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A novel, personalised, neurocognitive intervention to reduce alcohol craving and consumption

Description 
This world-first project aims to examine the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of a neuroscience-informed smartphone-delivered app designed to reduce cognitive biases to alcohol cues. The app uses a form of brain-training called cognitive bias modification (CBM) to dampen automatic, impulsive responding to alcohol cues that can induce craving and lead to consumption. This is the first examination of a tailored, personalised form of CBM where app users are trained to repeatedly avoid images of their own preferred alcoholic drinks/ brands and to approach images representing their personal goals or motivations for cutting down. Its Smartphone delivery ensures CBM reaches individuals irrespective of time and place, potentially offering a ‘just-in-time’ intervention, during periods of heightened vulnerability (i.e., events, days and times associated with drinking). The project will explore the effectiveness of the app in both clinical populations (i.e,. as an adjunctive intervention during inpatient treatment and as a way of delivering CBM post-discharge to offer booster sessions) and non-clinical populations (i.e., heavy drinkers in the community including special populations e.g., youth).
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
alcohol, neurocognitive-training, cognitive bias modification, smartphone app, intervention, clinical, non-clinical
School 
Eastern Health Clinical School
Available options 
PhD/Doctorate
Time commitment 
Full-time
Part-time
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Yes
Year 1: 
$10000
Physical location 
Turning Point

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