Jacqueline Andrade is a Professor of Psychology, Associate Head of School for Research, Director of the Centre for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Plymouth University. She finished BA(hons) Psychology from the University of Cambridge in 1987 and PhD Psychology from the University of Manchester in 1990.
Andrade wants to understand the processes underpinning human motivation, particularly in situations with competing goals, for example wanting a cigarette to satisfy craving now but wanting to quit and be healthier in the future. Elaborated Intrusion Theory (Kavanagh, Andrade & May, 2005, Psychol Review) gives a key role to intrusive thoughts and embodied mental images in conscious desires. Images simulate the sensory and emotional qualities of the desired experience, acting as a motivational bridge to support achievement of the goal and giving weight to concrete, familiar and easy to imagine goals (smoking, eating, being warm) over more abstract, long-term goals (getting fit, reducing climate change). With colleagues in Plymouth (Prof Jon May, Dr Sabine Pahl) and Prof David Kavanagh (Queensland University of Technology), they are focusing on two applications of Elaborated Intrusion theory: developing new treatments for addiction to target drug craving, and exploring ways to encourage healthy and sustainable behaviours. Their research on craving has informed the development of the OnTrack online treatment programmes for alcohol problems
Additionally, she is interested in the role of working memory and imagery in recollection, particularly recollection of emotional events. In relation to anaesthesia, Dr Catherine Deeprose (Plymouth University) and Andrade have shown that small amounts of memory priming persist during surgery even when patients are conscious.
She is member of steering panel for the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ NAP5 project, the biggest ever study of awareness in anaesthesia. Andrade worked with the Science Museum on their “Pain Less” exhibition, which opened to the public in November 2012.
Credits: Plymouth University
Published: 13 August 2015
Last update: 27 September 2016
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