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Professor Peter Lovibond

BSc (Psychol), MSc (Clin Psych), PhD (UNSW)

Elected: 2007

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: Psychology, Learning, Conditioning, Anxiety, Cognition


Peter Lovibond is currently a Professor in the School of Psychology and Acting Dean in the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales.  He carries out basic and applied research on human associative learning and anxiety, with a focus on high-level cognitive processes.  He also works on nature and measurement of depression and anxiety.


  • Chair of the Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Association (2003-2004)
  • Chair of the Organising Committee for the 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society (2004)
  • Australian Research Council Oz Reader (2001-2008)
  • Australian Research Council Member of College of Experts (2009-2011)
  • Vice-President, Psychology Foundation of Australia (2000-present)
  • Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science UNSW (2009-2015)
  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Science UNSW (2016-present)


  • Weidemann, G., Satkunarajah, M., & Lovibond, P. F. (2016). I think, therefore eyeblink: The importance of contingency awareness in conditioning. Psychological Science doi:10.1177/0956797615625973
  • Chen, J. T. H., & Lovibond, P. F. (2016). Intolerance of uncertainty is associated with increased threat appraisal and negative affect under ambiguity but not uncertainty. Behavior Therapy, 47(1), 42-53. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2015.09.004
  • Lovibond, P. F. (2015). Publication of student data when the student cannot be contacted. In Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (pp. 53-54). New York: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1007/9781139626491.019
  • Lovibond, P. F., & Colagiuri, B. (2013). Facilitation of voluntary goal-directed action by reward cues. Psychological Science, 24(10), 2030-2037. doi:10.1177/0956797613484043
  • Mitchell, C. J., Griffiths, O., More, P., & Lovibond, P. F. (2013). Contingency bias in probability judgement may arise from ambiguity regarding additional causes. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(9), 1675-1686. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.752854
  • Lovibond, P. F., Chen, S. X., Mitchell, C. J., & Weidemann, G. (2012). Competition between an avoidance response and a safety signal: Evidence for a single learning system. Biological Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.09.007
  • Lovibond, P.F., Chen, S.X., Mitchell, C.J. & Weidemann, G. (2013).  Competition between an avoidance response and a safety signal: Evidence for a single learning system.  Biological Psychology, 92, 9-16.
  • Sokol, N. & Lovibond, P.F. (2012).  Cross-US reinstatement of human conditioned fear: Return of old fears or emergence of new ones?  Behaviour Research & Therapy, 50, 313-322.
  • Lovibond, P.F., Liu, J.C.J., Weidemann, G. & Mitchell, C.J. (2011).  Awareness is necessary for differential trace and delay eyeblink conditioning in humans.  Biological Psychology, 87, 393-400.
  • Mitchell, C.J., De Houwer, J. & Lovibond, P.F. (2009). The propositional nature of human associative learning. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 183-198.
  • Lovibond, P.F., Mitchell, C.J., Minard, E., Brady, E. & Menzies, R.G. (2009). Safety behaviours preserve threat beliefs: Protection from extinction of human fear conditioning by an avoidance response. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 716-720.
  • Lovibond, P.F., Saunders, J.C., Brady, A. and Mitchell, C.J. (2008).  Evidence for expectancy as a mediator of avoidance and anxiety in a laboratory model of human avoidance learning, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 1199-1216.
  • Lovibond, P.F. (2006) Fear and avoidance: An integrated expectancy model, In Fear and Learning: Basic Science to Clinical Application. Craske, M.G., Hermans, D. and Vansteenwegen, D. (eds.). : American Psychological Association.
  • Lovibond, P.F. (2004) Cognitive processes in extinction, Learning and Memory. 11: 495-500.
  • Lovibond, P.F. (2003) Casual beliefs and conditioned responses: Retrospective revaluation induced by experience and by instruction, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 29: 97-106.
  • Lovibond, P.F. and Shanks, D.R. (2002) The role of awareness in Pavlovian conditioning: Empirical evidence and theoretical implications, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 28: 3-26.


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