This research focuses on mental control and memory and the mechanisms that underlie inhibitory processes within cognition and why these processes often result in paradoxical effects.
Key topics of interest include:
This research involves the use of both self-report measures and more robust behavioural indices of underlying thought processes (eg using reaction time as a measure of underlying construct activation / Galvanic Skin Response measures or directly measuring the behaviour in question).
Most of the current work focuses on whether suppressed intentions and/or behaviours can rebound. In short, if you try to prevent yourself from acting in a certain way do you paradoxically become more likely to engage in this very behaviour?