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Loukia Tzavella

Research student, School of Psychology

Email:
tzavellal@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Research summary

My primary research interest and the focus of my PhD is cognitive control in eating behaviours. Through a series of behavioural studies, I currently examine the cognitive and affective components underlying food preferences and choices between healthy and unhealthy foods. In another pre-registered study, a novel inhibitory control training (ICT) paradigm was investigated as an intervention for changing food evaluations. As part of the GW4 Undergraduate Psychology Consortium 2017/2018, a behavioural study was conducted to examine the effects of ICT on approach-avoidance tendencies in a large sample recruited from Cardiff University, University of Exeter and University of Bath campuses. I am an advocate of open science practices and all behavioural projects to date have been pre-registered on the Open Science Framework.

Research interests

  • Cognitive control & eating behaviours
  • Inhibitory control training
  • Brain stimulation 
  • Open science 

Pre-registrations

Tzavella, L., Adams, R. C., Chambers, C., Lawrence, N., & Button, K. S. (2018, June 1). The effect of inhibition training on approach-avoidance tendencies for unhealthy foods. Retrieved from osf.io/hz2nb

Tzavella, L., Chambers, C., & Verbruggen, F. (2018, May 25). Testing the efficacy of a novel inhibitory control training protocol for altering food preferences. Retrieved from osf.io/5f9b2

Funding

Cardiff School of Psychology (PhD Studentship)

Research group

Neuroscience, Cognitive Science

Research collaborators

Chris Chambers

Leah Maizey

Teaching

Teaching experience

  • Tutorials for MSc Neuroimaging: Methods & Applications students on research design and principles of non-invasive brain stimulation [2016-2017]
  • Year 1 Postgraduate Tutor (PGT), Preparation and delivery of tutorials and marking of student reports [2015-2017]
  • Practical demonstration & tutorials on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for MSc Neuroimaging: Methods & Applications students [2015-2017]
Chris Chambers

Professor Chris Chambers

Professor, Head of Brain Stimulation

Areas of expertise

External profiles