About Me

Publications

  1. The Psychobiological Problems of Continued Nicotine Dependency in E-Cigarette ‘Vapers’. Commentary: “Electronic Cigarettes”. Frontiers in Psychiatry 6
  2. & Novel psychoactive substances: second and third international conferences. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental 30(4), 209-212.
  3. & Mood and Psychomotor Tremor Changes following Acute Caffeine Consumption in Moderate and Minimal Caffeine Consumers. Journal of Caffeine Research 5(1), 42-49.
  4. & Saturday night fever in Ecstasy/MDMA dance clubbers: heightened body temperature and associated psychobiological changes.. Temperature 1(3), 214-219.
  5. & Reduced memory skills and increased hair cortisol levels in recent Ecstasy/MDMA users: significant but independent neurocognitive and neurohormonal deficits. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental 30(3), 199-207.

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Teaching

  • PS-M59 Psychopharmacology for Clinical Psychologists

    Psychopharmacology is of great practical interest to clinical psychologists. We will investigate the effects of clinical medications on human psychobiology, and debate how they can facilitate therapeutic approaches. We will also investigate the social-recreational drugs, including legal drugs such as alcohol and nicotine, and illegal drugs such as cannabis and cocaine. We will review their effects on mood and behaviour, and debate how their use can heighten distress. Many drugs are addictive, and so we will also cover topics such as chronic tolerance and drug dependency.

  • PS-M60 Practical Applications in Cognitive Neuroscience

    Students design, execute, analyze and report on projects of their own choosing based around a particular cognitive neuroscience application, drawing on the workshops/seminars which include cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, eye tracking, electrophysiological, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and brain stimulation techniques. This core module is appropriate to students wishing to pursue a career in cognitive neuroscience.

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about ‘political psychology’, ‘positive psychology’ ‘why people take part in extreme sports’, ‘does cannabis use cause schizophrenia’ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

  • PSY346 Drugs and Behaviour

    The effects of psychoactive drugs upon human behaviour. Some classes of psychoactive drug are used to treat clinical problems, for example antipsychotic drugs for schizophrenia, or antidepressant drugs for clinical depression. The other main area of psychoactive drug usage is for social and recreational purposes. Alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine are legally available, while other drugs such as cannabis, Ecstasy/MDMA, amphetamine, and the opiates are illegal. Their regular usage of is often associated with psychological and health problems, while some can have adverse neurocognitive effects, and many are addictive. The core textbook ‘Understanding Drugs and Behaviour’ is written by the unit leader.

Supervision

  • Negotiating Urban and Wilderness Environments: Tracking Environmental and Mediated Information Use (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor David / Dave Clarke
  • '''Exploring Substance Abuse: Factors Affecting Attentional Biases and Automaticity''' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Irene Reppa
  • Sleep, Memory and Cognition in Ecstasy/MDMA Users (awarded 2009)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Mark Blagrove