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 Aimee Challenger

Aimee Challenger

Research student, School of Psychology

Email:
challengera@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8358
Location:
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Influenza vaccinations

My project is interested in examining ways to increase vaccine acceptance. Annual influenza vaccinations are recommended for all front-line healthcare workers with direct patient contact. One of the recommended approaches to increasing vaccination uptake is myth busting. However, research has noted that the myth-busting strategies used by health campaigns can experience a “backfire effect” whereby repeating the myth to individuals reinforces the information and they do not retain information about the “fact”. I have been investigating whether this effect is present in healthcare workers.

Science in the media

I am also part of a team which investigates things go wrong in the communication between scientists and  journalists. We hope to improve the way health-related research  is reported in the media. You can find out more information here: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/insciout/

Chromosomal deletions and duplications

I volunteer on a project investigating the psychiatric phenotypes of individuals with chromosomal deletions and duplications.

Research interests

My project is interested in examining ways to increase vaccine acceptance. Annual influenza vaccinations are recommended for all front-line healthcare workers with direct patient contact. One of the recommended approaches to increasing vaccination uptake is myth busting. However, research has noted that the myth-busting strategies used by health campaigns can experience a “backfire effect” whereby repeating the myth to individuals reinforces the information and they do not retain information about the “fact”. I have been investigating whether this effect is present in healthcare workers.

Research Collaborators

Dr Lewis Bott

Professor Petroc Sumner

Professor Christopher Chambers

Professor Jacky Boivin

Dr Rachel Conde Adams

Andy Williams

Dr Lewis Bott

Dr Lewis Bott

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Professor Petroc Sumner

Professor Petroc Sumner

Professor and Head of School, School of Psychology