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Professor Matt Field: What has experimental psychology done for behavioural medicine?

Date: 7 March 2018
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Location:

Southwark Campus - VG06, K2 Building

Organiser: Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research, School of Applied Sciences
Contact details: 020 7815 7815, events@lsbu.ac.uk
Price: Free
Students working in a group at London South Bank University

This presentation will provide an overview of behavioural interventions for the reduction of food intake and alcohol consumption that originated in experimental psychology research

This presentation will provide an overview of behavioural interventions for the reduction of food intake and alcohol consumption that originated in experimental psychology research. It will consider how well they have translated outside of the laboratory, and their efficacy as behaviour change interventions.

Some experimental manipulations that robustly influence food and alcohol intake in the laboratory have translated into efficacious behaviour change interventions. One example is cue avoidance training, a form of cognitive bias modification, although this has yet to be widely implemented. There are also many examples of promising laboratory findings that could not be translated into viable behaviour change interventions. There are other instances where the evidence base from laboratory studies is compelling, and intervention studies in the field are now needed (e.g. choice architecture interventions).

Consideration of methodological issues such as the construct and predictive validity of laboratory outcome measures, participant demand effects, identification of mechanisms of action, and non-linear dose-response effects can maximise the potential to translate laboratory findings into viable and efficacious behaviour change interventions. It is also important to consider frameworks for translational research pathways, and to recognize the importance of distinguishing randomized controlled trials from other types of research when synthesizing evidence.

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