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Professor Peter Lovibond

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

Elected: 2007

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: Psychology, Learning, Conditioning, Anxiety, Cognition


Peter Lovibond is a Professor in the School of Psychology 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, 2017-2018)
  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Science UNSW (2016-2017)


    • Ng, A. & Lovibond, P.F. (in press). Self-efficacy moderates the relationship between avoidance intentions and anxiety. Emotion.


    • Lee, J.C., Lovibond, P.F., Hayes, B.K. & Navarro, D.J. (2019). Negative evidence and inductive reasoning in generalization of associative learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148, 289-303.


    • Ahmed, O. & Lovibond, P.F. (2019). Rule-based processes in generalisation and peak shift in human fear conditioning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72, 118–131.


    • Wong, A.H.K. & Lovibond, P.F. (2018). Excessive generalization of conditioned fear in trait anxious individuals under ambiguity. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 107, 53-63.


    • Lee, J.C., Hayes, B.K. & Lovibond, P.F. (2018). Peak shift and rules in human generalization. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 44, 1955-1970.


    • Wong, A.H.K. & Lovibond, P.F. (2017). Rule-based generalisation in single-cue and differential fear conditioning in humans. Biological Psychology, 129, 111-120.


    • Ng, A. & Lovibond, P.F. (2017). Intentions matter: Avoidance intentions regulate anxiety via outcome expectancy. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 96, 57-65.


    • Bezzina, L., Lee, J., Lovibond, P.F. & Colagiuri, B. (2016). Extinction and renewal of cue-elicited reward-seeking. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 87, 162-169.


    • Weidemann, G. & Lovibond, P.F. (2016). The role of US recency in the Perruchet effect in eyeblink conditioning. Biological Psychology, 119, 1-10.


    • Weidemann, G., Satkunarajah, M. & Lovibond, P.F. (2016). I think therefore eyeblink: The importance of contingency awareness in conditioning. Psychological Science, 27, 467-475.


    • Chen, J.T-H., Felmingham, K. & Lovibond, P.F. (2016). Intolerance of uncertainty is associated with biased threat appraisal and negative affect under ambiguity but not uncertainty. Behavior Therapy, 47, 42-53.


    • Ahmed, O. & Lovibond, P.F. (2015). The impact of instructions on generalization of conditioned fear in humans. Behavior Therapy, 46, 597-603.


    • Lovibond, P.F., Satkunarajah, M. & Colagiuri, B. (2015). Extinction can reduce the impact of reward cues on reward-seeking behavior. Behavior Therapy, 46, 432-438.


    • Lovibond, P.F. (2015). Publication of student data when the student cannot be contacted.


    • In R. Sternberg & S. Fiske (Eds.), Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Case Studies and Commentaries. New York: Cambridge University Press.


    • Colagiuri, B. & Lovibond, P.F. (2015). How food cues can enhance and inhibit motivation to obtain and consume food. Appetite, 84, 79-87.


    • Ahmed, O. & Lovibond, P.F. (2015). The impact of previously learned feature-relevance on generalisation of conditioned fear in humans. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 59-65.


    Griffiths, O., Mitchell, C.J, Bethmont, A. & Lovibond, P.F. (2015). Outcome predictability biases learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 41, 1-17.


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