The Centre has expertise in emotion recognition, emotion regulation and social cognition. We conduct research with various groups, including healthy children and adults and clinical groups (e.g. those with anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder) and examine, for example, how they recognise emotion in others and how they respond to emotion in others in a social context.

An emerging area of interest within the emotion theme is the application of techniques to enhance emotion processing and social cognitive abilities in healthy adults and in individuals who experience difficulties with these capacities. Specifically, our researchers have been investigating how mild brain stimulation (e.g. transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial random noise stimulation) and hormones, specifically, oxytocin (known as the love hormone) can impact on emotion recognition and social cognition.

Our projects include:

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