The prevalence of mental health disorders is growing, not only in the UK but in the entire world. Anxiety and depression are increasingly common disorders, often starting in childhood or adolescence. Autism Spectrum Disorders are lifetime conditions that affect upto 1% of the population in the UK, and are marked by difficulties in understanding and responding appropriately to emotion. Chronic pain patients experience difficulty in coping with pain. Cognitive decline during ageing can affect emotion regulation but emotion can help cognition in older age Interdisciplinary research at the Centre is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying adaptive and maladaptive effects of emotion in health and disorder.
We combine brain imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalography (EEG), with behavioural and psychophysiological measures (e.g. electromyography, galvanic skin response, heart rate measures). We use these methods to understand how the brain supports cognition and emotion across the lifespan in healthy individuals and in those with mental health conditions mentioned above. Our research reflects the integrative mission of the CINN, which seeks to understand the mechanisms of thought and behaviour, providing the evidence base for the development of treatment and prevention strategies for promoting and maintaining our emotional wellbeing throughout life.