• 809 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
20122020

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Research Interests

I am interested in why people form misbeliefs, that is, beliefs not based on objective facts or reality. Misbeliefs are relatively common and include beliefs about pseudoscience, conspiracies or the paranormal. Misbeliefs are also observed in clinical populations, for example, delusional beliefs in people with psychosis. Part of my research focusses on the role that cognitive biases or problematic thinking styles (such as hasty decision-making and incorrigibility) play in the development and maintenance of delusions.

I have also contributed to the development of novel psychological treatments, including the metacognitive training programme (MCT). MCT targets the cognitive biases thought to cause and maintain delusions, with the aim of reducing the severity of these symptoms. I am now adapting the programme to target the unrealistic (sometimes delusional) beliefs characteristic of eating disorders (e.g., unrealistic beliefs regarding body image, weight and shape). I have also been investigating the efficacy of online 'cognitive bias correction' psychoeducation programmes, which may help to improve analytical thinking in the general population and reduce people's vulnerability to pseudoscience misinformation (e.g., vaccines cause autism) and 'fake news'.

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Research Output

Altered levels of immune cell adhesion molecules are associated with memory impairment in schizophrenia and healthy controls

Cai, H. Q., Weickert, T. W., Catts, V. S., Balzan, R., Galletly, C., Liu, D., O'Donnell, M. & Shannon Weickert, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Cognitive biases and psychosis: From bench to bedside

    Balzan, R. P. & Moritz, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  • COVID-19-related conspiracy beliefs and their relationship with perceived stress and pre-existing conspiracy beliefs

    Georgiou, N., Delfabbro, P. & Balzan, R., 1 Nov 2020, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 166, 7 p., 110201.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Jumping to conclusions in the less-delusion-prone? Further evidence from a more reliable beads task

    McLean, B. F., Balzan, R. P. & Mattiske, J. K., Aug 2020, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 83, 10 p., 102956.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 5 Invited talk
    • 5 Oral presentation

    Psychological interventions for psychosis

    Ryan Balzan (Invited speaker)

    Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Individualised Metacognitive Training (MCT+) for psychosis: A trial update

    Ryan Balzan (Invited speaker)

    Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Cognitive biases across the continuum of delusional thinking: Are we jumping to conclusions?

    Ryan Balzan (Speaker)

    Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    How can we improve treatments for people with schizophrenia?

    Ryan Balzan (Speaker)

    May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Emerging psychological treatments for psychosis: from cognitive remediation to metacognitive therapy

    Ryan Balzan (Invited speaker)

    Nov 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk