Éilish Duke

Staff details

PositionTeaching Fellow
Department Psychology
Email e.duke (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 896 2798
Éilish Duke

I am interested in how people differ in various aspects of reward processing. My work explores individual differences in people’s motivation to obtain rewards, including differences in reward “wanting” and “liking”, as well as willingness to expend effort to obtain rewards. A growing body of research suggests that these sub-components of reward processing are differentially impaired in different psychopathologies, e.g. depression, addiction and schizophrenia. Using EEG, behavioural experiments and psychometrics, I try to increase understanding and improve measurement of these sub-components of reward.

I am also interested in digital addictions: I consider individual differences in personality and genetics and how these relate to people’s propensity to overuse smartphones and the Internet. 

Academic career to date

Current – Teaching Fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London

2015 – 2017 Associate Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London

Current – PhD Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

2016 – PG Cert Management of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Goldsmiths, University of London

2014 – MRes Research Methods in Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

2011 – MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Goldsmiths, University of London

2010 – BA (Hons) Psychology, University College Dublin



Foundation Year:

PS50007B - Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology

PS50006B – Applications of Psychology / Psychology & Life

Undergraduate BSc Year 1:

PS51008C – Design & Analysis of Psychological Investigations

Undergraduate BSc Year 2:

PS52007C – Research Methods in Psychology

PS52005C – Design & Analysis of Psychological Studies

BSc Tutorials

MSc Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience

PS71020D – Statistical Methods



I am available to supervise Year 3 BSc projects as well as MSc dissertation projects. I am particularly interested in projects that fall into the following areas, but please contact me if you wish to discuss related topics in cognitive neuroscience / personality.

  • Individual differences in EEG cortical asymmetry as a function of mood / personality
  • Anhedonia / extraversion and approach motivation for reward
  • Personality and mood effects on decision making – particularly loss aversion
  • Neural indices associated with reward processing and personality
  • Chronic and acute stress effects on mood and reward processing

Please email me for an appointment at e.duke (@gold.ac.uk).

Research Interests

My research interests fall into two main categories:

1) Individual differences in reward processing – I am particularly interested in reward ‘wanting’ and ‘liking’, also known as anhedonia, and willingness to expend effort to obtain rewards. A growing body of research suggests that reward processing is made up of multiple sub-components, which may be uniquely impaired in psychopathologies, such as depression, schizophrenia and addiction. I use a variety of techniques, including EEG, behavioural tasks and psychometrics, to study these aspects of reward processing. Related to this, I am interested in the biological bases for personality traits, such as extraversion and neuroticism, and how these traits may relate to psychopathologies such as depression and addiction, as well as other motivational processes.

2) Digital addictions – I study individual’s propensity toward addictions to smartphone use and the Internet, including the influence of personality and genetic factors and potential negative consequences of excessive digital use, e.g. technostress.

I am a member of the Goldsmiths Affective Science and Personality (GASP) lab, coordinated by Prof. Alan Pickering & Dr. Andrew Cooper.


On the web

ResearchGate - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eilish_Duke2

Google Scholar - https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=lfwdaysAAAAJ&hl=en