I am a social and cognitive psychologist, and my main research interest is self regulation (how we direct our thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to achieve our goals). My research aims to understand why people fail at self-regulation, how they can get better at it, and the relationship between self-regulation and emotional, physical and social functioning.

I am particularly interested in the role of emotions in self-regulation (both how we control our emotions, and how our emotions control us), and in designing and evaluating interventions to help people bring their behaviour in line with their goals.

I also have broad interests in embodied cognition; I am interested in how our bodies shape the way we feel, think, and behave, and how this can help us to understand clinical and social psychological phenomena.


Journal Articles

Harris, P.S., Harris, P.R., & Miles, E. (2017). Self-affirmation improves performance on tasks related to executive functioning. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 70, 281–285.

Wilding, S., Conner, M., Sandberg, T., Prestwich, A, Lawton, R., Wood, C., Miles, E., Godin, G., & Sheeran, P. (2016). The question-behaviour effect: A theoretical and methodological review and meta-analysis. European Review of Social Psychology, 27(1), 196-230. 

Miles, E., Sheeran, P., Baird, H. M., Macdonald, I., Webb, T. L., & Harris, P. R. (2016). Does self-control improve with practice? Evidence from a 6-week training program. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(8), 1075-1091.

Sheeran, P., Maki, A., Montanaro, E., Avishai-Yitshak, A., Bryan, A., Klein, W. M. P., Miles, E., & Rothman, A. J. (2016). The impact of changing attitudes, norms, and self-efficacy on health-related intentions and behavior: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 35(11), 1178-1188.

Poerio, G., Totterdell, P., Emerson, L., & Miles, E. (2016). Helping the heart grow fonder during absence: Daydreaming about significant others replenishes connectedness after induced loneliness. Cognition & Emotion, 30(6), 1197-1207.

Wood, C., Conner, M., Miles, E., Sandberg, T., Taylor, N., Godin, G., & Sheeran, P. (2016). The impact of asking intention or self-prediction questions on subsequent behavior: A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 20(3), 245–268.

Poerio, G. L., Totterdell, P., Emerson, L., & Miles, E. (2016). Social daydreaming and adjustment: An experience-sampling study of socio-emotional adaptation during a life transition. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 13.

Alleva, J. M., Sheeran, P., Webb, T. L., Martijn, C., & Miles, E. (2015). A meta-analytic review of stand-alone interventions to improve body image. PLoS One, 10(9), e0139177. 

Hallam, G.P., Webb, T.L., Sheeran, P., Miles, E., Wilkinson, I.D, Hunter, M.D., Barker, A.T., Woodruff, P.R.W, Totterdell, P., Lindquist, K.A., & Farrow, T.F.D (2015). The neural correlates of emotion regulation by implementation intentions. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0119500. 

Poerio, G., Totterdell, P., Emerson, L., & Miles, E. (2015). Love is the triumph of the imagination: Daydreams about significant others are associated with increased happiness, love and connection. Consciousness & Cognition, 33, 135-144.

Hallam, G. P., Webb, T. L., Sheeran, P., Miles, E., Niven, K., Wilkinson, I. D., Hunter, M. D., Woodruff, P. W. R., Totterdell, P. & Farrow, T. F. D. (2014). The neural correlates of regulating another person’s emotions: an exploratory fMRI study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:376.

Crisp, R., Miles, E., & Husnu, S. (2014) Support for the replicability of imagined contact effects. Social Psychology, 45 (4), 303-304.

Miles, E., & Crisp, R. (2014). A meta-analytic test of the imagined contact hypothesis. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17 (1), 3-26.

Poerio, G., Totterdell, P., & Miles, E. (2013). Mind-wandering and Negative Mood: Does One Thing Really Lead to Another? Consciousness and Cognition, 22 (4), 1412–1421.

Miles, E., Sheeran, P. & Webb, T. L. (2013). Meta-analytic estimates predict the effectiveness of emotion regulation strategies in the "real world": reply to Augustine and Hemenover (2013). Psychological Bulletin, 139 (3), 730-734.

Niven, K., Totterdell, P., Miles, E., Webb, T. L. & Sheeran, P. (2013). Achieving the same for less: improving mood depletes blood glucose for people with poor (but not good) emotion control. Cognition & Emotion, 27 (1), 133-140.

Webb, T. L., Miles, E. & Sheeran, P. (2012). Dealing with feeling: a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of strategies derived from the process model of emotion regulation. Psychological Bulletin, 138 (4), 775-808.

Oldham, M., Kellett, S., Miles, E. & Sheeran, P. (2012). Interventions to increase attendance at psychotherapy: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80 (5), 928-939.

Webb, T. L., Sheeran, P., Totterdell, P., Miles, E., Mansell, W. & Baker, S. (2012). Using implementation intentions to overcome the effect of mood on risky behaviour. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51 (2), 330-345.

Webb, T. L., Schweiger Gallo, I., Miles, E., Gollwitzer, P. M. & Sheeran, P. (2012). Effective regulation of affect: an action control perspective on emotion regulation. European Review of Social Psychology, 23 (1), 143-186.

Miles, E., Poliakoff, E. & Brown, R. J. (2011). Medically unexplained symptom reports are associated with a decreased response to the rubber hand illusion. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71 (4), 240-244.

Miles, E., Brown, R. & Poliakoff, E. (2011). Investigating the nature and time-course of the modality shift effect between vision and touch. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64 (5), 871-888.

Brown, R. J., Danquah, A. N., Miles, E., Holmes, E. & Poliakoff, E. (2010). Attention to the body in nonclinical somatoform dissociation depends on emotional state. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 69 (3), 249-257.

Miles, E., Poliakoff, E. & Brown, R. J. (2008). Investigating the time course of tactile reflexive attention using a non-spatial discrimination task. Acta Psychologica, 128 (2), 210-215.

Poliakoff, E., Miles, E., Li, X. & Blanchette, I. (2007). The effect of visual threat on spatial attention to touch. Cognition, 102 (3), 405-414.


Book Sections

van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Miles, E., & Harris, P. R. (in press). Self-Affirmation and Self-Regulation: Counteracting Defensive Processing of Health Information and Facilitating Health Behavior Change. In D. de Ridder, M. Adriaanse, & K. Fujita (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing. Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge.

Di Bella, L., Miles, E., & Saul, J. (2016). Philosophers explicitly associate philosophy with maleness: An examination of implicit and explicit gender stereotypes in philosophy. In M. Brownstein & J. Saul (Eds.), Implicit bias and philosophy volume 1: Metaphysics and epistemology (pp. 283-308). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.