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  • Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Psychology
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Other Affiliations:
  • • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • • Society for Judgment and Decision Making
  • • American Psychological Association

Ana Franco-Watkins

Research Interests:
Decision Making
Behavioral Economics and Game Theory
Applications of Decision Making to Organizations and Industry

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park
M.A., Psychology, The College of William & Mary
B.A., Psychology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Selected Publications:

Ring, K., Haynie, J.J., & Franco-Watkins, A.M. (2021). Motivating and retaining nonfamily employees in the absence of fair policies and procedures: A family firm perspective. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Advanced online publication.

Willits, T.*, & Franco-Watkins, A.M. (2021). Is it worth the regret? Deciding to engage in employee voice. Journal of Business and Psychology, 34,1151-1170.

Plexico, L.W., Sandage, M.J., Kluess, H.A., Franco-Watkins, A.M., Niedert, L.E. (2020). Blood plasma hormone level influence on vocal function. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(5), 1376-1386.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Hickey, H.K.*, Johnson, J.G. (2019). Comparing process tracing paradigms: Tracking attention via mouse and eye movements. In Schulte-Mecklenbck, M., Kuehberger, A, and Johnson, J.G (eds) A handbook of process tracing methods (2nd ed.), pp 96-110. New York: Taylor & Francis

Edwards, B.D., Franco-Watkins, A.M., McAbee, S. T., Faura, L. (2017). The case for using working memory in practice. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 55, #1, Summer.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Wadsworth, D., Hickey, H.K., Selfton, J. (2017). A primer and review: Gamification and applications to learning and training. Federal Aviation Administration, Oklahoma, OK.

Yilmaz, L., Franco-Watkins, A.M., & Kroecker, T. (2017). Computational models of ethical decisionmaking: A coherence-driven reflective equilibrium model. Cognitive Systems Research, 46, 61-74.

Baratian-Ghorghi, F.*, Zhou, H., & Franco-Watkins, A.M. (2017). The effects of red light camera on driver’s stopping propensity. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 46, 87-95

Pruthviraj*, S., Franco-Watkins, A.M., Zhang, X.*, Calhoun, V.D., & Deshpande, G. (2017). A realistic framework for investigating decision making in the brain with high spatio-temporal resolution using simultaneous EEG/fMRI and joint ICA. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 21(3), 814- 825. DOI 10.1109/JBHI.2016.2590434

Callendar, A. A., Franco-Watkins, A.M., & Roberts, A. S.* (2016). Improving metacognition in the classroom through instruction, training, and feedback. Metacognition and Learning, 11, 215-235. DOI: 10.1007/s11409-015-9142-6

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Davis*, M.E., & Johnson, J.G. (2016). The ticking time bomb: Using eye-tracking methodology to capture attentional processing under multiple time pressures. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics., 78. 2363-2372. DOI 10.3758/s13414-016-1173-9

Yilmaz, L., Franco-Watkins, A.M., & Kroecker, T. (2016). Coherence-driven reflective equilibrium model of ethical decision-making in Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA), pp. 42-48. March 21-25, San Diego, Ca.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Mattson, R.E., & Jackson, M.J.* (2016). Now or later? Attentional processing in intertemporal choice. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 29, 206-217. DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1895

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Yilmaz, L, & Wilson, W. (2015). Ethical decision making in human-computer systems interactions. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY. (technical report)

Edwards, B. E., Franco-Watkins, A.M., Cullen, K.*, Walsh, J.S.*, & Acuff, R.E.. Jr. * (2014). Unifying the challenge-hindrance and sociocognitive models of stress. International Journal of Stress Management, 21, 162-185.

Boelhouwer, E.*, Davis, J., Franco-Watkins, A.M., Dorris, N., & Lungu, C. (2013). Comprehension of hazard communication: effects of pictograms on safety data sheets and labels. Journal of Safety Research, 46, 145-155.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Edwards. B. D., & Acuff, R.E., Jr. * (2013). Effort and fairness in bargaining games. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 26, 79-90. DOI: 10.1002/bdm.762

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Mattson, R.E., & Cunningham, K.* (2012). How do I regret thee? Let me count my alternatives: Regret and decision making in intimate relationships. Psychology, 3, 657-665. DOI:10.4236/psych.2012.39100

Franco-Watkins, A.M., & Johnson, J. G. (2011) Applying the decision moving window to risky choice: Comparison of eye-tracking and mouse-tracing methods. Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 740-748.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., & Johnson, J. G. (2011). Decision moving window: Using eye tracking to examine decision processes. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 853-863. doi: 10.3758/s13428-011-0083-y

Sprenger, A. M., Dougherty, M., Atkins, S. M*., Franco-Watkins, A.M., Thomas, R., Lange, N.*, & Abbs, B. (2011). Implications of cognitive load for hypothesis generation and probability judgment. Frontiers of Cognitive Science. 2, 1-15. doi: 10.3389/fsvyg.2011.00129.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Rickard, T. C., & Pashler, H. (2010). Taxing executive processes does not necessarily increase impulsive decision making. Experimental Psychology, 57, 193-201.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., & Mattson, R. E. (2009). When working memory isn’t effective: The role of working memory constraints on rates of delayed discounting and substance-use problems. In G.H. Lassiter (Ed.) Impulsivity: Causes, Control and Disorders, pp.83-103. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Dougherty, M. R., Franco-Watkins, A.M., Thomas, R. (2008). The psychological plausibility of the theory of probabilistic mental models and fast and frugal heuristics. Psychological Review, 115, 199-211.

Dougherty, M. R., Thomas, R., & Franco-Watkins, A.M. (2008). Postscript: Vague Heuristics Revisited. Psychological Review, 115, 211-213.

Franco-Watkins, A.M. & Dougherty, M. R. (2006). Word concreteness and encoding effects on contextdependent discrimination. Memory and Cognition, 34, 973.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Pashler, H., & Rickard, T. C. (2006). Does working memory load lead to greater impulsivity? Commentary on Hinson, Jameson, and Whitney’s (2003). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 32, 443-447.

Dougherty, M. R. P., & Franco-Watkins, A.M. (2003). Reducing bias in frequency judgment by improving source monitoring. Acta Psychologica, 113, 23-44.

Franco-Watkins, A.M., Derks, P., & Dougherty, M. R. P. (2003). Reasoning in the Monty Hall Problem: Examining choice behaviour and probability judgements. Thinking & Reasoning, 9, 67-90.

Dougherty, M. R. P., & Franco-Watkins, A.M. (2002). The use of memory models to explain judgments of frequency and probability: MINERVA II and MINERVA-DM. In T. Betsch & P. Sedlmeier’s (Eds.), Etc. Frequency processing and cognition (pp. 121-136). Oxford, UK: Oxford University.

Dougherty, M. R. P., & Franco-Watkins, A.M. (2000). A rational analysis of rationality? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 14, 595-597.