Dr Matthew Haigh

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Biography

I am an experimental psychologist working in field of Experimental Pragmatics. This work draws on perspectives from language processing, deductive reasoning and folk psychology. I am employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University.

Basic Research

Stewart, S. L. K., Schepman, A., Haigh, M, McHugh, R. & Stewart, A. J. (in press) Affective theory of mind inferences contextually influence the recognition of emotional facial expressions. Cognition and Emotion

Wood, J. S., Haigh, M., & Stewart, A J. (in press) An eye-tracking examination of readers' sensitivity to pragmatic scope information during the processing of conditional inducements. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology

Stewart, A. J., Wood, J. S., Le-luan, E., Yao, B., & Haigh, M. (in press). "It’s hard to write a good article." The online comprehension of excuses as indirect replies.The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Stewart, A.J., Le-Luan, E., Wood, J. S., Yao, B., & Haigh, M. (2018). Comprehension of indirect requests is influenced by their degree of imposition. Discourse Processes, 55, 197-196.

Dodd, A.L. & Haigh, M. (2017). Do Non-Reflective Thinkers Apply Extreme Personal Meanings to their Activated Moods? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45, 483-496.

Haigh, M. (2016). Has the standard Cognitive Reflection Test become a victim of its own success? Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 12, 145-149.

Haigh, M., & Dodd. A. L. (2017). Extreme cognitions are associated with diminished ability to use disconfirming evidence. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 90, 70-83

Wray, H., Wood, J., Haigh, M., & Stewart, A.J. (2016). Threats may be negative promises (but warnings are more than negative tips). Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28, 593-600.

Haigh, M., Wood, J., & Stewart, A.J. (2016). Slippery Slope Arguments imply opposition to change. Memory & Cognition, 44, 819-836.

Wood, J., Haigh, M., & Stewart, A.J. (2016). "This isn’t a promise, it’s a threat": eye movements reveal semantic scope differences in conditional inducements. Experimental Psychology, 63, 89-97.

Haigh, M. & Bonnefon, J-F. (2015). Conditional sentences create a blind spot in theory of mind during narrative comprehension. Acta Psychologica, 160, 194-201.

Haigh, M. & Bonnefon, J-F. (2015). Eye movements reveal how readers infer intentions from the beliefs and desires of others. Experimental Psychology, 62,206-213.

Haigh, M., Ferguson, H.J. & Stewart, A.J. (2014). An eye-tracking investigation into readers' sensitivity to actual versus expected utility in the comprehension of conditionals. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67,166-185.

Stewart, A.J., Haigh, M., & Ferguson, H.J. (2013). Sensitivity to speaker control in the online comprehension of conditional tips and promises: an eye-tracking study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 39,1022-1036.

Bonnefon, J-F., Haigh, M., & Stewart, A. J. (2013). Utility templates for the interpretation of conditional statements. Journal of Memory & Language, 68, 350-361.

Haigh, M., Stewart, A. J., & Connell, L. (2013). Reasoning as we read: establishing the probability of causal conditionals. Memory & Cognition, 41, 152-158.

Haigh, M. & Stewart, A. J. (2011). The influence of clause order, congruency and probability on the processing of conditionals. Thinking & Reasoning, 17, 402-423.

Haigh, M., Stewart, A.J., Wood, J.S., & Connell, L. (2011). Conditional advice and inducements: are readers sensitive to implicit speech acts during comprehension? Acta Psychologica, 136, 419-424.

Haigh, M., Wood, J.S., Connell, L., & Stewart, A.J. (2011). Comprehending advice and inducements: evidence from conditionals and conjunctions. In B. Kokinov, A. Karmiloff-Smith, & N. J. Nersessian (Eds.) European Perspectives on Cognitive Science. Sofia: New Bulgarian University Press.

Stewart, A.J., Haigh, M., & Kidd, E. (2009). An investigation into the online processing of counterfactual and indicative conditionals. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 2113-2125.

Stewart, A.J., Kidd, E., & Haigh, M. (2009). Early sensitivity to discourse-level anomalies during reading: evidence from self-paced reading. Discourse Processes, 46, 46-69.

Allbutt, J., Becker, S., Tidd, J., & Haigh, M. (2008). Teaching students to apply a five stage process to systematically evaluate quantitative psychological research articles. Psychology Learning & Teaching, 7, 6-15.

Applied Research

Steeg, S., Haigh, M., Webb, R., Kapur, N., Awenat, Y., Gooding, P., Pratt, D., & Cooper, J. (2016). The exacerbating influence of hopelessness on other known risk factors for repeat self-harm and suicide. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 522-528.

Bergen, H., Hawton, K., Webb, R., Cooper, J., Steeg, S., Haigh, M., Ness, J., Waters, K. & Kapur, N. (2014). Alcohol-related mortality following self-harm: a multicentre cohort study. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine: Open, 5.

Haigh, M., Kapur, N., & Cooper, J. (2014). Suicidal behaviour among ethnic minorities in England. In van Bergen, D., Montesinos, A. H. & Schouler-Ocak, M. (Eds.) Suicidal Behavior of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe. Hogrefe.

Kapur, N., Steeg, S., Webb, R., Haigh, M., Bergen, H., Hawton, K., Ness, J., Waters, K., & Cooper, J. (2013). Does clinical management improve outcomes following self-harm? Results from the Multicentre study of self-harm in England. PLOS ONE, 8e70434

Bickley, H., Steeg, S., Turnbull, P., Haigh, M. et al. (2013). Self-Harm in Manchester: January 2010 to December 2011. Centre for Suicide Prevention, University of Manchester.

Selected Presentations

*Stewart, A.J. & Haigh, M. (2015). Reasoning as we read: A psycholinguistic perspective on the processing of conditionals. Paper presented to the 9th London Reasoning Workshop, London, UK, August 2015.

*Wood, J., Haigh, M., Kinsella, J., & Stewart, A.J. (2014). The time course of accessing indirect meaning during reading: Evidence from eye-tracking. Poster to be presented to the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing conference, Edinburgh, UK, September 2014.

*Bonnefon, J-F., Haigh, M., & Stewart, A. J. (2012). Utility templates for consequential arguments. Paper presented to the International Conference on Thinking, London, UK, July 2012.

*Stewart, A. J., Haigh, M. & Ferguson, H. J. (2012). Representing hypothetical situations: an eye-tracking investigation into readers' sensitivity to utility and speak control in the comprehension of conditionals. Paper presented to the Experimental Psychology Society, Hull, UK, April 2012.

*Haigh, M., Wood, J.S., Connell, L., & Stewart, A.J. (2011). Comprehending advice and inducements: evidence from conditionals and conjunctions. Paper presented to the European Conference on Cognitive Science, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2011.

*Haigh, M., & Stewart, A.J. (2010). An investigation into readers' sensitivity to indirect meaning. Poster presented to the 51st annual meeting of the Psychonomics Society, St. Louis, USA, November 2010.

Stewart, A.J., *Haigh, M., & Connell, L. (2010). Evaluating the probability of indicative conditionals as they are read. Poster presented to the 51st annual meeting of the Psychonomics Society, St. Louis, USA, November 2010.

*Haigh, M., Stewart, A.J., & Connell, L. (2010). A psycholinguistic perspective on the processing of conditionals. Poster presented to the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing conference, York, UK, September 2010.

*Haigh, M., & Stewart, A.J. (2010). Promises and tips: Are readers sensitive to conditional indirect meaning? Poster presented to the Experimental Psychology Society, Manchester, UK, July 2010.

*Haigh, M., & Stewart, A.J. (2010). Reasoning as we read: an investigation into conditional processing during comprehension. Paper presented to the Experimental Psychology Society, London, UK, January 2010.

*Haigh, M., & Stewart, A.J. (2009). The online comprehension of non-basic indicative conditionals: an investigation into reasoning as we read. Paper presented to the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 2009.

*Haigh, M., Stewart, A.J. & Kidd, E. (2008). Constraints on the construction of counterfactual situation representations during comprehension: an examination of on-line suppositional processing. Poster presented to the Fourteenth Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing Conference, Cambridge, UK, September 2008.

*Denotes speaker

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ORCID: 0000-0003-1549-697X

Collaborators

Dr Andrew Stewart, University of Manchester

Dr Louise Connell, Lancaster Univiersity

Dr Heather Ferguson, University of Kent

Dr Jean-François Bonnefon, Toulouse School of Economics

Dr Alyson Dodd, Northumbria University

Group Membership

Experimental Pragmatics at Manchester

Cognition & Communication Research Centre

Experimental Psychology Society

British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist)

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)