Marcus Munafo

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Marcus Robert Munafo
Born (1972-01-23) 23 January 1972 (age 46)
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Oxford
University of Southampton
Scientific career
Fields Psychology
Tobacco control
Institutions University of Bristol

Marcus Robert Munafo,[1] surname also written Munafò, (born 23 January 1972)[2] is a British psychologist who has been a professor of biological psychology at the University of Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology since 2010.[3] He became the editor-in-chief of Nicotine & Tobacco Research in 2015.[4]


Munafo received his M.A. with honors from the University of Oxford in 1993, his M.Sc. from the University of Southampton in health psychology in 1995, and his Ph.D. in anxiety and surgery from the University of Southampton in 1999.[5]


Munafo's research focuses on, among other things, the health and psychological effects of tobacco and alcohol use.[3][6] He has also researched scientific reproducibility for much of his career, starting when he was a student and failed to replicate findings he found in the literature.[7] For example, a study he co-authored with Andrew Higginson found that incentivizing academics to produce a small number of highly cited studies also incentivized them to conduct lots of new, underpowered studies and fewer replication studies.[8]


In 2017 Munafo received the Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, an award given annually by the British Psychological Society.[9]


  1. ^ Bertamini, Marco; Munafo, Marcus (29 January 2012). "The Perils of 'Bite Size' Science". New York Times. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Marcus Munafo, 1972-". Library of Congress. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "About Professor Marcus Munafo". University of Bristol. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Munafo, M. (2 January 2015). "A New Editor-in-Chief for Nicotine & Tobacco Research". Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 17 (1): 1–1. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntu222. PMC 4832972Freely accessible. 
  5. ^ "Marcus Munafo CV" (PDF). Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Choi, Charles Q. (14 August 2008). "Study: Alcohol Does Make Other People More Attractive". Fox News. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Baker, Monya (25 May 2016). "1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility". Nature. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Yong, Ed (21 September 2016). "The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science". The Atlantic. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "July: British Psychological Society award". University of Bristol. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 

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