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Professor Marcus Munafo
Professor Marcus Munafo
Professor of Biological Psychology
MA(Oxon), MSc, PhD(Soton)
Area of research
Genetic and cognitive influences on addictive behaviour
Professor Munafò’s research focuses on understanding pathways into, and the consequences of, health behaviours and mental health, with a particular focus on tobacco and alcohol use. This work incudes: 1) observational and genetic epidemiology, and the use of a range of methods that enable stronger causal inference from observational data, such as negative control and Mendelian randomization methods; 2) the laboratory study of cognitive and neurobiological mechanistic pathways that underpin exposure-outcome relationships; and 3) the development of novel individual- and population-level interventions that target these mechanisms, including choice architecture interventions. This work has informed ongoing policy debates, such as the introduction of standardised (“plain”) packaging for tobacco products. He also has interests in the role of incentive structures in science, and the extent to which these shape the robustness and reproducibility of scientific research.
- Professor of Biological Psychology, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (2010-present)
- Reader in Biological Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (2007-2010)
- Lecturer, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (2005-2007)
- Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania (2004-2005)
- Research Fellow, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Oxford (1999-2005)
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Experimental Psychology B.Sc.
- Individual Differences, Year 2
- Transport Research Laboratory
- Servier Ltd
- World Health Organisation
Current PhD students
- Olivia Maynard: "Visual Search and Tobacco Packaging"
- Jennifer Ware: "Molecular Genetics of Nicotine Addiction" (University of Cardiff)
- Michael Anderson: "Translational Model of Depression"
- Kate Button: "Cognitive Processes in Social Anxiety"
- Suzi Gage: "Cannabis Use and Psychosis"
Current research is in the area of the genetic determinants of addictive behaviours, in particular alcohol and nicotine use, and in the role of human personality in explaining the association between genetic variation and addictive behaviours.
- Munafò, MR 2015, Understanding the candidate gene × environment interaction debate: epistemological or evidential divide?. International journal of epidemiology.
- Bastiaansen, JA, Vries, YAd & Munafò, MR 2015, Citation Distortions in the Literature on the Serotonin-Transporter-Linked Polymorphic Region and Amygdala Activation. Biological Psychiatry.
- Gage, SH, Hickman, M, Heron, J, Munafò, MR, Lewis, G, Macleod, J & Zammit, S 2015, Associations of Cannabis and Cigarette Use with Depression and Anxiety at Age 18: Findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. PloS one, vol 10., pp. e0122896
- Button, KS, Kounali, D, Stapinski, L, Rapee, RM, Lewis, G & Munafò, MR 2015, Fear of negative evaluation biases social evaluation inference: evidence from a probabilistic learning task. PloS one, vol 10., pp. e0119456
- Ainsworth, B, Marshall, JE, Meron, D, Baldwin, DS, Chadwick, P, Munafò, MR & Garner, M 2015, Evaluating psychological interventions in a novel experimental human model of anxiety. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
- Bamford, S, Penton-Voak, I, Pinkney, V, Baldwin, DS, Munafò, MR & Garner, M 2015, Early effects of duloxetine on emotion recognition in healthy volunteers. Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England).
- Munafò, M 2015, Recent Innovations at Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
- Stuart, SA, Butler, P, Munafò, MR, Nutt, DJ & Robinson, ESJ 2015, Distinct Neuropsychological Mechanisms may Explain Delayed- Versus Rapid-Onset Antidepressant Efficacy. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
- Smith, GD & Munafo, M 2015, Why is there a link between smoking and suicide?. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), vol 66., pp. 331
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