Lee Averell



Associate Lecturer 

PhD Candidate

Faculty / Division Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School of Psychology
Telephone +61 2 4921 6959
Email lee.averell@newcastle.edu.au
Location Aviation Building
Room AVG23
Research Interests Hierarchical Bayesian Modelling

The functional form of the forgetting curve

Model section in random effects models

Choice RT modelling

Recognition Memory

Confidence choice RT relationship

Teaching Interests

Advanced Statistics and Research Methodology

Cognitive modelling


Language and Memory

Research Groups - The Newcastle Cognition Lab
- Human Experimental and Applied Dynamics (HEAD) Research Group



Averell, L., Prince, M., Heathcote, A. (2013) Fundamental causes of variability in recognition memory. Journal of Memory and Language

Richards, J.A., Johnson, M., Rutherford, A., Averell, L., Beehag, N. (2012) Investigating the Effect of Graphic Smoking Related Health Imagery on Health Knowledge, Anxiety and Perceived Threat British Journal of Health Psychology

In Press

Rae, B., Heathcote, A., Donkin, C., Averell, L., & Brown, S. (in press) The hare and the tortoise: Emphasizing speed can change the evidence used to make decisions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition  pdf

In Print


Bondarenko, E., Averell, L., Hodgson, D.M., Nalivaiko, E. (2013) Neuronal network mediating respiratory activation in response to alerting stimuli and stress Autonomic Neuroscience 177 (1), 37-38

Sominsky, L., Fuller, E., Bondarenko, E., Ong, L., Averell, L., Nalivaiko, E., Dunkley, P., Dickson, P., Hodgson, D. (2013) Functional Programming of the Autonomic Nervous System by Early Life Immune Exposure: Implications for Anxiety. PloS one 8 (3), e57700


Averell, L., Heathcote, A. (2011) The form of the forgetting curve and the fate of memories. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 55, 23-35.   pdf


Averell, L., Heathcote, A. (2010) Posterior distribution analysis of the retention of briefly studied words. In W.Christensen, E. Schier, and J. Sutton (Eds.), ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (pp. 5-11). Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science. DOI: 10.5096/ASCS20092 http://www.maccs.mq.edu.au/news/conferences/2009/ASCS2009/html/averell.html   pdf


Averell, L., Heathcote, A. (2009) Long term implicit and explicit memory for briefly studied words. In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. ISBN 978-0-9768318-5-3   pdf

Donkin, C., Averell, L., Brown, S.D., & Heathcote, A. (2009) Getting more from accuracy and response time data: Methods for fitting the Linear Ballistic Accumulator model. Behavior Research Methods, 41, 1095-1110   pdf   Click here to download the code for fitting the LBA