What 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 wellbeing at different developmental times points. In addition to work focusing on mental health pathologies, we also specifically look at functional neurological disorders.

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Our research tools

We use functional and structural MRI, EEG and psychophysiological measures of emotional reactivity, including electrodermal activity (EDA), heart rate, and facial electromyography (EMG). There is more information about the brain imaging techniques we use on our brain imaging page.

Current research projects

Adolescent development

Research projects:

  1. Approach and avoidance behaviours during adolescence: relationships to anxiety and risk-taking behaviours.

  2. Responses to signals of threat and safety during adolescence.

  3. Cognitive control in the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

  4. Sensory sensitivity and development and cortical plasticity.

  5. Impact of Covid-19 on wellbeing of young people – Covid-19 Psychological Research Consortium.

Functional neurological disorders

Research projects:

  1. Non-epileptic attack disorders (NEAD): relationship to trauma in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

  2. Emotional regulation in individuals with functional neurological disorders.

  3. Structural and functional neuroimaging correlates of non-epileptic attack disorders (NEAD).

  4. Information about non-epileptic attacks and non-epileptic attack disorder.