Melda Griffiths

Research student, School of Psychology

Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Research summary

I'm researching the psychology of food choice in  naturalistic settings, with a particular focus on how these settings can be  architected to promote healthier choices.

Part of this research involves a focused exploration of the Welsh Healthy  Vending directive, which instructs hospitals in Wales to restrict their vending  machines to stock only healthy options and display only health-promoting labels  and signage.  We will measure the effects of the directive on the  profitability of vending, and explore whether manipulating product prices,  promotional material, and the locations of vending machines can push consumers  towards healthier choices.

Other avenues of interest to us include the consequences of imposing healthy  choices on individuals, and the circumstances in which health-promoting labels  and signage do or do not influence choices.

Teaching summary

I am a statistics advisor for UG Year 1, which  involves holding drop-in clinics and marking statistics exams.

I have worked as a practical class assistant for UG Year 2, which involved  supporting class delivery, providing feedback on work and giving statistical  advice.

Undergraduate education

BSc Psychology  (First Class Honours),  Cardiff University, 2015

Postgraduate education

MSc in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University 2016-2017

Research interests


School of Psychology


Research group

Cognitive Science

Research collaborators

Dr Lewis Bott