Sam Parsons

Sam Parsons

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Oxford

My name is Sam Parsons. I’m a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. I work in the Oxford Centre for Emotion and Affective Neuroscience, aka OCEAN. Just in case you’re here for the cat, this ginger monster is called Beau.

As well as investigating cognitive-affective processes implicated in adolescent worry, I try to do my own small bit for the improvement of psychological science. Sometimes this is promoting open and reproducible research practices; others it is frustrating others by highlighting the importance of routinely estimating and reporting the reliability of our measurements. Mostly, I’d just like us all to get along and do good research.

I am happy to be contacted to discuss reliability of cognitive measures - particularly if you have questions about my splithalf package and need assistance with it.

(I try to keep this website up to date, however it may fall slightly behind. I do keep my CV up to date, so please do refer to that)


  • Affective flexibility
  • Open and Reproducible Research
  • Psychometrics of behavioural tasks


  • DPhil in Experimental Psychology, 2019

    University of Oxford

  • MSc in Psychology, 2014

    Oxford Brookes University

  • BSc in Psychology, 2012

    University of Stirling