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Research area(s)

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Chronotype/Chronbiology
  • Sleep
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Emotional processing

Research Interests

There is increasing evidence to suggest that late chronotype individuals (i.e. those that prefer to go to bed late and wake later in the morning) are at increased risk for developing depression. At present, however, the mechanisms underlying this risk remain to be determined. My own research that late chronotype individuals display negative biases in emotional processing (i.e. increased recognition of negative facial expressions), impaired emotion regulation and patterns of neural activity at rest and during simple emotional processing task that is similar to those seen in currently depressed patients. Future work will extend these findings with the ultimate aim of developing interventions to prevent the onset of depression in these vulnerable individuals.

I am an advocate of open science practices and copies of my most recent papers are available through the Open Science Framework (OSF):

Group level statistical parametric maps (SPMs) from my recent imaging projects are also available via NeuroVault – a public repository for imaging data: