Fellows Detail

Professor Andrew Heathcote

BSc (Hons) (University of Tasmania), PhD (Queens University, Canada)

Elected: 2012

Discipline: Psychology


Professor Andrew Heathcote is an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at the University of Newcastle.  Professor Heathcote specialises in experimental studies of human learning and decision making and in mathematical and computational modeling of the dynamics of cognitive processes.  He is currently focusing on expanding the application of evidence accumulation models of simple choice to more complex decisions.

Key appointments in the last ten years:  Chair, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle; Associate Editor with the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, and the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

Other fields in which Professor Heathcote has an interest are:

  • Decision Making
  • Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
  • Neuroscience


Fellowships, Honorary Memberships, Special Awards

Commonwealth Scholar


Main Teaching, Research or Administrative Posts

  • Head, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle (2004 – 2006)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition (2009 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Mathematical Psychology (2011 – present)



Brown, S D & Heathcote, A (2008), ‘The simplest complete model of choice response time: Linear Ballistic Accumulation’, in Cognitive Psychology, 57, 153 – 178

Heathcote, A, Bora, B & Freeman, E (2010), ‘Recollection and confidence in two-alternative forced choice episodic recognition’, in Journal of Memory and Language, 62, 183 – 203

Averell, L & Heathcote, A (2011), ‘The form of the forgetting curve and the fate of memories’, in Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 55, 23 – 35

Mansfield, E L, Karayanidis, F, Jamadar, S, Heathcote, A & Forstmann, B U (2011), ‘Adjuustments of response threshold during task switching: A model-based fMRI study’, in Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 14688 – 14692

Prince, M, Brown, S D & Heathcote, A (2012), ‘The design and analysis of state-trace experiments’, in Psychological Methods, 17, 78 – 99


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