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Nicky Rycroft, LSBU

Dr Nicola Rycroft

Senior Lecturer; Deputy Head of Psychology

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    020 7815 8047
  • School/Division:
    Applied Sciences / Psychology

Dr Nicky Rycroft completed her DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex in 2006. Since then, she has been working as a Senior Lecturer at LSBU. Her main research interests are in psychopharmacology, and her DPhil thesis was on the role of the cholinergic system in attentional processes in humans.

Other research interests include use of psychostimulant drugs as cognitive enhancers, recreational drug use and the application of eye movement tracking to studying human attention.

BSc Psychology

  • Introducing Psychological Approaches
  • Introducing Real World Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology

MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling

  • Theoretical Foundations of Addiction and Counselling Psychology

Nicky’s main research interests are in Psychopharmacology, or how drugs affect brain function and behaviour. Previous work has looked at cognitive enhancing effects of nicotine and modafinil, effects of MDMA on neuropsychological performance and attentional biases in both alcohol and ecstasy users.  Current research interests include the use of psychostimulant drugs for cognitive enhancement in healthy individuals, time perception in cannabis users, relative levels of nicotine dependency in vapers and cigarette smokers and the effects of nicotine on perception of rewards.

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  • Fellow, Advance Higher Education
  • Full member, British Association of Psychopharmacology