Mental Health and Wellbeing; Neuroscience of Mindfulness; Mindfulness-Based Interventions; EEG microstates sequencing
- Long-term effects of mindfulness practice on information processing, cognition, and emotion regulation;
- Development of objective measures of mindfulness expertise using psychophysiology and neuroimaging;
- Development of new methodological approaches for analysing fMRI and EEG data to better understand neural dynamics associated with subjective (i.e. meditative) experiences;
- Application of mindfulness interventions for the prevention and management of psychopathologies such as psychosis and schizophrenia, as well as promotion of healthy aging.
Miss Heather McDonald (funded by the Mental Health Research UK PhD scholarship) - PhD project title: "Turning the Curse into a Blessing: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Paranoia/Suspiciousness in Psychosis-Prone Individuals".
Ms Deborah Elm (self-funded) - PhD project title: "The Effect of Childhood Emotional Maltreatment on Emotional Response to Peer Rejection in Adolescences with Alexithymia".
Dr Reinoud Max (Research Fellow in Biocomputation, Mental Health and Wellbeing at the University of Hertfordshire funded by a 5-year Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowship awarded to Prof Chrystopher Nehaniv and Dr Elena Antonova) - methods development for EEG microstates sequencing applying epsilon automata and Krohn-Rhodes computational algebraic biology to characterise and distinguish mental states and clinical populations using fine-grained spatiotemporal neurodynamics.