Work in our lab examines a range of health and health-compromising behaviors related to food intake and body weight, substance use and misuse, non-substance/behavioral addictions, and living with chronic illnesses. We conduct studies looking at the psychosocial and cultural determinants of ingestive and addictive behaviors, with a specific focus on identifying mechanisms underlying cravings for ingested substances. The overall hypothesis
guiding this work is that cravings for cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, and food are
caused by ambivalence: a tension between competing approach and avoidance
tendencies towards stimuli that are perceived as being simultaneously
pleasurable and forbidden. Much of our work is interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating approaches from clinical, social and cultural psychology, quantitative
methods, ingestive physiology, the biological bases of addiction, and public
health. Descriptions of some of the studies currently being run in our laboratory can be found here.
Students interested in joining the lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Hormes at email@example.com.
Undergraduate students interested in completing an independent study and/or honors thesis in our laboratory can download an application here.