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Dr Cassandra Lowe

Dr Cassandra Lowe


 Washington Singer 116


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


My research uses a health neuroscience framework tof examine the cognitive and neural factors that increase vulnerability to overeating and dysregulated eating behaviours. Generally, my work focuses on understanding the how the prefrontal cortex and associated cognitive processes (i.e., executive functions, reward-based decision making) help individuals regulate "junk food" consumption, and the use of exercise and other interventions to target these mechanisms to improve eating behaviours. I also have interests in the neurobiological basis of disordered eating and clinical eating disorders.


  • PhD Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Waterloo (2017)
  • MSc Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA Hons)


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Journal articles

Shoychet G, Lowe CJ, Bodell LP (2023). Does Menu Labelling Influence Food Choice and Consumption in Female Undergraduate Students?. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE-REVUE CANADIENNE DES SCIENCES DU COMPORTEMENT, 55(3), 220-227.  Author URL.
Hu YZ, Parimoo S, Chignell M, Lowe CJ, Morton JB (2023). TAG-ME again: a serious game for measuring working memory. Appl Neuropsychol Adult, 1-20. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Cho I, Goldsmith SF, Morton JB (2021). The Bilingual Advantage in Children's Executive Functioning is Not Related to Language Status: a Meta-Analytic Review. PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 32(7), 1115-1146.  Author URL.
Hosseini-Kamkar N, Lowe C, Morton JB (2021). The differential calibration of the HPA axis as a function of trauma versus adversity: a systematic review and p-curve meta-analyses. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 127, 54-135. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Morton JB, Reichelt AC (2020). Adolescent obesity and dietary decision making-a brain-health perspective. LANCET CHILD & ADOLESCENT HEALTH, 4(5), 388-396.  Author URL.
Hall PA, Lowe CJ (2020). Cravings, currents and cadavers: What is the magnitude of tDCS effects on food craving outcomes?. NUTRITIONAL NEUROSCIENCE, 23(6), 490-493.  Author URL.
Hall PA, Erickson KI, Lowe CJ, Sakib MN (2020). Quantifying Cortical Resilience in Experimental, Clinical, and Epidemiological Studies: a Conceptually Grounded Method Using Noninvasive Brain Stimulation. PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE, 82(3), 281-286.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Reichelt AC (2019). Can Magnetic Resonance Imaging Reveal the Neural Signatures of Dietary Self-Control?. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 39(4), 581-583.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Reichelt AC, Hall PA (2019). The Prefrontal Cortex and Obesity: a Health Neuroscience Perspective. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 23(4), 349-361.  Author URL.
Hall PA, Lowe CJ, Safati AB, Li H, Klassen EB, Burhan AM (2018). Effects of left d1PFC modulation on social cognitive processes following food sampling. APPETITE, 126, 73-79.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Hall PA (2018). Reproducibility and sources of interindividual variability in the responsiveness to prefrontal continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS). NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, 687, 280-284.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Manocchio F, Safati AB, Hall PA (2018). The effects of theta burst stimulation (TBS) targeting the prefrontal cortex on executive functioning: a systematic review and meta-analysis. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA, 111, 344-359.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Staines WR, Manocchio F, Hall PA (2018). The neurocognitive mechanisms underlying food cravings and snack food consumption. A combined continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) and EEG study. NEUROIMAGE, 177, 45-58.  Author URL.
Hall PA, Lowe C, Vincent C (2017). Brain Stimulation Effects on Food Cravings and Consumption: an Update on Lowe et al. (2017) and a Response to Generoso et al. (2017). Psychosom Med, 79(7), 839-842.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Staines WR, Hall PA (2017). Effects of Moderate Exercise on Cortical Resilience: a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study Targeting the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex. PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE, 79(2), 143-152.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Vincent C, Hall PA (2017). Effects of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation on Food Cravings and Consumption: a Meta-Analytic Review. PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE, 79(1), 2-13.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Safati A, Hall PA (2017). The neurocognitive consequences of sleep restriction: a meta-analytic review. NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOBEHAVIORAL REVIEWS, 80, 586-604.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Kolev D, Hall PA (2016). An exploration of exercise-induced cognitive enhancement and transfer effects to dietary self-control. BRAIN AND COGNITION, 110, 102-111.  Author URL.
Hall P, Tran B, Lowe C, Vincent C, Mourtzakis M, Liu-Ambrose T, Prapavessis H, Gidron Y (2015). Expression of executive control in situational context: Effects of facilitating versus restraining cues on snack food consumption. Health Psychol, 34(5), 539-546. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hall PA, Lowe C, Vincent C (2014). Executive control resources and snack food consumption in the presence of restraining versus facilitating cues. J Behav Med, 37(4), 587-594. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Hall PA, Staines WR (2014). The Effects of Continuous Theta Burst Stimulation to the Left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex on Executive Function, Food Cravings, and Snack Food Consumption. PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE, 76(7), 503-511.  Author URL.
Lowe CJ, Hall PA, Vincent CM, Luu K (2014). The effects of acute aerobic activity on cognition and cross-domain transfer to eating behavior. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 8  Author URL.


Hall PA, Fong GT, Lowe CJ (2018). Affective dynamics in temporal self-regulation theory: Social forces meet neurobiological processes. In  (Ed) Affective Determinants of Health Behavior, 115-131. Abstract.
Lowe C, Hall PA (2013). Neurobiological facets of food craving and consumption: Evidence from neuropsychological and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies. In  (Ed) Social Neuroscience and Public Health: Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention, 303-314. Abstract.

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