PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC +3)
School of Psychology, Plymouth University
Start date: October 2017
Research topic: Using natural environments to reduce craving: cognitive and affective mechanisms.
My research investigates whether increased exposure to natural environments reduces craving for potentially health-damaging behaviours (e.g. snacking, smoking, substance use). Integrating theoretical approaches from environmental psychology with the Elaborated Intrusion theory of craving (Kavanagh, Andrade & May, 2005) the project examines which characteristics of natural environments are most relevant to craving, as well as exploring the cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying any effects. Synthesising and extending two fields of research, this project has practical applications to environmental policies and public health initiatives.
Research supervisors: Dr Sabine Pahl, Professor Jon May, Dr Mathew White