E Ferguson

Summary

Affiliation: University of Nottingham
Country: UK

Publications

  1. pmc The 'dark side' and 'bright side' of personality: when too much conscientiousness and too little anxiety are detrimental with respect to the acquisition of medical knowledge and skill
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 9:e88606. 2014
  2. doi request reprint Incentives, expertise, and medical decisions: testing the robustness of natural frequency framing
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health group, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Health Psychol 32:967-77. 2013
  3. pmc Individual differences in behavioural inhibition explain free riding in public good games when punishment is expected but not implemented
    Anya Skatova
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Behav Brain Funct 9:3. 2013
  4. pmc Can the 12-item General Health Questionnaire be used to identify medical students who might 'struggle' on the medical course? A prospective study on two cohorts
    David James
    Medical Education Unit, B94 Medical School, Queen s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK
    BMC Med Educ 13:48. 2013
  5. doi request reprint Normative and counter-normative stress messages and symptom reporting: implications for health promotion and a methodological artefact for stress research
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Health Psychol 18:279-95. 2013
  6. doi request reprint Blood donors' helping behavior is driven by warm glow: more evidence for the blood donor benevolence hypothesis
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, and the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economic, Cedex, School of Economics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfusion 52:2189-200. 2012
  7. pmc Increasing organ donation via anticipated regret (INORDAR): protocol for a randomised controlled trial
    Ronan E O'Carroll
    Psychology, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
    BMC Public Health 12:169. 2012
  8. ncbi request reprint Predicting who applies to study medicine: implication for diversity in UK medical schools
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
    Med Teach 34:382-91. 2012
  9. doi request reprint Exploring the pattern of blood donor beliefs in first-time, novice, and experienced donors: differentiating reluctant altruism, pure altruism, impure altruism, and warm glow
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfusion 52:343-55. 2012
  10. doi request reprint Openness to experience and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis and r(equivalent) from risk ratios and odds ratios
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Health Psychol 17:85-102. 2012

Detail Information

Publications62

  1. pmc The 'dark side' and 'bright side' of personality: when too much conscientiousness and too little anxiety are detrimental with respect to the acquisition of medical knowledge and skill
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 9:e88606. 2014
    ..For medical selection, this suggests that selecting students high on conscientiousness may be problematic, as it may be excluding those with some degree of moderate anxiety. ..
  2. doi request reprint Incentives, expertise, and medical decisions: testing the robustness of natural frequency framing
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health group, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Health Psychol 32:967-77. 2013
    ..The study examines if incentive effects are moderated by task complexity and expertise and also explores the extent to which NF frames improve diagnostic understanding...
  3. pmc Individual differences in behavioural inhibition explain free riding in public good games when punishment is expected but not implemented
    Anya Skatova
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Behav Brain Funct 9:3. 2013
    ..The paper, therefore, examines if individual differences in BIS-anxiety and FFFS can explain some of the variability in free riding in the face of implemented and non-implemented punishment...
  4. pmc Can the 12-item General Health Questionnaire be used to identify medical students who might 'struggle' on the medical course? A prospective study on two cohorts
    David James
    Medical Education Unit, B94 Medical School, Queen s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK
    BMC Med Educ 13:48. 2013
    ..Early detection of vulnerable students might direct pastoral care and remedial support to where it is needed. We investigated the use of the short-form General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) as a possible screening tool...
  5. doi request reprint Normative and counter-normative stress messages and symptom reporting: implications for health promotion and a methodological artefact for stress research
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Health Psychol 18:279-95. 2013
    ..The current studies examine the effect of normative and counter-normative messages about stress on levels of symptom reporting. Predictions are derived from reactance, social comparison, and self-enhancement theories...
  6. doi request reprint Blood donors' helping behavior is driven by warm glow: more evidence for the blood donor benevolence hypothesis
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, and the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economic, Cedex, School of Economics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfusion 52:2189-200. 2012
    ..The prediction that blood donors will be motivated in general by warm glow was compared to predictions from other theoretical models: strong reciprocity and empathy...
  7. pmc Increasing organ donation via anticipated regret (INORDAR): protocol for a randomised controlled trial
    Ronan E O'Carroll
    Psychology, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
    BMC Public Health 12:169. 2012
    ..This paper presents a protocol for a randomised controlled trial, testing whether a simple, theory-based anticipated regret manipulation leads to a significant increase in posthumous organ donor registrations...
  8. ncbi request reprint Predicting who applies to study medicine: implication for diversity in UK medical schools
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
    Med Teach 34:382-91. 2012
    ..To date, no studies have examined factors that predict who chooses to apply to medicine and if socio-demographics influence the profile of those who apply to study medicine...
  9. doi request reprint Exploring the pattern of blood donor beliefs in first-time, novice, and experienced donors: differentiating reluctant altruism, pure altruism, impure altruism, and warm glow
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfusion 52:343-55. 2012
    ..In so doing important distinctions, for blood donation, between impure altruism, pure altruism, and warm glow are explored...
  10. doi request reprint Openness to experience and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis and r(equivalent) from risk ratios and odds ratios
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality, Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Health Psychol 17:85-102. 2012
    ..To provide a method of calculating a standard effect size estimate (r(equivalent) ) from relative risk (RR) and odds ratios (OR)...
  11. ncbi request reprint Blood, sex, personality, power, and altruism: factors influencing the validity of strong reciprocity
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Personality and Social Psychology Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, United Kingdom
    Behav Brain Sci 35:25-6. 2012
    ..We highlight how individual differences, status, sex, and the legitimacy of non-cooperation need to be examined to increase the internal and ecological validity of SRT experiments and, ultimately, SRT's external validity...
  12. pmc Graduate entry to medicine: widening psychological diversity
    David James
    University of Nottingham, UK
    BMC Med Educ 9:67. 2009
    ..This study explored whether GEM students also bring psychological diversity and whether this could be beneficial...
  13. pmc Unhappiness and dissatisfaction in doctors cannot be predicted by selectors from medical school application forms: a prospective, longitudinal study
    I C McManus
    Department of Psychology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
    BMC Med Educ 5:38. 2005
    ..Here we combine data from a long-term prospective study of medical student selection and training, with an experimental approach in which a large number of assessors used a paired comparison technique to predict outcome...
  14. pmc Should applicants to Nottingham University Medical School study a non-science A-level? A cohort study
    Janet Yates
    Medical Education Unit, B94 Medical School, Queen s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK
    BMC Med Educ 9:5. 2009
    ..This study aimed to determine whether studying a non-science subject for A-level is an independent predictor of achievement on the undergraduate medical course...
  15. doi request reprint A taxometric analysis of type-D personality
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health RASPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
    Psychosom Med 71:981-6. 2009
    ..However, at present, there is no direct evidence to support the assumption that Type D is categorical and able to differentiate true cases from noncases...
  16. doi request reprint What type of information is trusted by whom? A multilevel analysis of the stability of the information source-trust association for blood transfusion
    Eamonn Ferguson
    RASPH Risk, Analysis, Social Processes and Health Research Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
    Transfusion 49:1637-48. 2009
    ..A large-scale field-based study examining the importance of sociodemographics and psychological characteristics on the source-trust link was conducted...
  17. doi request reprint Alexithymia, cumulative feedback, and differential response patterns on the Iowa Gambling Task
    Eamonn Ferguson
    University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
    J Pers 77:883-902. 2009
    ..It is argued that this is due to an inability to fully consolidate earlier learning and reduced sensitivity to losses. The absence of cumulative feedback independently resulted in reduced performance...
  18. doi request reprint Blood donation is an act of benevolence rather than altruism
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Health Psychol 27:327-36. 2008
    ..Here, a benevolence hypothesis for blood donation (both the donor and recipient benefit) rather than the altruism hypothesis (only the recipient gains) is proposed...
  19. ncbi request reprint Improving blood donor recruitment and retention: integrating theoretical advances from social and behavioral science research agendas
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health RASPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfusion 47:1999-2010. 2007
    ..This article aims to review both of these types of literature, examine theoretical developments, identify commonalities, and offer a means to integrate these within a single intervention approach...
  20. ncbi request reprint Message framing with respect to decisions about vaccination: the roles of frame valence, frame method and perceived risk
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health Group, School of Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Psychol 98:667-80. 2007
    ..Procedural risk moderates the relationship between valence and method in a manner consistent with predictions from Levin et al.. Partial support for the model proposed by Rothman and Salovey are observed for goal frames only...
  21. ncbi request reprint Negatively oriented personality and perceived negative job characteristics as predictors of future psychological and physical symptoms: a meta-analytic structural modelling approach
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
    J Psychosom Res 60:45-52. 2006
    ..g., negative affect) both predict symptom reporting. However, the relative contribution of these factors is rarely examined. This paper uses meta-analytic structural equation modelling (MA-SEM) to explore their relative contribution...
  22. ncbi request reprint Perceived safety of donor blood and blood substitutes for transfusion: the role of informational frame, patient groups and stress appraisals
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfus Med 15:401-12. 2005
    ..Different demographic and psychological factors predicted perceived safety (e.g. sex) and perceived risk (e.g. age and experience)...
  23. pmc Factors associated with success in medical school: systematic review of the literature
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
    BMJ 324:952-7. 2002
  24. ncbi request reprint Predicting future blood donor returns: past behavior, intentions, and observer effects
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Health Psychol 21:513-8. 2002
    ..Finally, it is reported that observing others fainting produces a reduction in the number of future donations for occasional donors. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed...
  25. ncbi request reprint Theoretical accounts of Gulf War Syndrome: from environmental toxins to psychoneuroimmunology and neurodegeneration
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
    Behav Neurol 13:133-47. 2001
    ..This position contrasts with other immunological accounts of GWS that suggest that the immune system demonstrates a shift to a Th2 (allergy) profile. Evidence pertaining to these two contrasting positions is reviewed...
  26. pmc Pilot study of the roles of personality, references, and personal statements in relation to performance over the five years of a medical degree
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD
    BMJ 326:429-32. 2003
    ..To compare the power of three traditional selection procedures (A levels, personal statements, and references) and one non-traditional selection procedure (personality) to predict performance over the five years of a medical degree...
  27. ncbi request reprint Individual differences in the temporal variability of medically unexplained symptom reporting
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Health Psychol 9:219-40. 2004
    ..In contrast to the literature on affect, little is known about how people frame daily symptoms and how these patterns are influenced by individual differences...
  28. ncbi request reprint Trustworthiness of information about blood donation and transfusion in relation to knowledge and perceptions of risk: an analysis of UK stakeholder groups
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, UK
    Transfus Med 14:205-16. 2004
    ..The implications of these findings for risk communication, specifically relating to transfusion medicine, are discussed...
  29. ncbi request reprint Odors and sounds as triggers for medically unexplained symptoms: a fixed-occasion diary study of Gulf War veterans
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Ann Behav Med 27:205-14. 2004
    ..Both laboratory studies on healthy volunteers and epidemiological evidence from patient samples indicate that odor can act as a trigger for the reporting of medically unexplained symptoms (MUSs)...
  30. ncbi request reprint Conscientiousness, emotional stability, perceived control and the frequency, recency, rate and years of blood donor behaviour
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
    Br J Health Psychol 9:293-314. 2004
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  31. ncbi request reprint Personality as a predictor of hypochondriacal concerns: results from two longitudinal studies
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD UK
    J Psychosom Res 56:307-12. 2004
    ..To explore the extent to which the domains of the Big 5 are risk factors for hypochondriacal concerns (HCs)...
  32. ncbi request reprint A stage model of blood donor behaviour: assessing volunteer behaviour
    Eamonn Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    J Health Psychol 10:359-72. 2005
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  33. ncbi request reprint Intellect and somatic health: associations with hypochondriacal concerns, perceived threat and fainting
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Psychother Psychosom 70:319-27. 2001
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  34. ncbi request reprint The Gulf War and illness by association
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Psychol 90:459-75. 1999
    ..As required, the IL-1 response is conditionable...
  35. ncbi request reprint Confidence in the safety of blood for transfusion: the effect of message framing
    K Farrell
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Transfusion 41:1335-40. 2001
    ..CONCLUSION: Information about transfusion should be conveyed to patients in a form focusing on the positive, rather than the negative, known facts about the safety of blood...
  36. doi request reprint Acceptability of blood and blood substitutes
    E Ferguson
    Risk Analysis Social Processes and Health RASPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    J Intern Med 263:244-55. 2008
    ..There is a negative association between perceived risk and acceptability. Solutions to increasing acceptance are discussed in terms of implicit attitudes, product naming and emotional responses...
  37. ncbi request reprint Hypochondriacal concerns, somatosensory amplification, and primary and secondary cognitive appraisals
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Med Psychol 73:355-69. 2000
    ..The results are interpreted in relation to the transactional model of the stress process...
  38. ncbi request reprint Sex and sexual orientation: the effect of group membership on individuals' judgments about self and others' HIV risk
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    J Homosex 41:119-43. 2001
    ..Both cognitive and motivational factors were shown to be associated with risk judgments for homosexual women and heterosexual men. Methodologically the use of Multidimensional scaling as an analytic strategy is recommended...
  39. ncbi request reprint Benefit and risk perceptions in transfusion medicine: blood and blood substitutes
    K C Lowe
    School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    J Intern Med 253:498-507. 2003
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  40. doi request reprint Graduate entry to medicine: widening academic and socio-demographic access
    David James
    Medical Education Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham Medical School, Nottingham, UK
    Med Educ 42:294-300. 2008
    ..This study aimed to examine whether a graduate entry course widens access to medicine...
  41. ncbi request reprint Smoking, mood regulation, and personality: an event-sampling exploration of potential models and moderation
    Nima G Moghaddam
    University of Nottingham, UK
    J Pers 75:451-78. 2007
    ..Further multilevel analyses indicated that significant variability in hedonic tone was moderated by the behavioral activation system...
  42. ncbi request reprint Parents' and pupils' causal attributions for difficult classroom behaviour
    Andy Miller
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Br J Educ Psychol 72:27-40. 2002
    ..Studies of causal attributions for difficult pupil behaviour in schools have tended to focus on the perspectives of teachers...
  43. ncbi request reprint Defining and measuring blood donor altruism: a theoretical approach from biology, economics and psychology
    R Evans
    Personality Social Psychology and Health PSPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Vox Sang 106:118-26. 2014
    ..Such a measure is developed in this study that can be used to help inform both our understanding of the altruistic motives of blood donors and recruitment intervention strategies...
  44. ncbi request reprint Memory bias in health anxiety is related to the emotional valence of health-related words
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health RASPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    J Psychosom Res 62:263-74. 2007
    ..A model based on the associative strength of object evaluations is tested to explain why those who score higher on health anxiety have a better memory for health-related words...
  45. doi request reprint A taxometric analysis of health anxiety
    E Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health RASPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Psychol Med 39:277-85. 2009
    ..A long-standing issue in the health anxiety literature is the extent to which health anxiety is a dimensional or a categorical construct. This study explores this question directly using taxometric procedures...
  46. doi request reprint Do humans prefer altruistic mates? Testing a link between sexual selection and altruism towards non-relatives
    Tim Phillips
    School of Biology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    Br J Psychol 99:555-72. 2008
    ..Both sets of results are consistent with the hypothesized link between human altruism towards non-relatives and sexual selection...
  47. ncbi request reprint Public perception of the risk of HIV infection associated with blood donation: the role of contextual cues
    Kathleen Farrell
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Transfusion 42:679-83. 2002
    ..This study was therefore designed to test the hypothesis that providing contextual cues specific to HIV would cause respondents to express an increased belief that the virus can be contracted by donating blood...
  48. ncbi request reprint Pupils' causal attributions for difficult classroom behaviour
    A Miller
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Educ Psychol 70:85-96. 2000
    ..Studies of causal attributions within educational contexts have tended to concentrate on academic performance. There have been a smaller number of investigations of teachers' attributions for pupils' behaviour in school...
  49. ncbi request reprint Associations between primary appraisals and life-events while controlling for depression
    E Ferguson
    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK
    Br J Clin Psychol 39:143-55. 2000
    ..It was predicted that specific associations between life-events and primary appraisals would remain once depression had been partialled. A subgoal of this paper was to develop a content analytic coding frame for student life-events...
  50. ncbi request reprint Orbitofrontal cortex and drug use during adolescence: role of prenatal exposure to maternal smoking and BDNF genotype
    Shahrdad Lotfipour
    Brain and Body Centre, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 66:1244-52. 2009
    ..Prenatal exposure to maternal cigarette smoking (PEMCS) may affect brain development and behavior in adolescent offspring...
  51. ncbi request reprint Perceptions in transfusion medicine: a pilot field study on risk and ethics for blood and blood substitutes
    Piers Fleming
    University of Nottingham, UK
    Artif Cells Blood Substit Immobil Biotechnol 35:149-56. 2007
    ....
  52. ncbi request reprint Health anxiety moderates the daytime cortisol slope
    Eamonn Ferguson
    Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health RASPH Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    J Psychosom Res 64:487-94. 2008
    ..Therefore, this study tests the hypothesis that higher levels of HA are associated with a steeper daytime cortisol slope and is the first to examine the daytime diurnal cortisol slope for HA...
  53. ncbi request reprint Impact of daily mood, work hours, and iso-strain variables on self-reported health behaviors
    Fiona Jones
    Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, England
    J Appl Psychol 92:1731-40. 2007
    ..Findings point to the limited impact of stable features of work design compared to the effects of daily work stressors on health behaviors...
  54. pmc Intellectual aptitude tests and A levels for selecting UK school leaver entrants for medical school
    I C McManus
    Department of Psychology, University College London, London WC1E 6BT
    BMJ 331:555-9. 2005
  55. ncbi request reprint Demographic and socio-economic associations with academic attainment (UCAS tariff scores) in applicants to medical school
    David Powis
    Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
    Med Educ 41:242-9. 2007
    ..We studied the applicant databases for 1998-2003 for one English medical school to determine the factors that predict high tariff point scores...
  56. ncbi request reprint Type-D personality mechanisms of effect: the role of health-related behavior and social support
    Lynn Williams
    Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom
    J Psychosom Res 64:63-9. 2008
    ....
  57. pmc A new selection system to recruit general practice registrars: preliminary findings from a validation study
    Fiona Patterson
    Department of Psychology, City University, London EC1V 0HB
    BMJ 330:711-4. 2005
    ..To design and validate a new competency based selection system to recruit general practice registrars, comprising a competency based application form, referees' reports, and an assessment centre...
  58. doi request reprint Effects of daily hassles and eating style on eating behavior
    Daryl B O'Connor
    Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, England
    Health Psychol 27:S20-31. 2008
    ..This study investigated the daily hassles-eating behavior relationship and its moderators in a naturalistic setting...
  59. ncbi request reprint Intentions to use hormonal male contraception: the role of message framing, attitudes and stress appraisals
    Daryl B O'Connor
    Health Psychology Research Group, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
    Br J Psychol 96:351-69. 2005
    ..These findings are discussed within the context of Prospect Theory, perceived risk and prevention/detection behaviours...