Publications

  1. & Recreational stimulants, herbal, and spice cannabis: The core psychobiological processes that underlie their damaging effects. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental 32(3), e2594
  2. & Psychomotor Tremor and Proprioceptive Control Problems in Current and Former Stimulant Drug Users: An Accelerometer Study of Heavy Users of Amphetamine, MDMA, and Other Recreational Stimulants. The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
  3. & Recreational 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or ‘ecstasy’: Current perspective and future research prospects. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 026988111771192
  4. Psychoactive drug influences on hair cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology 81, 159
  5. & Mephedrone and 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine: Comparative psychobiological effects as reported by recreational polydrug users. Journal of Psychopharmacology 30(12), 1313-1320.

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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.

  • 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: Prof David / Dave Clarke