Cognitive biases in alcohol addiction treatment (“BreinDeBaas”): validation of a mobile Approach-Avoidance Test for measuring alcohol approach bias.
Type thesis: Bsc
In –of external: Both: UT PHT & Tactus Addiction Treatment (Enschede)
Max. no. students: 3
Data vercollection? Yes
Research Design: Quantitative
Tactus Addiction Care has developed the evidence-based online treatment for problematic alcohol use, Alcoholdebaas.nl. To further improve the effectiveness of this treatment innovative techniques are explored that may be added to this online platform. Recently, a PhD project started in which a cognitive bias modification (CBM) training technique based on the approach-avoidance computer task (AAT), was adapted for use online within the Alcoholdebaas platform. This new treatment is called Breindebaas. In addition to the online computer-based AAT-CBM we also developed a mobile version. An app has been built that runs the AAT-CBM on a smartphone, using swipe movements to simulate the approach vs avoid responses. A novel element in this app is a bias measurement feature. For both research and clinical purposes, this is an important feature. It allows patients that use the app to re-train their alcohol approach bias in the CBM-feature, to periodically monitor the improvement in their bias (from approach to avoid).
Current assignment focuses on the psychometric validation of this mobile measurement of the alcohol approach bias, against an existing PC-based online AAT. Heavy drinking students will be recruited from the UT campus. They will take the mobile AAT, the PC-based online AAT, and a questionnaire to collect personal and alcohol-related variables. The mobile AAT will be taken twice to allow test-retest reliability analysis.
For whom? For all students with an interest in this topic.
What do we offer?
Opportunity to get familiar with an exciting new treatment technique (CBM), in the setting of an addiction care organisation.
More info?: Marloes Postel (m.postel@Tactus.nl)
Supervisor: Marcel Pieterse (email@example.com)