Samantha Spanos
Research Students

Samantha Spanos

Postgraduate Research Student

Supervisor: Professor Lenny R. Vartanian

My research examines the attributions people make for their eating behaviour. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which people might be motivated to deny external influences on their food intake, and the affective and behavioural consequences associated with these motivated explanations. Exploring how people conceptualise their eating behaviour can help us understand the impact of self-evaluations on health and wellbeing.

Publications

Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2014). Failure to report social influences on food intake: Lack of awareness or motivated denial? Health Psychology, 33, 1487-1494.
 
Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2015). Personality, perceived appropriateness, and acknowledgment of social influences on food intake. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 110-115.

Spanos, S., Kenda, A. S., & Vartanian, L. R. (2015). Can serving-size labels reduce the portion-size effect? A pilot study. Eating Behaviors, 16, 40-42.
 
Vartanian, L. R., Spanos, S., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2015). Modeling of food intake: A meta-analytic review. Social Influence, 10, 119-136.
 
Vartanian, L. R., Spanos, S., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2017). Conflicting internal and external eating cues: Impact on food intake and attributions. Health Psychology, 36, 365-369.
 
Vartanian, L. R., Reily, N. M., Spanos, S., McGuirk, L. C., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2017). Hunger, taste, and normative cues in predictions about food intake. Appetite, 116, 511-517.
 
Vartanian, L. R., Reily, N. M., Spanos, S., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2017). Self-reported overeating and attributions for food intake. Psychology and Health, 32, 483-492.

Selected Conference Presentations

Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2018). Attributions for food intake: Attributional patterns and motivational processes. Poster Presentation. Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour Annual Conference, Bonita Springs FL, United States of America.

Spanos, S., Kenda, A. S., & Vartanian, L. R. (2017). Serving-size labels and the portion-size effect. Oral Presentation. Consumer Behaviour Conference, Liverpool, England.

Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2017). Attributions for food intake: Motivational and consequences. Oral Presentation. Society for Australasian Social Psychologists Annual Conference, Melbourne VIC, Australia.
 
Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2016). Attributions for food intake: Motivational processes and potential consequences. Oral Presentation. Ingestive Behaviour Group Seminar Series, Birmingham, England.
 
Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2015). Social influences on food intake: Acknowledgment and denial. Oral Presentation. Society for Australasian Social Psychologists Annual Conference, Newcastle, Australia.
 
Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (2013). Failure to report social influences on food intake: Lack of awareness or motivated denial? Oral Presentation. Society for Australasian Social Psychologists Annual Conference, Cairns QLD, Australia.

PSYC3331: Health Psychology
Course tutor, Semester 2, 2015, 2017-2018

PSYC1001: Psychology 1A
Course tutor, Semester 1, 2018

  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (2015-2018)
  • Postgraduate Research One-Minute Thesis Psychology Award
  • Research Exchange Scholarship (2016-2017)