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Cubillas, C. P., Vadillo, M. A., & Matute, H. (2017). Changes in cue configuration reduce the impact of interfering information in a predictive learning task. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:2050. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02050

Moreno-Fernández, M. M., Blanco, F., Garaizar, P., & Matute, H. (2017). Fishing for phishers. Improving Internet users’ sensitivity to visual deception cues to prevent electronic fraud. Computers in Human Behavior, 69, 421–436.


Garaizar, P., Cubillas, C. P., & Matute, H. (2016). A HTML5 open source tool to conduct studies based on Libet’s clock paradigm. Scientific Reports, 6, 32689. doi:10.1038/srep32689

Matute, H. (2016). ¿Adicción, abuso o uso problemático de Internet? En E. Echeburúa (Ed.), Abuso de Internet ¿Antesala para la adicción al juego de azar on-line? (pp. 31-50). Madrid: Pirámide. [ISBN: 978-84-368-3581-6]

Vadillo, M. A., Blanco, F., Yarritu, I., & Matute, H. (2016). Single- and dual-process models of biased contingency detection. Experimental Psychology, 63, 3-19. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000309


Blanco, F., Barberia, I., & Matute, H. (2015). Individuals who believe in the paranormal expose themselves to biased information and develop more causal illusions than nonbelievers in the laboratory. PLoS ONE, 10(7): e0131378.

Blanco, F., & Matute, H. (2015). Exploring the factors that encourage the illusions of control: The case of preventive illusions. Experimental Psychology, 62(2), 131-142. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000280

Matute, H., Blanco, F., Yarritu, I., Díaz-Lago, M., Vadillo, M. A., & Barberia, I. (2015) Illusions of causality: how they bias our everyday thinking and how they could be reduced. Frontiers in Psychology, 6,888. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00888

Msetfi1, R. M., Kornbrot, D. E., Matute, H., & Murphy, R. A. (2015). The relationship between mood state and perceived control in contingency learning: effects of individualist and collectivist values. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 01430. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01430

Yarritu, I. & Matute, H. (2015) Previous knowledge can induce an illusion of causality through actively biasing behavior. Frontiers in Psychology 6,389. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00389

Yarritu, I., Matute, H., Luque, D. (2015). The dark side of cognitive illusions: When an illusory belief interferes with the acquisition of evidence-based knowledge. British Journal of Psychology, 106, 597-608. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12119


Blanco, F., Barberia, I., & Matute, H. (2014). The lack of side effects of an innocuous treatment facilitates the development of erroneous belief in its effectivenessPLoS ONE 9(1): e84084.

Garaizar, P., Vadillo, M. A., López-de-Ipiña, D., & Matute, H. (2014). Measuring software timing errors in the presentation of visual stimuli in cognitive neuroscience experiments. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85108. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085108

Matute, H. & Blanco, F. (2014). Reducing the illusion of control when the action is followed by undesired outcomes. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 1087-1093. doi: 10.3758/s13423-014-0584-7

Matute, H., Steegen, S., & Vadillo, M. A. (2014). Outcome probability modulates anticipatory behavior to signals that are equally reliableAdaptive Behavior, 22, 207-216. doi: 10.1177/1059712314527005 

Yarritu, I., Matute, H., & Vadillo, M. A. (2014). Illusion of control: The role of personal involvement. Experimental Psychology, 61, 38-47. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000225


Barberia, I., Blanco, F., Cubillas, C. P., & Matute, H. (2013) Implementation and Assessment of an intervention to debias adolescents against causal illusionsPLoS ONE 8(8): e71303. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071303

Blanco, F., Matute, H., & Vadillo, M. A. (2013). Interactive effects of the probability of the cue and the probability of the outcome on the overestimation of null contingencyLearning & Behavior, 41, 333-340. doi: 10.3758/s13420-013-0108-8

Matute, H. (2013). Internet, ¿adicción o no adicción? En Instituto Deusto de Drogodependencias (Ed.), ¿Existen las adicciones sin sustancias? (pp. 19-38). Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto. [ISBN: 978-84-15759-28-7]

Orgaz, C., Estevez, A. & Matute, H. (2013). Pathological gamblers are more vulnerable to the illusion of control in a standard associative learning task. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:306. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00306

Vadillo, M. A., De Houwer, J., De Schryver, M., Ortega-Castro, N., & Matute, H. (2013). Evidence for an illusion of causality when using the Implicit Association Test to measure learning. Learning and Motivation, 44, 303-311.

Vadillo, M. A., Matute, H., & Blanco, F. (2013). Fighting the illusion of control: How to make use of cue competition and alternative explanations.  Universitas Psychologica,  12, 261-269.

Vadillo, M. A., Orgaz, C., Luque, D., Cobos, P. L., López, F. J., & Matute, H. (2013). The role of outcome inhibition in interference between outcomes: A contingency-learning analogue of retrieval-induced forgetting.  British Journal of Psychology,   104, 167-180.


Blanco, F., Matute, H., & Vadillo, M. A. (2012).Mediating role of activity level in the depressive realism effect. PLoS ONE, 7, e46203.

Garaizar, P., Vadillo, M. A., López-de-Ipiña, D., & Matute, H. (2012). The web as a platform for e-research in psychology. In A. Juan, T. Daradoumis, M. Roca, S. E. Grasman, & J. Faulin (Eds.), Collaborative and distributed e-research: Innovations in technologies, strategies and applications (pp. 34-61). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Matute H. & Vadillo M. (2012). Causal learning and illusions of control. In N. M. Seel (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/SpringerReference_301904

Matute H., Vadillo M., Garaizar P. (2012): Web-Based Experiment Control for Research on Human Learning. In N. M. Seel (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Berlin: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_301903


Blanco, F., Matute, H., & Vadillo, M. A. (2011). Making the uncontrollable seem controllable: The role of action in the illusion of control. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64 , 1290-1304. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2011.552727

Luque, D., Morís, J., Orgaz, C., Cobos, P. L., & Matute, H. (2011). Backward blocking and interference between cues are empirically equivalent in noncausally framed learning tasks.Psychological Record, 61, 141-152.

Matute, H., Lipp, O. V., Vadillo, M. A., & Humphreys, M. S. (2011). Temporal contexts: Filling the gap between episodic memory and associative learningJournal of Experimental psychology: General, 140, 660-673.

Matute, H., Yarritu, I., & Vadillo, M. A. (2011). Illusions of causality at the heart of pseudoscience. British Journal of Psychology, 102, 392-405 . doi: 10.1348/000712610X532210

Vadillo, M. A. & Matute, H. (2011). Further evidence on the validity of web-based research on associative learning: Augmentation in a predictive learning task, 27, 750–754. Computers in Human Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2010.10.020

Vadillo, M. A., Musca, S. C., Blanco, F., & Matute, H. (2011). Contrasting cue density effects in causal and prediction judgments. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 110-115. doi: 10.3758/s13423-010-0032-2


Blanco, F., Matute, H., & Vadillo, M. A. (2010). Contingency is used to prepare for outcomes: Implications for a functional analysis of learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review,17 (1), 117-121.

Castro, L., & Matute, H. (2010). Positive and negative mediation as a function of whether the absent cue was previously associated with the outcome. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 2359 – 2375. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2010.493614 .

Garaizar, P., Vadillo, M. A., & Matute, H. (2010). ¿Puede la web social emplearse como plataforma de e-learning para el aprendizaje colaborativo? Ponencia invitada en el Tercer Congreso Virtual Internacional de Psicólogos Navegantes]. Publicada en Notas: Boletín Electrónico de Investigación de la Asociación Oaxaqueña de Psicología A.C., 6(2), 127-135.

Musca, S. C., Vadillo, M. A., Blanco, F., & Matute, H. (2010). The role of cue information in the outcome-density effect: Evidence from neural network simulations and a causal learning experiment. Connection Science, 22 (2), 177-192.

Vadillo, M. A., & Matute, H. (2010).  Augmentation in contingency learning under time pressure. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 579-589.


Blanco, F., Matute, H., & Vadillo, M. A. (2009). Depressive realism: Wiser or quieter?Psychological Record, 59, 551-562

Castro, L., Wasserman, E. A., & Matute, H. (2009). Learning about absent events in human contingency judgments. In S. Watanabe, A. P. Blaisdell, L. Huber, & A. Young, A. (Eds.), Rational Animals, Irrational Humans (pp. 83-99). Tokyo: Keio University Press.

Matute, H. & Vadillo, M.A., (2009). The Proust effect and the evolution of a dual learning system.Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 32, 215-216.

Vadillo, M. A., & Matute, H. (2009). Learning in virtual environments: Some discrepancies between laboratory- and Internet-based research on associative learning. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 402-406.


Blanco, F., Vadillo, M. A., & Matute, H. (2008). La pasividad de los deprimidos les protege de la ilusión de control. In I. Etxebarria, A. Aritzeta, E. Barberá, M. Chóliz, M. Jiménez, F. Martínez-Sánchez, P. Mateos, & D. Páez (Eds.), Emoción y Motivación: Contribuciones actuales (Vol. 2, pp. 79-91). Astigarraga, España: Asociación de Motivación y Emoción.

Musca, S. C., Vadillo, M. A., Blanco, F., & Matute, H. (2008). Associative and connectionist accounts of biased contingency detection in humans. In R. M. French & E. Thomas (Eds.), From associations to rules: Connectionist models of behavior and cognition (pp. 16-27). Singapore: World Scientific.

Orgaz, C., Luque, D., Vadillo, M.A., López, F. J., y Matute, H. (2008). La interferencia retroactiva entre claves entrenadas por separado: Evidencia empírica y enfoques teóricos. Escritos de Psicología, 2, 85-96.

Vadillo, M. A., Castro, L., Matute, H., & Wasserman, E. A. (2008). Backward blocking: The role of within-compound associations and interference between cues trained apart. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 185-193.

Vadillo, M. A., Orgaz, C., & Matute, H. (2008). Overshadowed cues have reduced ability to retroactively interfere with other cues. Learning and Motivation, 39, 313-322.


Beckers, T., De Houwer, J., & Matute, H. (2007). Editorial: Human contingency learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 289-290.

Matute, H., & Vadillo, M. A. (2007). Assessing e-learning in web labs. In L. Gomes & J. García-Zubía (Eds.), Advances on remote laboratories and e-learning experiences (pp. 97-107). Bilbao, Spain: University of Deusto. [ISBN: 978-84-9830-077-2].

Matute, H., Vadillo, M. A., & Bárcena, R.(2007). Web-based experiment control software for research and teaching on human learning. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 689–693.

Matute, H., Vadillo, M. A., Blanco, F., & Musca, S. C. (2007). Either greedy or well informed: The reward maximization – unbiased evaluation trade-off. In S. Vosniadou, D. Kayser, & A. Protopapas (Eds.), Proceedings of EuroCogSci07, the European Cognitive Science Conference (pp. 341-346). Hove, UK: Erlbaum. [ISBN: 978-1-84169-696-6].

Matute, H., Vadillo, M. A., Vegas, S., & Blanco, F. (2007). The illusion of control in Internet users and college students. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10 (2), 176-181.

Vadillo, M. A., & Matute, H. (2007). Introducción al aprendizaje causal. En O. Pineño, M. A. Vadillo, & H. Matute (Eds.), Psicología del aprendizaje (pp. 301-322). Badajoz: Abecedario. [ISBN: 84-96560-40-6].

Vadillo, M. A., & Matute, H. (2007). Predictions and causal estimations are not supported by the same associative structure. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 433-447.


Matute, H. (2006). Aprendizaje. En A. Ortiz-Osés y P. Lanceros (Eds.). Diccionario de la existencia. Barcelona: Anthropos, pp. 46-49. [ISBN: 84-7658-799-6].

Matute, H. (2006). Conducta. En A. Ortiz-Osés y P. Lanceros (Eds.). Diccionario de la existencia. Barcelona: Anthropos, pp. 93-97. [ISBN: 84-7658-799-6]

Vadillo, M. A., Bárcena, R., & Matute, H. (2006). The Internet as a research tool in the study of associative learning: An example from overshadowing. Behavioural Processes, 73, 36-40.


Arcediano, F., Matute, H., Escobar, M, & Miller, R.R. (2005). Competition between antecedent and between subsequent stimuli in causal judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition,31, 228-237.

Pineño, O., Denniston, J.C., Beckers, T., Matute, H., & Miller, R.R. (2005). Contrasting Predictive and Causal Values of Predictors and of Causes. Learning & Behavior, 33, 184-196.

Pineño, O., & Matute, H. (2005). Outcome Similarity Modulates Retroactive Interference between Cues Trained Apart. Psicológica, 26, 281-292.

Vadillo, M. A., y Matute, H. (2005). Nuevas perspectivas teóricas para el estudio de la extinción en juicios de causalidad. En N. J. Vila y J. M. Rosas (Eds.), Aprendizaje causal y recuperación de la información: Perspectivas teóricas (pp. 31-46). Jaén: Del Lunar. [ISBN: 84-95331-29-2].

Vadillo, M. A., Miller, R.R. & Matute, H. (2005). Causal and Predictive-Value Judgments, but not Predictions, are based on Cue-Outcome Contingency. Learning & Behavior, 33, 172-183.


Matute, H. (2004). Investigación con humanos en aprendizaje asociativo. En R. Pellón y A. Huidobro (Eds.). Inteligencia y aprendizaje. Barcelona: Ariel., pp. 261-304. [ISBN: 84-344-0914-3].

Vadillo, M. A., Vegas, S., & Matute, H. (2004). The Frequency of Judgment as a Context-like Determinant of Predictive Judgments. Memory & Cognition, 32, 1065-1075.


Matute, H. (2003). ¿Existe la adicción a Internet? En H. Matute, Adaptarse a Internet: Mitos y realidades sobre los aspectos psicológicos de la red. La Coruña: La Voz de Galicia. [ISBN: 84-9757-115-0] [Premio Prisma de Divulgación Científica otorgado por La Casa de las Ciencias].

Pineño, O., Vegas, S., & Matute, H. (2003). Factores que median en la expresión del aprendizaje asociativo humano. En J. Vila, J. Nieto y J. M. Rosas (Eds.). Investigación contemporánea en aprendizaje asociativo, pp. 175-190. Jaén: Del Lunar. [ISBN: 84-95331-15-2].


Castro, L., Ortega, N., & Matute, H. (2002). Proactive interference in human predictive learning.International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 15, 55-68.

Castro, L., Vegas, S. y Matute, H. (2002). Aprendizaje predictivo y causal: ¿evidencia de diferentes niveles? Cognitiva, 14, 43-48.

Escobar, M., Pineño, O., & Matute, H. (2002). A comparison between elemental and compound training of cues in retrospective revaluation. Animal Learning & Behavior, 30, 228 – 238.

Matute, H. (2002). Introducción: Aprendizaje de relaciones causales. Cognitiva, 14. (monográfico sobre aprendizaje causal), 7-14.

Matute, H., Vegas, S., & De Marez, P-J. (2002). Flexible use of recent information in causal and predictive judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 28, 714-725.


Arcediano, F., Escobar, M., & Matute, H. (2001). Reversal from blocking in humans as a result of posttraining extinction of the blocking stimulus. Animal Learning & Behavior, 29, 354-366.

Escobar, M., Matute, H., & Miller, R.R. (2001). Cues trained apart compete for behavioral control in rats: Convergence with the associative interference literature. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 130, 97-115.


Oberling, P., Bristol, A., Matute, H., & Miller, R.R. (2000). Biological significance attenuates overshadowing, relative validity, and degraded contingency effects. Animal Learning & Behavior, 28, 172-186.

Ortega, N. & Matute, H. (2000). Interference between elementally-trained stimuli can take place in one trial. Learning and Motivation, 31, 323-344.

Pineño, O. & Matute, H. (2000). Interference in human predictive learning when associations share a common element. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 13, 16-33.

Pineño, O., Ortega, N., & Matute, H. (2000). The relative activation of the associations modulates interference between elementally-trained cues. Learning and Motivation, 31, 128-152.


Gerolin, M. & Matute, H. (1999). Bidirectional associations. Animal Learning & Behavior, 27, 42-49.


Matute, H. (1998). Learning and conditioning. In M. Eysenck (Ed.): Psychology: An integrated approach (pp. 68-99). London: Addison Wesley Longman. [ISBN: 0582298849].

Matute, H. & Miller, R.R. (1998). Detecting causal relations. In W. O’Donohue (Ed.): Learning and behavior therapy. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. [ISBN: 0205186092].

Matute, H. & Pineño, O. (1998). Cue Competition in the absence of compound training: Its relation to paradigms of competition between outcomes. In D.L. Medin (Ed.): The psychology of learning and motivation, Vol. 38 (pp. 45-81). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. ISBN: 0125433387.

Matute, H. & Pineño, O. (1998). Stimulus competition in the absence of compound conditioning.Animal Learning & Behavior, 26, 3-14.

Miller, R.R. & Matute, H. (1998). Competition between outcomes. Psychological Science, 9, 146-149.


Arcediano, F., Matute, H., & Miller, R.R. (1997). Blocking of Pavlovian conditioning in humans.Learning and Motivation, 28, 188-199.

Esmorís-Arranz, F.J., Miller, R.R., & Matute, H. (1997). Blocking of subsequent and antecedent events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 23, 145-156.

Gunther, L.M., Miller, R.R., & Matute, H. (1997). CSs and USs: What’s the difference? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 23, 15-30.


Arcediano, F., Ortega, N., & Matute, H. (1996). A behavioural preparation for the study of human Pavlovian conditioning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 49B, 270-283.

Denniston, J.C., Miller, R.R., & Matute, H. (1996). Biological significance as a determinant of cue competition. Psychological Science, 7, 325-331.

Matute, H. (1996). Illusion of control: Detecting response-outcome independence in analytic but not in naturalistic conditions. Psychological Science, 7, 289-293.

Matute, H., Arcediano, F., & Miller, R.R. (1996). Test question modulates cue competition between causes and between effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 22, 182-196.

Miller, R.R. & Matute, H. (1996). Biological significance in forward and backward blocking: Resolution of a discrepancy between animal conditioning and human causal judgment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 125, 370-386.

Miller, R.R. & Matute, H. (1996). Animal analogues of causal judgment. In D.R. Shanks, K.J. Holyoak, and D.L. Medin (Eds.): The psychology of learning and motivation, Vol. 34: Causal learning. (pp. 133-166). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.


Alberdi, E., & Matute, H. (1995). Categorization and adaptive behavior: The role of associative processes in symbolic concept learning. In ECCS-95: Conference Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Science, (pp. 39-46) Le Chesnay, France: Inria.

Matute, H. (1995). Human reactions to uncontrollable outcomes: Further evidence for superstitions rather than helplessness. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 48B, 142-157.


Matute, H. (1994). Learned helplessness and superstitious behavior as opposite effects of uncontrollable reinforcement in humans. Learning and Motivation, 25, 216-232.


Matute,H. (1993). Aprendizaje y representación de conceptos. In J.I. Navarro (Ed.): Aprendizaje y Memoria Humana: Aspectos Básicos y Evolutivos. pp. 521-543. Madrid: McGraw-Hill.


Alberdi, E., Matute, H., y Rementeria, S. (1992). Aprendizaje a partir de ejemplos y asignación de pesos: una aproximación a la adquisición de conceptos desde teorías psicológicas asociativas. In A. Del Moral y M. LLaguno (Eds.): Nuevas Tendencias en Inteligencia Artificial, pp. 260-290. Bilbao: Ed. Universidad de Deusto.

Matute,H. & Alberdi, E. (1992). Abstractional and associative processes in concept learning: a simulation of pigeon data. Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 546-551. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


Alberdi, E., y Matute, H. (1991). Aprendizaje incremental a partir de ejemplos en un contexto ruidoso de resolución de problemas. Actas del IV Congreso de la Asociación Española Para La Inteligencia Artificial (AEPIA-91). pp. 273-283. Madrid: AEPIA.