Rick Mehta, Associate Professor

Email address: rick.mehta@acadiau.ca

Telephone: (902) 585-1408

Office location: Horton Hall 310

Classes taught (Fall 2017): Introductory Psychology 1 (2 sections), Research Design and Analysis 1

Classes taught (Winter 2018): Introductory Psychology 2 (2 sections)


B.Sc. (Honours), University of Toronto

M.Sc., McGill University

Ph.D., McGill University  


My research focus is in the area of decision making. Some of this research is focused on the basic mechanisms involved in decision making. For example, a paper that I have resubmitted for publication examined the extent to which the Berlin Numeracy Test (an objective measure of how well people work with numbers) predicts performance on a collection of heuristics and biases tasks. Other research has examine the role of decision making in health or social contexts.

More recently, I have become interested in studying viewpoint diversity within universities and am particularly interested in assessing to what extent the lack of viewpoint diversity is a problem in Canadian psychology departments.


Mehta, R. & Wadden H. (resubmitted). Roles of numeracy, cognitive reflection, and information processing styles in heuristics and biases. Thinking & Reasoning.

Mehta, R., & Russell, E. (2009). Effects of pretraining on acquisition of novel configural discriminations in human predictive learning. Learning and Behavior, 37, 311-324.

Williams, D.A., Gawel, J.D., Reimer, D.S., & Mehta, R. (2005). Resistance to interference in complex negative patterning. Learning and Behavior, 33, 417-427.

Mehta, R., Dumont, J.-L.M., Combiadakis, S., & Williams, D.A. (2004). Separate training influences relative validity. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 17, 263-278.

Mehta, R., & Williams, D.A. (2002). Elemental and configural processing of novel cues in deterministic and probabilistic tasks. Learning and Motivation, 33, 456-484.


Honours Students

Sarah Keddy. (2017). The role of numeracy, reading comprehension, and decision making styles in the cognitive reflection test.

Katherine (Katie) Redmond. (2017). The role of cognitive abilities in nutrition label comprehension.

Cheryl Oxford. (2016). Predictors of performance in Research Methods.

Josey Allen. (2015). The relationship between personality traits and motivations for consuming alcohol and marijuana.

Alexis O'Connell (2015). Barriers to eating well and being active for Acadia students.

Graduate Students

Kim Good. (2017). Confidence calibration in early year university students: A mixed methods study of factors mediating the relationships among exam item complexity, student knowledge and confidence in that knowledge. Co-supervised with Allison Petrie, School of Psychology.