Job: Lecturer in Psychology
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Lauren is an experimental psychologist, within the field of appetite and obesity. Broadly speaking, her primary research interest is food marketing and promotion. This includes the influence of the food environment on eating behaviours (choice, preference, intake), specifically the types of foods and beverages being promoted (nutrient profiling) and the promotional techniques employed (e.g. branding, promotional characters, advertisements, serving suggestion imagery, “health halos”). Lauren also has a growing interest in sustainability and food security, using her experience in food marketing and promotion to understand current consumer behaviour in relation to sustainability (e.g. establishing barriers to sustainable food choices), and to develop tools and strategies to encourage consumers to make more sustainable food decisions (e.g. labelling).Though not her primary interest, she is also involved in ongoing research which aims to establish a potential link between the Dark Triad traits (Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism) and appetitive behaviours (eating behaviour, gambling, smoking and alcohol consumption).
Institute for Psychological Science
Blog post for the Global Food Security programme
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