Tess graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 with a BSc in Experimental Psychology. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a research assistant in the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, and assisted on a study investigating the ‘beer goggles effect’ in a real-world drinking environment. Specifically, they asked pub-goers to rate the attractiveness of various images, then breathalysed them to obtain a score of drunkenness. Tess was then able to complete her third year project with this group, and ran a study looking at the effectiveness of unit-labelling as an alcohol control policy. They compared alcohol intake between those who received information about the unit-content of their drink, and those who did not, during a taste-test in the laboratory. As a PhD student she plans to continue researching possible influences on alcohol intake, as well as sugary drinks. Tess intends to broaden her understanding of the automatic processes involved, including how aspects of glass design may influence consumption. Tess will be supervised by Professor Theresa Marteau and Dr Rachel Pechey.
Tess is interested in developing ways to reduce alcohol and sugary drink consumption, including information based approaches, as well as choice architecture interventions. She would like to understand some of the lower-level mechanisms that may give rise to differences in intake, as well as, more broadly, why certain approaches may be more successful than others.
Maynard, O. M., Langfield, T., Attwood, A. S., Allen, E., Drew, I., Votier, A., Munafò, M. R. (2017) No Impact of Calorie or Unit Information on Ad Libitum Alcohol Consumption. Alcohol and Alcoholism. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx066
Tess was awarded a Medical Research Council Sackler Prize to fund her PhD. She is a member of Christ’s College.