Our lab has 3 main points of interest:
- Testing risk and resilience factors for development of psychopathology in transgender persons on cross-sex hormone treatment as well as underlying brain mechanisms.
- Demonstrating how early life stressful experience changes socio-cognitive and brain processes.
- Examining how perturbed affective processing in paediatric mood and anxiety disorders alters cognitive control and emotion regulation.
Being based in the tradition of experimental psychopathology, we use tasks that measure specific cognitive or affective abilities to identify how mental illness (anxiety, depression) or risk for mental illness (early stress or trauma, childhood problems, hormonal imbalance) can manifest themselves through specific problems in social behavior, cognitive function, or the way in which we process emotions. We are specifically interested in how our brains and bodies respond to such challenges, i.e., whether or to what extent specific parts of your brain respond to being excluded by others, whether it increases your heart rate or changes the way you actually look at people. After having identified these specific problems, we want to find good and affordable ways to ameliorate them (by providing you with an emotion regulation strategy or through cognitive training).
And, what’s with the number? And why is the website to our lab called 107seconds? Because according to RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest Naional Network) sexual abuse happens in the USA at an estimated rate of once per 107 seconds (2015, in a more recent estimated this figure was corrected down to 98 seconds). For more info on our projects on trauma and how we intend to help the victims, please check here. For other ongoing projects check here.
We also always welcome volunteers or people wanting to join the lab for graduate studies on any of the listed projects/topics.
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