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Karis Vaughan

Research student, School of Psychology

Research summary

Mindfulness is defined as  “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and  nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, p.4). Greater mindfulness is  associated with less calorie intake, greater preference for healthy food and  greater nutritional knowledge (Jordan, Wang, Donatoni & Meier, 2014;  Pidgeon, Lacota & Champion, 2013) and has been linked to a variety of  cognitive processes, such as executive control, which have also been implicated  in models of obesity (O’Reilly, Cook, Spruijt-Metz & Black, 2014). This  evidence would suggest that mindfulness-based techniques may present an  effective intervention for weight management.
My work will further investigate the relationships  between mindfulness and eating behaviour with the aim of informing the design  of an effective mindfulness-based intervention for weight management. Initial  work will examine links between mindfulness, nutritional knowledge, food  preference, health values and behavioural variables as well as attempting to  determine why such relationships exist.

Teaching summary

First year  practical tutorials

Research interests

Research topics and related papers

Mindfulness, weight  management
Jordan, C. H., Wang, W., Donatoni, L., & Meier, B. P.  (2014). Mindful eating: Trait and state mindfulness predict healthier eating  behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 68, 107-111.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go, there you are. New  York: Hyperion.

O'Reilly, G., Cook, L., Spruijt‐Metz, D., & Black, D.  (2014). Mindfulness‐based interventions for obesity‐related eating behaviours:  a literature review. Obesity Reviews, 15(6), 453-461.

Pidgeon, A., Lacota, K., & Champion, J. (2013). The  moderating effects of mindfulness on psychological distress and emotional  eating behaviour. Australian Psychologist, 48(4), 262-269.

Teper, R., Segal, Z. V., & Inzlicht, M. (2013). Inside  the Mindful Mind How Mindfulness Enhances Emotion Regulation Through  Improvements in Executive Control. Current Directions in Psychological Science,  22(6), 449-454.



Research group

Social & environmental psychology

Research collaborators

Geoff Haddock