Dr Laura Wilkinson

Laura2_sepia.JPGLecturer
Department of Psychology

Telephone: (01792) 295711

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Research:

My research focuses on the psycho-social determinants of eating behaviour. I am particularly interested in the relationship between attachment orientation (a measure of inter-personal functioning) and overeating as a form of affect regulation. I have previously shown that attachment anxiety (fear of abandonment) is a good predictor of body mass index through uncontrolled eating. I am pursuing several research questions related to this topic; Can attachment orientation account for why some people experience poor outcomes following weight-loss intervention (e.g., bariatric surgery)? Does the acute manipulation of attachment orientation affect real-world eating behaviour? Does the intergenerational transmission of attachment orientation interact with parental influences on children’s eating behaviour?

I previously worked and studied within the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit (NBU) at the University of Bristol, which is led by Prof. Jeff Brunstrom and Prof. Peter Rogers. Whilst at the NBU, I completed my PhD concerning cognitive factors affecting sensory specific satiety and the variety effect. In particular, my PhD work established that the anticipation of the effects of variety is a key feature of pre-meal portion-size selection. I also worked on projects focussed on the influence of expected satiety and expected satiation on decisions about portion size.

Finally, I have a special interest in the complex relationship between domestic abuse and disordered eating. This research theme often intertwines with my work on attachment orientation and affect regulation. I have previously conducted research on domestic abuse when working with the national charity SafeLives. I contributed to policy reports concerning the national response to victim’s of domestic abuse, children’s exposure to domestic abuse, the co-location of advocates in health-settings and response to stalking and harassment.

 

Publications:

Wilkinson, L. & Brunstrom, J. (2016). Sensory specific satiety: More than ‘just’ habituation?. Appetite.103, 221-228.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa27770
doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.04.019

Hardman, C., Christiansen, P. & Wilkinson, L. (2016). Using food to soothe: Maternal attachment anxiety is associated with child emotional eating. Appetite. 99, 91-96.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa25495
doi:10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.017

Wilkinson, L., Ferriday, D., Bosworth, M., Godinot, N., Martin, N., Rogers, P. & Brunstrom, J.
(2016). Keeping  Pace with Your Eating: Visual Feedback Affects Eating Rate in Humans. PLOS ONE. 11(2), e0147603
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa26035
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147603

Wilkinson, L., Rowe, A. & Heath, G. (2013). Eating me up inside: Priming attachment security and anxiety, and their effects on snacking. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 30(6), 795-804.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21020
doi:10.1177/0265407512468371

Hinton, E., Brunstrom, J., Fay, S., Wilkinson, L., Ferriday, D., Rogers, P. & de Wijk, R. (2013). Using photography in ‘The Restaurant of the Future’. A useful way to assess portion selection and plate cleaning?. Appetite. 63, 31-35.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21045
doi:10.1016/j.appet.2012.12.008

Wilkinson, L., Hinton, E., Fay, S., Rogers, P. & Brunstrom, J. (2013). The ‘variety effect’ is anticipated in meal planning. Appetite. 60, 175-179.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21021
doi:10.1016/j.appet.2012.10.001

Brunstrom, J., Burn, J., Sell, N., Collingwood, J., Rogers, P., Wilkinson, L., Hinton, E.,
Maynard, O. & Ferriday, D. (2012). Episodic Memory and Appetite Regulation in Humans. PLoS ONE. 7(12), e50707
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21044
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050707

Wilkinson, L., Hinton, E., Fay, S., Ferriday, D., Rogers, P. & Brunstrom, J. (2012). Computer-based assessments of expected satiety predict behavioural measures of portion-size selection and food intake. Appetite. 59(3), 933-938.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21022
doi:10.1016/j.appet.2012.09.007

Wilkinson, L., Rowe, A., Bishop, R. & Brunstrom, J. (2010). Attachment anxiety, disinhibited eating, and body mass index in adulthood. International Journal of Obesity. 34(9), 1442-1445.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21023
doi:10.1038/ijo.2010.72

Wilkinson, L. & Brunstrom, J. (2009). Conditioning ‘fullness expectations’ in a novel dessert. Appetite. 52(3), 780-783.
https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21024
doi:10.1016/j.appet.2009.02.009