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Adolescent anxiety - Approach and avoidance

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Adolescence does not end until one’s mid-twenties, it is a prolonged period of change both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, it is also a period associated with high levels of anxiety and risk for developing anxiety disorders. Abnormal approach and avoidance behaviours are typical in people suffering high levels of anxiety and anxiety disorders. However, their functional impact and how they manifest themselves during adolescence is less well explored. Consequently, the aim of this project will be to explore these questions using a mixture of behavioural, psychophysiological and EEG methodologies.

Reading

Levita, L., Howsley, P., Jordan, J., & Johnston, P. (2015). Potentiation of the early visual response to learned danger signals in adults and adolescents. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 10(2), 269-277

Howsley, P., & Levita, L. (2017) Anticipatory representations of reward and threat in perceptual areas from preadolescence to late adolescence. Dev Cogn Neurosci. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2017.03.001

Heller, A. S., & Casey, B. (2016). The neurodynamics of emotion: delineating typical and atypical emotional processes during adolescence. Developmental Science, 19(1), 3-18. doi:10.1111/desc.12373

Funding Notes

Self Funded or externally sponsored students only. The University has no funding at this time.

Intakes are mainly October yearly or March.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.45

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