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Dr Angela Attwood

Dr Angela Attwood

Dr Angela Attwood

Senior Lecturer

Office 5D7
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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+44 (0) 117 331 7450


Research interests

My research interests are in the effects of social drugs and drug-related stimuli, and the psychological and biological factors that underlie addiction and continued drug use. More specifically, my recent research has included the effects of acute alcohol consumption on various aspects of social cognition, including ratings of attractiveness and the perception of emotion in facial cues. We have ongoing work examining cognitive bias to drug-related cues and the effects of attentional retraining procedures on biases and cue reactivity, and I am currently conducting a series of studies investigating the relationship between smoking and anxiety, using a carbon dioxide challenge in smokers. In addition, I have ongoing work examining pharmacological augmentation of cue exposure techniques in smokers.


  • Transport Research Laboratory


  • Munafò, M.R. (P.I.), Attwood, A.S., McClernon F.J. Effects of varenicline and cognitive bias modification on neural response to smoking related cues. Pfizer Investigator Initiated Research (2010-2012).
  • Attwood, A.S. (P.I.), Munafò, M.R., Williams, T. A placebo-controlled study of the effectiveness of D-cycloserine in reducing cue reactivity during cue-exposure therapy in daily cigarette smokers. Global Research Awards for Nicotine Dependence (2010-2011), Project Grant $64,646 (non-fEC).
  • Attwood A. S., Scott-Samuel N., Munafò M. R. (2010) Effect of glass shape on drinking rate and drinking topography in social alcohol drinkers. Alcohol Education and Research Council £3,670.
  • Attwood A. S., Rogers P. J., Munafò M. R. (2009) Combined effects of acute alcohol and caffeine on cognitive performance and inhibitory control. Funded by UoB, Experimental Psychology small grants £1,180.


I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002 with a BSc in Psychology.  I went on to complete a Ph.D. at Birmingham that examined the effects of conditioning to psychostimulant drugs.


  • Research Methods L1, MSc
  • Individual Differences L2
  • Psychobiology L1, L2
  • Neuroimaging and Psychobiology MSc


PhD Supervision:

David Troy - Effects of glass characteristics on alcohol consumption

Emily Crowe - Mediators of multiple object tracking performance

Andy Eastwood - Effects of alcohol consumption on emotional face processing

Recent publications

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