Position/s

Academic Staff
School of Psychology

Qualifications

B.Psych., B.Ed., M.Psych., Ph.D. (Ghent, Belgium)

Topic Coordinator:

  • PSYC3003  Introduction to clinical psychology

Research interests

My current research activities focus primarily on applications of cognitive experimental psychology in the areas of food craving and eating behaviour.  In particular, these aim to investigate: (a) the role of mental imagery in the experience and reduction of food cravings, (b) the effects of nutrition, dieting and disordered eating on cognitive performance, and (c) implicit processing of environmental food and eating cues.

Supervisory interests

  • Eating behaviour
  • Food craving
  • Implicit cognitive processing
  • Mental imagery

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Diet, physical activity and psychological well-being (1) ; Eating behaviour and cognition (3) ; Physical activity and cognition (1) ; Disordered eating and cognition (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Cognitive ageing (1) ; Nutrition and cognition (1) ;

Publications

  • Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2013). Imagery and cravings. In S Lacey & R Lawson, ed. Multisensory Imagery. New York, USA: Springer, pp. 385-396.
    [10.1007/978-1-4614-5879-1_20]
  • Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2013). Interference with concurrent tasks. In Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders. San Diego, USA: Academic Press, pp. 467-471.
    [10.1016/B978-0-12-398336-7.00048-6]
  • Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2011). Visual processing, food cravings and weight-loss dieters. In V.R. Preedy, R. R. Watson, & C.R. Martin (Eds.), ed. Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition. New York: Springer, pp. 1261-1272.
  • Kemps, E.B., Lopez, C. and Tchanturia, K. (2010). Weak central coherence in anorexia nervosa. In Sandra Sassaroli and Giovanni Maria Ruggiero, ed. Cognitive therapy of eating disorders on control and worry. New York: Nova Publishers, pp. 86-96.
  • Kemps, E.B., Tiggemann, M. and Elford, J. (2014). Stability of attentional bias modification effects on consumption over time. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Oliver, S., Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2014). Attentional bias modification of sweet food cues. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M. and Elford, J. (2014). Stability of attentional bias modification effects on consumption over time. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Schumacher, S., Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2014). Modifying approach biases for chocolate. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Haynes, A., Kemps, E.B., Moffitt, R. and Mohr, P. (2014). Reduce temptation or resist it? The effect of implicit food and goal evaluations on experienced temptation and intake of unhealthy snacks. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Kakoschke, N.L., Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2014). Impulsivity moderates the relationship between cognitive bias and unhealthy eating. 41st Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Haynes, A., Kemps, E., Moffitt, R. and Mohr, P. (2013). Self-regulation of eating behaviour: A novel test of temptation-elicited goal activation. Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine. 10th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine. Newcastle, Australia. Feb 2013.
  • Haynes, A., Kemps, E., Moffitt, R. and Mohr, P. (2013). Self-regulation of eating behaviour: A novel test of temptation-elicited goal activation. 10th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavoural Health and Medicine. Newcastle, Australia. Feb 2013.
  • Haynes, A., Kemps, E., Moffitt, R. and Mohr, P. (2013). Resisting temptation: Role of cognitive goal activation and self-control. 40th Australiasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Apr 2013.
  • Kakoschke, N., Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2013). Attentional bias modification encourages consumption of healthy food. 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Apr 2013.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M., Orr, J. and Grear, J. (2013). Attentional bias modification reduces food cravings and consumption. 7th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Lima, Peru. Jul 2013.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M. and Hollitt, S. (2013). Experimental manipulation of attentional bias for food cues in obese adults. 10th meeting of the Society for Applied research in Memory and Cognition. Rotterdam, Netherlands. Jun 2013.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M. and Hollitt, S. (2013). Attentional bias re-training of food cues in obese women. Montreal, Canada. International Conference on Eating Disorders. May 2013.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M. and Hollitt, S. (2013). Attentional bias modification for food cues in obese individuals. 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Apr 2013.
  • Kemps, E. (2013). A cognitive approach to understanding and curbing unwanted food cravings and consumption. American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Hawaii, United States. Aug 2013.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M., Martin, R. and Elliot, M. (2012). Craving-related motivational tendencies for food. 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M., Orr, J. and Gleadle, F. (2011). Attentional bias modification for craving-related food cues. 13th Winter Conference of the Dutch Psychonomics Society. Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands. Dec 2011.
  • Tiggemann, M. and Kemps, E. (2011). Olfactory stimulation reduces food cravings. 9th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. New York, USA. Jun 2011.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M., Orr, J. and Gleadle, F. (2011). Experimental manipulation of attentional biases for craving-related food cues. 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand. Apr 2011.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M., Orr, J. and Gleadle, F. (2011). Attentional bias re-training of craving-related food cues. 9th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. New York, USA. Jun 2011.
  • Kemps, E.B., Tiggemann, M., Wilson, A. and Hollitt, S.J. (2010). Effects of media exposure on implicit cognitive processing of food cues. 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Apr 2010.
  • Kemps, E.B., Hollitt, S.J., Tiggemann, M., Smeets, E. and Mills, J.S. (2010). Cognitive mechanisms underlying attentional bias for food cues in dietary restraint. International Conference on Eating disorders. Salzburg, Australia. Jun 2010.
  • Quigg, S., Tiggemann, M. and Kemps, E.B. (2010). Implicit and explicit influence of music television on body image and the mitigating effects of a media intervention. 1st Body Image Conference and International Body Image Symposium. Sao Paulo, Brazil. Aug 2011.
  • Kemps, E.B., Hollitt, S.J., Tiggemann, M., Smeets, E. and Mills, J.S. (2009). Speeded detection and cognitive avoidance of food cues in restrained eaters. In 44th Australian psychological society annual conference book. 44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference. Darwin, Australia. Sep 2009.
  • Kemps, E.B. and Wilsdon, A. (2009). Impulsivity contributes to cognitive disinhibition in bulimia nervosa. In Academy for Eating disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Academy for Eating disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Cancun, Mexico. Apr 2009.
  • Kemps, E.B., Tiggemann, M. and Parnell, J.H. (2009). Food cravings selectively disrupt visuo-spatial task performance. In 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Kyoto, Japan. Jul 2009.
  • Tiggemann, M. and Kemps, E.B. (2009). Chocolate and coffee: Imagery reduction of food craving. In 7th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. 7th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Tiggemann, M. and Kemps, E.B. (2009). Chocolate and coffee : imagery reduction of food craving. In International Conference on Eating Disorders. International Conference on Eating Disorders. Cancun, Mexico. Apr 2009.
  • Smeets, E., Tiggemann, M., Kemps, E.B., Mills, J.S., Roefs, A. and Jansen, A. (2009). Body checking induces an attentional bias for body-related cues. In International Conference on Eating Disorders. International Conference on Eating Disorders. Cancun, Mexico. Apr 2009.
  • Kemps, E.B., Tiggemann, M. and Parnell, J.H. (2009). Food cravings selectively interfere with visuo-spatial working memory. In Experimental Psychology Conference 2009. Experimental Psychology Conference 2009. Woollongong, New South Wales. Apr 2009.
  • Best, T.M., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2008). Saccharide supplementation effects on cognition and well-being in middle-aged adults. In David Badcock, ed. Abstracts of the 35th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 35th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Fremantle, WA. Mar 2008, pp. 59-59.
    [10.1080/00049530802385541]
  • Best, T.M., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2008). Saccharide supplementation effects for cognition and well-being in middle-aged adults. In Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia. HEC Press. Thoughtful food: Nutrition Society of Australian 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2008, pp. s50-s50.
    [Web Link]
  • Best, T.M., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2008). Saccharide effects on cognition and mood in middle-aged adults: A randomised controlled trial. In New Horizons in Neuropsychology: 14th Annual Conference of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. 14th Annual Conference of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Adelaide, Australia. Nov 2008.
  • Best, T.M., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2008). The impact of saccharide supplementation on cognition and mood in middle-aged adults. In Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: Final Program, Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting International Neuropsychological Society, February 6-9, 2008, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA. Cambridge: Cambridge. 36th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Hawaii, USA. Feb 2008, pp. 280-280.
    [10.1017/S1355617708080429]
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2008). A cognitive-experimental approach to reducing food cravings and modifying eating behaviour. In Abstracts of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Appetite. 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Paris, France. Jul 2008, pp. 376-376.
    [10.1016/j.appet.2008.04.126]
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2008). Attentional bias toward craving-related food stimuli. In Abstracts of the 35th Australiasian Experimental Psychology Conference. London: Taylor and Francis. 35th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Fremantle, Australia. Mar 2008, pp. 80-80.
    [10.1080/00049530802385541]
  • Best, T.M., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2007). Effects of saccharide supplementation on cognition and mood in mid-life. In Australasian Journal on Ageing: 40th National Conference Australian Association of Gerontology. Blackwell Publishing. Beyond 2007 Ageing: Evolution and Revolution - 40th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2007, pp. A4-A4.
    [Web Link]
  • Best, T.M., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2007). Relationships between dietary saccharide intake and self-reported health and psychological wellbeing in mid-life. In Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. Editions Serdi. Medicine, Ageing and Nutrition 2007. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2007, pp. 404-404.
  • Kemps, E.B., Tiggemann, M. and Grigg, M.A. (2007). Food cravings consume limited working memory capacity. In SARMAC VII: The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. SARMAC. 7th Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Lewiston, Maine, USA. Jul 2007.
  • Kemps, E.B. (2006). Eating disorders and executive function. In Academy for Eating Disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Academy for Eating Disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Barcelona, Spain. Jun 2006.
  • Best, T., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2006). Relationship between saccharide intake and memory performance. In 4th International Conference on Memory. 4th International Conference on Memory. Sydney, NSW. Jul 2006.
  • Best, T., Kemps, E.B. and Bryan, J. (2006). Benefit of dietary saccharide intake to verbal memory performance in middle-aged adults. In 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, QLD. Apr 2006.
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2006). Efficacy of working memory techniques to reduce food cravings. In 4th International Conference on Memory. 4th International Conference on Memory. Sydney, NSW. Jul 2006.
  • Tiggemann, M. and Kemps, E.B. (2006). Imagery components of food craving. In 4th International Conference on Memory. 4th International Conference on Memory. Sydney, NSW. Jul 2006.
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tokley, M.J. (2006). Preoccupation with detail contributes to poor abstract thinking in anorexia nervosa. In Academy for Eating Disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Academy for Eating Disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Barcelona, Spain. Jun 2006.
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2006). Impact of food craving on working memory performance. In 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, QLD. Apr 2006.
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2005). Imagery-based techniques suppress unwanted cravings for food. In Abstracts of the 2nd South Australian Clinical Psychology Conference. Adelaide, SA: Australian Psychological Society. 2nd South Australian Clinical Psychology Conference. Adelaide, SA. Jun 2005.
  • Kemps, E.B., Andrade, J. and Gilman, E. (2005). Susceptibility of visual imagery and short-term memory to visual interference. In Australian Journal of Psychology. Melbourne, VIC: Australian Psychological Society. 32nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Melbourne, VIC. Apr 2005, pp. 57-57.
  • Newson, R.S. and Kemps, E.B. (2005). Physical exercise as a protective factor for successful cognitive ageing. In 34th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG): Book of Abstracts. Nova Scotia, Canada: Canadian Association of Gerontology. 34th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology. Halifax, Canada. Oct 2005, pp. 134-134.
    [Web Link]
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2005). Concurrent visuo-spatial processing reduces food cravings. In Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Wellington, NZ: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Reseach in. Wellington, NZ. Jan 2005.
  • Newson, R.S. and Kemps, E.B. (2005). The relationship between aerobic fitness and successful cognitive ageing. In Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Wellington, NZ: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Wellington, NZ. Jan 2005.
  • Steel, D., Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2005). The role of hunger in the experience and reduction of food cravings. In Proceedings of the 32nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Melbourne, VIC: Australian Psychological Society. 32nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. Melbourne, VIC. Apr 2005.
    [Web Link]
  • Kemps, E.B. and Tiggemann, M. (2004). Visuo-spatial processing: a new technique for suppressing food cravings [Abstract] In SA Clinical Psychology Conference: Innovations in Clinical Psychology Practice: Conference Abstracts. Adelaide, SASA Clinical Psychology Conference: Innovations in clinical psychology practice. Adelaide, SA, pp. 3-3.
  • Newson, R.S., Kemps, E.B. and Luszcz, M.A. (2003). Adult Age Differences in Visual Imagery. In 13th Biennial Australasian Human Development Conference. AHDC. 13th Biennial Australasian Human Development Conference. Auckland, New Zealand. Jul 2003.
  • Kemps, E.B., Newson, R.S. and Luszcz, M.A. (2003). Adult age differences in, and predictors of, mental imagery: Implications for everyday cognition. In Ageing and Cognitive Function: Proceedings of the 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. SARMAC. 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Aberdeen, UK. Jul 2003.
  • Newson, R.S. and Kemps, E.B. (2004). An examination of the relative effects of physical, intellectual and social activity on age-related declines in cognition. In Mair Underwood and Kate Suridge., ed. Contributing to an Ageing Agenda: Abstracts and Proceedings of ERA 2004. Brisband, QLD: University of Queensland Press. Contribution to an Ageing Agenda: 3rd National Conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing. Brisbane, QLD, pp. 171-174.
  • Newson, R.S. and Kemps, E.B. (2003). Being active can promote successful cognitive ageing. In A. K. Dahle, ed. Maximising the Impact on Policy and Practice. Proceedings of ERA 2003. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: University of Queensland Press. ERA 2003 - A Forum for Emerging Researchers in Ageing. Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Nov 2003.
  • Newson, R.S., Kemps, E.B. and Luszcz, M.A. (2002). The extent and nature of age-related differences in visual memory. In Different disciplines, different methodologies in ageing research: proceedings of ERA 2003 - a forum for emerging researchers in ageing. Brisbane, QLD: University of Queensland. Conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing 2002. Brisbane, QLD. Nov 2002.
  • Haynes, A., Kemps, E., Moffitt, R. and Mohr, P. (2014). Resisting temptation of unhealthy food: Interaction between temptation-elicited goal activation and self-control. Motivation and Emotion, 38 pp. 485-495.
  • Kakoschke, N.L., Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2014). Attentional bias modification encourages healthy eating. Eating Behaviours, 15(1) pp. 120-124.
    [10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.11.001]
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M. and Hollitt, S. (2014). Exposure to television food advertising primes food-related cognitions and triggers motivation to eat. Psychology and Health, 29(10) pp. 1192-1205.
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M., Orr, J. and Grear, J. (2014). Attentional retraining can reduce chocolate consumption. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20(1) pp. 94-102.
    [10.1037/xp0000005]
  • Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2013). Hand-held dynamic visual noise reduces naturally occurring food cravings and craving-related consumption. Appetite, 68 pp. 152-157.
    [10.1016/j.appet.2013.05.001]
  • Lovato, N., Lack, L., Wright, H., Kemps, E., Cant, M. and Humphreys, J. (2013). A preliminary assessment of the reliability and validity of a computerized working memory task. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 116(2) pp. 368-381.
    [10.2466/22.24.PMS.116.2.368-381]
  • Kemps, E. and Tiggemann, M. (2013). Olfactory stimulation curbs food cravings. Addictive Behaviors, 38(2) pp. 1550-1554.
    [10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.06.001]
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M., Martin, R. and Elliott, M. (2013). Implicit Approach-Avoidance Associations for Craved Food Cues. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 19(1) pp. 30-38.
    [10.1037/a0031626]
  • Best, T., Kemps, E. and Bryan, J. (2012). Perceived changes in well-being following polysaccharide intake in middle-aged adults. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 7(2) pp. 183-192.
    [10.1007/s11482-011-9158-2] [Scopus]
  • Kemps, E., Tiggemann, M. and Bettany, S. (2012). Non-food odorants reduce chocolate cravings. Appetite, 58(3) pp. 1087-1090.
    [10.1016/j.appet.2012.03.002] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

Editorial Board, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Consulting Editor, British Journal of Developmental Psychology

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Ageing
  • Eating Disorders
  • Images/Imaging
  • Memory
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology

Interests

  • Ageing cognition, memory, imagery
  • Cognitive Psychology short-term memory, working memory, mental imagery
  • Eating Behaviour dieting, eating disorders, cognition, memory
  • Craving food craving, chocolate craving, cognition, imagery

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