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Carien Van Reekum

  • Research Co-Director (Research Division Leader) of the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS)
  • PCLS Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Areas of interest

My research focuses on brain mechanisms of adaptive responding to emotion and consequences for wellbeing, how emotion regulatory skill changes across the lifespan and how age-related changes in brain structure impact brain function.

Measures of brain imaging (MRI, EEG) and peripheral psychophysiology (e.g. facial EMG, skin conductance, heart rate) in addition to behavioural measures and self-reports are used in this endeavour.

Other interests include how emotion modulates attention allocation and how an individual's disposition biases the evaluation of emotion-relevant information. Our research is funded by EU FP7, British Academy, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC), and through collaboration with industry.


  • Undergraduate: neuroscience, emotion.
  • Postgraduate: neuroscience.

Research centres and groups

  • Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
  • Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
  • Ageing
  • Lifespan Development.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Psychology, Amsterdam
  • PhD Psychology, Geneva.


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