I joined MIP:Lab in December 2019 as a Postdoc. I am part of a team charting emotion components and dynamics in the human brain using cinema. In this work I try to bring together complex emotion theory with fMRI measurements acquired during movie watching.
Before coming to Switzerland, I completed my PhD at the University of Roehampton in the Centre for Cognition, Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (CNN) under the supervision of Prof. Paul Allen. During my doctoral studies I investigated the effects of high trait anxiety on attentional control as outlined in Attentional Control Theory. Specifically, I focused on underlying inefficiencies in neural processing and the use of real-time fMRI neurofeedback targeting impaired function to improve attentional control. I have previously studied at the University of York (M.Sc. Cognitive Neuroscience), the Universität Freiburg (B.Sc. Psychology) and the University of Bath (Visiting Student).
Charting Emotion Components and Dynamics in the Human Brain Using Cinema
Emotions are dynamic and complex adaptations to our enviroment. Psychology offers a wealth of theoretical understanding of the processes underlying emotions, which neuroscience has the tools to test empirically. My research is based on the Component Process Model (CPM), which states that emotions are based on continous cognitive appraisal and reappraisal of the environment.
In this project I aim to use fMRI data acquired during movie watching in combination with detailed emotion annotations of those movies to gain a better understanding of how emotion is organized in the brain. For this purpose, I apply state-of-the art analysis techniques, specifically those probing dynamic functional connectivity.
I enjoy supervising students and always appreciate and addition to the team, so if you are interested in working with me for your student project, please get in touch. You can also check the Open Projects page for more information on current student projects.