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Research interests

Professor Munafò’s research focuses on understanding pathways into, and the consequences of, health behaviours and mental health, with a particular focus on tobacco and alcohol use. This work incudes: 1) observational and genetic epidemiology, and the use of a range of methods that enable stronger causal inference from observational data, such as negative control and Mendelian randomization methods; 2) the laboratory study of cognitive and neurobiological mechanistic pathways that underpin exposure-outcome relationships; and 3) the development of novel individual- and population-level interventions that target these mechanisms, including choice architecture interventions. This work has informed ongoing policy debates, such as the introduction of standardised (“plain”) packaging for tobacco products. He also has interests in the role of incentive structures in science, and the extent to which these shape the robustness and reproducibility of scientific research.

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Research Output

Power failure: why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience

Button, K. S., Ioannidis, J. P. A., Mokrysz, C., Nosek, B. A., Flint, J., Robinson, E. S. J. & Munafò, M. R., May 2013, In : Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 14, p. 365-376 12 p.

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  • 2767 Citations (Scopus)

    Increasing recognition of happiness in ambiguous facial expressions reduces anger and aggressive behavior

    Penton-Voak, I. S., Thomas, J., Gage, S. H., McMurran, M., McDonald, S. & Munafò, M. R., May 2013, In : Psychological Science. 24, 5, p. 688-97 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 81 Citations (Scopus)

    Association between genetic variants on chromosome 15q25 locus and objective measures of tobacco exposure

    Munafò, M. R., Timofeeva, M. N., Morris, R. W., Prieto-Merino, D., Sattar, N., Brennan, P., Johnstone, E. C., Relton, C., Johnson, P. C. D., Walther, D., Whincup, P. H., Casas, J. P., Uhl, G. R., Vineis, P., Padmanabhan, S., Jefferis, B. J., Amuzu, A., Riboli, E., Upton, M. N., Aveyard, P. & 7 others, Ebrahim, S., Hingorani, A. D., Watt, G., Palmer, T. M., Timpson, N. J., Davey Smith, G. & EPIC Study Group, May 2012, In : Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 104, 10, p. 740 - 748 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 122 Citations (Scopus)


    Cambridge Cognition Prize

    Munafo, Marcus R (Recipient), 2013

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    Fellowship Award

    Munafo, Marcus R (Recipient), 2005

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    Psychopharmacology Award

    Munafo, Marcus R (Recipient), 2012

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