Department of Psychology

BioSocial, Cognitive-Affective Psychology

Our research in this area focuses upon links between psychosocial factors and biological mechanisms. We focus on cognitive neuroscience methodologies to explore the underlying mechanisms of cognition and emotion, including the measurement of biomarkers of psychosocial processes.

We combine methods such as EEG, eye tracking, TMS, motion capture, fMRI (using facilities with GW4), endocrinology with cognitive tasks and biosocial indices such as stress reactivity, to provide rigorous evidence from multiple sources for the cognitive and affective processes supporting social cognition.

Our research examines children and adults in the general population, high-clinical-trait groups and healthy participants, as well as clinical groups.

Funded projects

Current research

  • Self and cognition
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Sensory, attentional, affective processing
  • Decision making in financial, risk and health contexts and in clinical groups
  • Underlying mechanisms in the maintenance of clinical symptoms and subclinical symptoms
  • Stress reactivity, allostasis and allostatic load
  • Cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms in addictive behaviours
  • Measurement and methodology

Relevant groups

Selected recent publications

Moutsiana, C., Johnstone, T., Murray, L., Fearon, P., Cooper, P. J., Pliatsikas, C., Goodyer, I. and Halligan, S. L., 2015. Insecure attachment during infancy predicts greater amygdala volumes in early adulthood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56 (5), pp. 540-548.

Petrini, K., Jones, P. R., Smith, L. and Nardini, M., 2015. Hearing where the eyes see:children use an irrelevant visual cue when localizing sounds. Child Development, 86 (5), pp. 1449-1457.

Brosnan, M., Johnson, H., Grawmeyer, B., Chapman, E. and Benton, L., 2015. Emotion recognition in animated compared to human stimuli in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45 (6), pp. 1785-1796.

Button, K. S., Kounali, D., Wiles, N. J., Peters, T. J., Welton, N. J., Ades, A. E., Lewis, G. and Thomas, L., 2015. Minimal clinically important difference on the Beck Depression Inventory - II according to the patient's perspective. Psychological Medicine, 45 (15), pp. 1-11.

Button, K. S., Turner, N., Campbell, J., Kessler, D., Kuyken, W., Lewis, G., Peters, T. J., Thomas, L. and Wiles, N., 2015. Moderators of response to cognitive behavioural therapy as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy for treatment-resistant depression in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders, 174, pp. 272-80.

Barry, T. J., Murray, L., Fearon, R. M. P., Moutsiana, C., Cooper, P., Goodyer, I. M., Herbert, J. and Halligan, S. L., 2015. Maternal postnatal depression predicts altered offspring biological stress reactivity in adulthood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 52 (1), pp. 251-260.

 Proulx, M. J., Brown, D. J., Pasqualotto, A. and Meijer, P., 2014. Multisensory perceptual learning and sensory substitution. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 41, pp. 16-25.

Moutstiana, C., Fearon, P., Murray, L., Cooper, P., Goodyer, I., Johnstone, T. and Halligan, S., 2014. Making an effort to feel positive: insecure attachment in infancy predicts the neural underpinnings of emotion regulation in adulthood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55 (9), pp. 999-1008.

Petrini, K., Remark, A., Smith, L. and Nardini, M., 2014. When vision is not an option: children's integration of auditory and haptic information is suboptimal. Developmental Science, 17 (3), pp. 376-387.

Toseeb, U., Brage, S., Corder, K., Dunn, V. J., Jones, P. B., Owens, M., St Clair, M. C., van Sluijs, E. M. F. and Goodyer, I. M., 2014. Exercise and depressive symptoms in adolescents:A Longitudinal cohort study. JAMA Pediatrics, 168 (12), pp. 1093-1100.

Keogh, E., Cavill, R., Moore, D.J. and Eccleston, C., 2014. The effects of menstrual-related pain on attentional interference. Pain, 155 (4), pp. 821-827.

Walsh, J., Eccleston, C. and Keogh, E., 2014. Pain communication through body posture : the development and validation of a stimulus set. Pain, 155 (11), pp. 2282-2290.

Stapinski, L. A., Bowes, L., Wolke, D., Pearson, R. M., Mahedy, L., Button, K. S., Lewis, G. and Araya, R., 2014. Peer victimization during adolescence and risk for anxiety disorders in adulthood:a prospective cohort study. Depression and Anxiety, 31 (7), pp. 574-582.

Brosnan, M., Chapman, E. and Ashwin, C., 2014. Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder show a circumspect reasoning bias rather than 'jumping-to-conclusions'. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (3), pp. 513-520.

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2014. Eyewitness testimony in autism spectrum disorder : a review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (11), pp. 2682-2697.

Brodbeck, J., Goodyer, I.M., Abbott, R.A., Dunn, V.J., St Clair, M.C., Owens, M., Jones, P.B. and Croudace, T.J., 2014. General distress, hopelessness - suicidal ideation and worrying in adolescence:concurrent and predictive validity of a symptom-level bifactor model for clinical diagnoses. Journal of Affective Disorders, 152-154 (1), pp. 299-305.

Stapinski, L. A., Bowes, L., Wolke, D., Pearson, R. M., Mahedy, L., Button, K. S., Lewis, G. and Araya, R., 2014. Peer victimization during adolescence and risk for anxiety disorders in adulthood:a prospective cohort study. Depression and Anxiety, 31 (7), pp. 574-582.

Petrini, K., Piwek, L., Crabbe, F., Pollick, F. E. and Garrod, S., 2014. Look at those two! : The precuneus role in unattended third-person perspective of social interactions. Human Brain Mapping, 35 (10), pp. 5190-5203.

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