The core of my research is the emotional value of the events that we experience. To induce emotional value in the lab I use monetary reward, pain and taste stimuli, and pictures that depict distressing scenes. My aim is to understand how our brains convert such input to neural representation of value and subjective feelings.
My main focus is on how the emotional value of experience influences later memory for these experiences. Emotional experiences are very different from neutral ones - for example, we pay more attention to them, and their links with other emotional experiences is readily apparent. Many aspects of what makes emotional experience unique will influence later memory for the experience, be it through its influences on encoding, storage, or retrieval. I would like to understand how these influences work together to change what we remember.
For more information please see my lab web page and profile on Google scholar. All of my recent papers are freely available on bioRxiv.
If you are interested in a PhD or a postdoc opportunity please contact me.
My team uses a rich variety of methodologies, including behavioural experiments, neuroimaging with fMRI and EEG, and computational models. In collaboration, we also study patient populations and animal models.