Individuals vary greatly in how well they can regulate their emotions, and difficulties in emotion regulation have been linked to disorders such as depression. In addition, the capacity to regulate emotion has been associated with one’s cognitive control ability. Yet, over the lifespan, cognitive and affective control development and decline seem to diverge and the interplay between cognitive and emotional control remains understudied. So what are the different psychological and neural processes that allow some individuals to respond adaptively while others fail to do so and what is the role of cognitive control? A PhD project focusing on this theme can use a mixture of observational methods, psychophysiology (i.e. heart rate, skin conductance, muscle tension) and/or brain imaging (including FMRI) to examine the mechanisms underlying cognition-emotion interaction and successful emotion regulation. The specific topic and population studied within this broad scope will be further defined based on mutual interest.
MSc degree at Merit/Distinction in a relevant discipline (e.g. Cognitive/Clinical Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology).