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    • School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    I am an experimental social psychologist and my research spans two main themes: (1) prejudice and intergroup relations, and (2) addictive behaviours. In the first theme, I am interested in evaluating measures of implicit bias and how these relate to other socio-cognitive processes that underpin how we interact with others. In the second theme, I examine the cognitive mechanisms that drive alcohol consumption with a particular focus on attentional bias and inhibitory control. Spanning both themes, I conduct work on the reliability of experimental measures with a view to improving the way in which we measure human behaviour. This aligns with my passion for open science and reproducibility; in my role at Aston, I am the Local Network Co-Lead for the UKRN ( and have recently set up the ReproducibiliTEA journal club (

    Funding Applications and Awards

    2019-2020: £60,000, Co-Principal Investigator, NHS Health Education England.

    2018-2019: £15,000, Principal Investigator, Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Research Award, University of the West of England.

    2018-2019: £6,000, Principal Investigator, Psychological Sciences Research Group Internship Scheme, University of the West of England.

    2018-2019: £500, Psychological Sciences Research Group Impact Scheme.

    2016-2017: £13,000, Co-Principal Investigator, Research Investment Fund, Edge Hill University.

    Teaching Activity

    I teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

    Developmental and Social Psychology, Year 1 Psychology.

    Social Responsibility in Psychology, Year 1 Psychology.

    Advanced Research Methods, MSc Health Psychology.

    Health Behaviours & Interventions, MSc Health Psychology.

    UG and MSc Dissertation Project.


    2020-Present: Lecturer in Psychology, School of Health & Life Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham.

    2018-2020: Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, UWE Bristol.

    2017-2018: Lecturer in Social Psychology, Department of Health & Social Sciences, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

    2016-2017: Teaching Associate, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University.

    2013-2016: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Local Network Lead of UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN)

    ReproducibiliTEA Journal Club Lead

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    Contact Details


    Phone Number: TBC

    Office: SW410H (4th Floor, South Wing)

    Education/Academic qualification


    2 Sep 20132 Sep 2016

    Award Date: 2 Sep 2016

    PG Cert

    Award Date: 29 Jun 2015


    2 Sep 20102 Sep 2013

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013


    • BF Psychology
    • social cognition
    • intergroup relations
    • prejudice
    • implicit bias
    • unconscious bias training
    • addictive behaviours
    • alcohol consumption
    • attentional bias
    • visual attention

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    Research Output

    Where’s the wine? Heavy social drinkers show attentional bias towards alcohol in a visual conjunction search task.

    Pennington, C., Shaw, D. J., Adams, J., Kavanagh, P., Reed, H., Robinson, M., Shave, E. & White, H., 1 Sep 2020, In : Addiction. 115, 9, p. 1650-1659 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Beer? Over here! Examining attentional bias towards alcoholic and appetitive stimuli in a visual search eye-tracking task

    Pennington, C. R., Qureshi, A., Monk, R. L., Greenwood, K. & Heim, D., 8 Dec 2019, In : Psychopharmacology. 236, 12, p. 3465-3476

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Alcohol belongs here: Assessing alcohol-related inhibitory control with a contextual Go/No-Go Task.

    Pennington, C. R., Monk, R. L., Qureshi, A. & Heim, D., 23 Oct 2019, In : Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 27, 5, p. 455-465

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Does device matter? Impacts of food-specific inhibition training on food choice, liking and approach bias when delivered by smartphone or computer.

    Porter, L., Button, K., Adams, R., Pennington, C. R., Chambers, C., van Beurden, S., Johannsson, O., Townsend, B., Powell, S., Lipskis, B., Evans, N., Mastrogiannopoulou, M., Roy, J., Marlowe, H., Smith, L., Watters, E., Goldie, R., Zingman, A., Follett, C. & Chong, S., 2 Jul 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
  • Stereotype threat may not impact women's inhibitory control or mathematical performance: Providing support for the null hypothesis

    Pennington, C., Litchfield, D., McLatchie, N. M. & Heim, D., 1 Jun 2019, In : European Journal of Social Psychology. 49, 4, p. 717-734

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access