About the lab

Research at the lab focuses on how emotion is represented and how it influences learning and memory. Our work spans the computational, cogntive and neuroscience levels of investigation. We use the entire tool-kit of cognitive neuroscience to understand fundamental questions about human behavoiur, especially behavioural experiments with healthy adults, and neuroimaging. Here are some of the broad questions we are trying to answer; please follow this link to explore our research in more detail.  

Emotion representation

Are positive and negative outcomes represented in the brain in the same way? How do our expectations about what the future holds and information we might be given change our feelings and the way they are registered in our brain? How does the brain integrate the prospect of punishment with the desire for reward? Can we use mathematical modelling to quantify and predict emotions and brain representaitons of emotions?

The interplay between emotion, learning, and memory

Why are emotional events remembered better than neutral ones? How does the context of learning and remembering alter this effect of emotion? What is the difference between the way we encode emotional experiences compared to neutral experiences? How do our current goals influence our memories?

Interested in knowing more? 

  • If you would like to know more about the brain and how it works, go to the Headway website.
  • How are emotions constructed? Here are some answers from a world-leading authority on this question. Here you can find out about the relationship between our emotions and those of animals.
  • If you want some background knowledge on memory and emotion, a useful website can be found here.
  • Why do children forget their early years [article not in English]
  • On cognitive control, the name given to what keeps our brain in check-often what we call willpower. Why do we so often yield to temptation?
  • How can we research pain? Hear about the science of pain research here.

Further information