School of Psychology Contacts & people

Rachel Adams

Research group:
Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
Email:
AdamsRC@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 4007
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

My research aims to investigate the method of training response inhibition as a potential treatment for addictive behaviours. Recent research has shown that participating in a short task involving motor inhibition can lead to reductions in monetary risk taking and consumption of food and alcohol. The aim of my research is to further understand and improve this approach with particular application to food consumption.

Teaching summary

Level 1 Postgraduate Tutor – conducting statistical and project writing tutorials as well as practical report marking.

Selected publications (2008 onwards)

2013

Maizey, L., Allen, C. P. G., Dervinis, M., Verbruggen, F., Varnava, A., Kozlov, M. D., Adams, R. C., Stokes, M., Klemen, J., Bungert, A., Hounsell, C. A. and Chambers, C. D. (2013). Comparative incidence rates of mild adverse effects to transcranial magnetic stimulationClinical Neurophysiology, 124(3), 536-544. (10.1016/j.clinph.2012.07.024) pdf

Stokes, M. G., Barker, A. T., Dervinis, M., Verbruggen, F., Maizey, L., Adams, R. C. and Chambers, C. D. (2013). Biophysical determinants of transcranial magnetic stimulation: Effects of excitability and depth of targeted areaJournal of Neurophysiology, 109(2), 437-444. (10.1152/jn.00510.2012)

Verbruggen, F., Adams, R. C., Van't Wout, F., Stevens, T., McLaren, I. and Chambers, C. D. (2013). Are the effects of response inhibition on gambling long-lasting?PLoS ONE, 8(7) (10.1371/journal.pone.0070155) pdf

2012

Adams, R. C. and Chambers, C. D. (2012). Mapping the timecourse of goal-directed attention to location and colour in human visionActa Psychologica, 139(3), 515-523. (10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.01.014)

Verbruggen, F., Adams, R. C. and Chambers, C. D. (2012). Proactive motor control reduces monetary risk taking in gamblingPsychological Science, 23(7), 805-815. (10.1177/0956797611434538) pdf

Full list of publications

2013

Maizey, L., Allen, C. P. G., Dervinis, M., Verbruggen, F., Varnava, A., Kozlov, M. D., Adams, R. C., Stokes, M., Klemen, J., Bungert, A., Hounsell, C. A. and Chambers, C. D. (2013). Comparative incidence rates of mild adverse effects to transcranial magnetic stimulationClinical Neurophysiology, 124(3), 536-544. (10.1016/j.clinph.2012.07.024) pdf

Stokes, M. G., Barker, A. T., Dervinis, M., Verbruggen, F., Maizey, L., Adams, R. C. and Chambers, C. D. (2013). Biophysical determinants of transcranial magnetic stimulation: Effects of excitability and depth of targeted areaJournal of Neurophysiology, 109(2), 437-444. (10.1152/jn.00510.2012)

Verbruggen, F., Adams, R. C., Van't Wout, F., Stevens, T., McLaren, I. and Chambers, C. D. (2013). Are the effects of response inhibition on gambling long-lasting?PLoS ONE, 8(7) (10.1371/journal.pone.0070155) pdf

2012

Adams, R. C. and Chambers, C. D. (2012). Mapping the timecourse of goal-directed attention to location and colour in human visionActa Psychologica, 139(3), 515-523. (10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.01.014)

Verbruggen, F., Adams, R. C. and Chambers, C. D. (2012). Proactive motor control reduces monetary risk taking in gamblingPsychological Science, 23(7), 805-815. (10.1177/0956797611434538) pdf

Research topics and related papers

Dual process theories propose that addictive behaviours are the result of strong automatic impulses and weakened cognitive control abilities. Research has shown that compared to those with high restraint, individuals with weak inhibitory control eat more calorific food, drink more alcohol and smoke more cigarettes. Furthermore, a short period of response inhibition training can lead to reductions in monetary risk taking and consumption of food and alcohol. This implies that response inhibition training could be an effective strategy to increase control over impulsive or addictive behaviours. My research aims to explore this effect with particular application to smoking cessation.

Funding

Cardiff School of Psychology PhD Studentship

Research group

Neuroscience
Cognitive Science

Research collaborators

Dr Chris Chambers
Dr Frederick Verbruggen (University of Exeter)
Dr Natalia Lawrence
Professor Rob Honey

Undergraduate education

2006-2010: BSc Applied Psychology (1st Class honours), Cardiff University

Awards/external committees

2008: Second Year Prize
2010: Final Year Prize
2010: Undergraduate Award

BPS graduate membership
APS membership

Employment

2010-2011: Research Assistant, TMS Group, Cardiff University