Rebecca Olsen

Investigating how episodic future thinking reduces delay discounting rate.

Profile

Rebecca began her BSc majoring in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Otago. In 2013 she transferred to VUW to complete her BSc and later obtained an honours degree and MSc in Psychology. For her PhD thesis, Rebecca is researching ways to reduce impulsive decision making. During her time at VUW, she has also gained experience in tutoring for first, second and third year Psychology courses. She has also worked as a research assistant on several other projects.

Qualifications

BSc in Anthropology (2013)
BSc Hons (1st class) in Psychology (2014)
MSc in Psychology with Distinction (2016)

Research interests

Experimental Analysis of Behaviour and Behavioural Pharmacology

Conference presentations

Olsen, R. (2018, August). The effects of semantic, episodic, future and past thinking on delay discounting rate. Paper presented at The New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis 15th Annual Conference Auckland, NZ. Abstract retrieved from https://nzaba.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/nzaba-full-program.pdf

Olsen, R. (2017, August). Delay discounting and episodic future thinking. Paper presented at The New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis 14th Annual Conference, Wellington, NZ.  Abstract retrieved from https://nzaba.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/complete-programme21.pdf

Olsen, R. (2017, June). Delay discounting and episodic future thinking. Paper presented at The Australian Learning Group Mid-Year Conference, Katoomba, Australia. Abstract retrieved from http://www.psych.usyd.edu.au/alg2017/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ALG-2017-FULL-Programme-and-Abstracts.pdf

Olsen, R. (2017, May). Delay discounting and episodic future thinking. Paper presented at The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Aotearoa study day, Wellington, NZ.

Olsen, R. (2016, August). Academic discounting: Magnitude effects and correlations with other tasks. Paper presented at The New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis 13th Annual Conference, Hamilton, NZ. Abstract retrieved from https://nzaba.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/2016-nzaba-programme.pdf

Olsen, R. (2016, May). Discounting of reinforcer value and student success. Paper presented at The Association for Behavior Analysis International 42nd Annual Conference, Chicago, USA. Abstract retrieved from https://www.abainternational.org/events/program-details/event-detail.aspx?sid=47757&by=ByArea#s500_0

Olsen, R. (2015, August). Discounting of reinforcer value and student success. Paper presented at The New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis 12th Annual Conference, Christchurch, NZ. Abstract retrieved from https://nzaba.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/programme-nzaba-2015.pdf

Publications

Olsen, R. A., Macaskill, A. C., & Hunt, M. J. (2018). A measure of delay discounting within the academic domain. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 31, 522-534. doi: 10.1002/bdm.2074

Olsen, R. A., Macaskill, A. C., & Harper, D. N. (2016). Differential effects of 3,4- Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, methamphetamine, meta-Chlorophenylpiperazine, and scopolamine on behavioral repetition versus variation in rats.Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 150, 170-181. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2016.11.001

PhD Topic

Investigating how episodic future thinking reduces delay discounting rate.

Supervisors:

Lab Association

Human Learning Lab , Principal Investigator: Dr Maree Hunt

The Human learning Lab is interested in understanding complex, real-world human behaviours using experimental analogues of important real-world situations.