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 with data collection on a study investigating the ‘beer goggles effect’ in a real-world drinking environment. Tess then completed her third year project with this group, conducting a study to explore the effect of unit and calorie labelling on alcohol intake. As a PhD student she continues to explore drinking behaviour, broadening her understanding of the automatic processes involved, including how aspects of glass design may influence consumption. Tess is supervised by Professor Theresa Marteau and Dr Rachel Pechey.
Tess is interested in behaviour change. She would like to understand some of the lower-level mechanisms driving health behaviours, as well as, more broadly, why certain behaviour change approaches may be more effective than others. Ultimately she is interested in understanding the nature of human behaviour, including the factors (physical and social environments, motivations, underlying processes) that shape it. She also has a keen interest in research reproducibility and open science practices. Tess has also published in areas relating to evolutionary psychological science.
Tess teaches on the NST Part IB Experimental Psychology Course, leading a Social Psychology practical. Tess also gives a lecture on the MVST Part 1A Social Context of Health and Illness course.
Tess also supervises undergraduates on this course.
Langfield, T., Pechey, R., Pilling, M., & Marteau, T. M. (2018). Impact of glass shape on time taken to drink a soft drink: A laboratory-based experiment. PLOS ONE, 13(8), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202793
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, 53(1), p.12-19, https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx066
Langfield, T. (2017) Cheater Detection. In: Shackelford T., Weekes-Shackelford V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2958-1
Langfield, T. (2017) Neophobia. In: Shackelford T., Weekes-Shackelford V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2945-1
Tess was awarded a Medical Research Council Sackler Prize to fund her PhD. She was Vice President and Treasurer of Christ’s College MCR (2018-19). She is currently serving as Externals Officer on Christ’s MCR (2019-20). Tess is currently a visiting scholar ay Macquarie University, Sydney (June 2019),and was the recipient of an international award to support this visit (the Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award 2019, sponsored by the International Behavioural Trials Network).