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Responses to threat: what is a normative threat response in development versus a pathological one

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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Adults and adolescents respond to different kinds of threat differentially, for example in the way they learn to predict danger and learn something is safe via fear conditioning and extinction. This project will focus on the adaptive nature of these differences, and examine what is a normative threat response in development versus a pathological one (i.e., one that can led to or is a symptom of a mental health issue). This project will 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 - No University funding available at this time

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.45

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