What do we do? Our lab integrates methods of behavioural psychology and brain imaging to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying processes of emotion and behaviour throughout development, especially during adolescence. Most of our work focuses on normative development. However, we also investigate the effect of early life stress on well-being at different developmental times points. In addition to work focusing on mental health pathologies, specifically functional neurological disorders. Research tools: functional and structural MRI, EEG and psychophysiological measures of emotional reactivity, including electrodermal activity (EDA), heart rate, and facial electromyography (EMG). To find out more about the brain imaging techniques we use, please read our Brain Imaging page.
Current Research Projects
Theme 1: Adolescent development
- Approach and avoidance behaviours during adolescence: relationships to anxiety and risk-taking behaviours.
- Responses to signals of threat and safety during adolescence
- Cognitive control in the transition from adolescence to adulthood
- Sensory sensitivity and development & cortical plastcity
- Impact of Covid-19 on well being of young people – Covid-19 Psychological Research Consortium
Theme 2: Functional neurological disorders
- Non-epileptic attack disorders (NEAD): Relationship to trauma in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
- Emotional regulation in individuals with functional neurological disorders
- Structural and functional neuroimaging correlates of non-epileptic attack disorders (NEAD)
Information about non-epileptic attacks and non-epileptic attack disorder