My research interests are broadly focused on the biopsychology of food choice and intake. I am currently in the final stages of my PhD, which focuses on two questions: i) how do we develop food preferences and knowledge about the satiating properties of food(s)?, and, ii) what is the role of interoceptive awareness (the ability to detect internally generated physiological signals) in human dietary behaviour? Studies completed to explore these questions have involved behavioural and psychophysical techniques, including the use of eye-tracking and electrocardiography (ECG).
I graduated from Keele University in 2003 with a BSc in Psychology and subsequently spent several years working in outsourcing as a Project Manager / Business Analyst. In 2008 I completed an MSc in ‘Research Methods in Psychology’ at the University of Bristol. My dissertation was supervised by Professor Jeff Brunstom and looked at how integrating multiple food expectations when faced with food variety may lead to the use of decision-heuristics and cognitive shortcuts. I subsequently moved to King’s College London to investigate a form of decision-making bias in medical reasoning. Specifically, this project looked at how general practitioners may distort ...
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