on physicians' evaluations of new treatments. Judgment and Decision Making, 8, 29-33. PDF icon   PDF  

Rolison, J. J., Hanoch, Y., & Gummerum, M. (2013). Characteristics of offending: The HEXACO model of personality as a framework for studying offenders’ personality. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 24, 71-82. PDF icon PDF    

Hanoch, Y., Rolison, J, & Gummerum, M. (2013). Good things come to those who wait: Time discounting differences between adult offenders and nonoffenders. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 128-132.


Hanoch, Y., Gummerum, M., & Rolison, J. J. (2012). Second-to-fourth digit ratio and impulsivity: A comparison between offenders and nonoffenders. PLOS ONE, 7, 1-4. PDF icon PDF    

Rolison, J. J., Hewson, P. J., Hellier, E., & Husband, P. (2012). Risk of fatal injury among older adult drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 60, 1504-1508. PDF icon PDF  

Rolison, J. J., Hanoch, Y., & Miron-Shatz, T. (2012). What do men understand about lifetime risk following genetic testing? The effects of context and numeracy. Health Psychology, 31, 530-533. PDF icon PDF  

Rolison, J. J., Hanoch, Y., & Miron-Shatz, T. (2012). Smokers: At risk for prostate cancer but unlikely to screen. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 736-738.PDF icon PDF  

Rolison, J. J., Hanoch, Y., & Wood, S. (2012). Risky decision making in younger and older adults: The role of learning. Psychology and Aging, 27, 129-140. PDF icon PDF  

Rolison, J. J & Edworthy, J. (2012). The role of formal structure in liking for popular music. Music Perception, 29, 269-284. PDF icon PDF  

Rolison, J. J., Evans, J. St. B.T., Dennis, I., & Walsh, C. R. (2012). Dual-processes in learning and judgment: Evidence from the multiple cue probability learning paradigm. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 118, 189-202. PDF icon PDF  


Rolison, J. J., Evans, J. St. B.T., Walsh, C. R., & Dennis, I. (2011). The role of working memory capacity in multiple-cue probability learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1494-1514. PDF icon PDF  

Other Publications and the Media

Rolison, J. J. Dual-processes in learning and judgment: Evidence from the Multiple Cue Probability Learning Paradigm. The Brunswik Society Newsletter, 2012, Vol 27, pp 39-40. PDF icon PDF    

Thomson Reuters (August, 2012). Driver's seat safer than sidewalk for older adults.