Fundamental Research:

Felicia Huppert’s longstanding engagement in research on cognitive neuropsychology is now being augmented by an examination of the way in which affect (positive and negative mood) influences cognitive processing. Experimental studies are using mood induction techniques to establish which aspects of cognitive processing are enhanced or impaired by different mood states. Paradigms are being developed which will be employed to examine patterns of brain activation using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This work is being undertaken in collaboration with the Brain Mapping Unit in the Department of Psychiatry.

A focus of the research on cognitive neuropsychology has been the examination of age differences in cognitive capability, and particularly the factors associated with the maintenance of cognitive function and the concept of ‘successful ageing’. This will remain a focus of the new work which combines affective neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience. Among the questions being addressed is whether positive and negative emotions have comparable effects on task performance among older compared with younger individuals, and how mood state and affective style can moderate age-related responses to stressful experiences.

To view a chapter by Felicia Huppert which reviews recent studies on the neuroscience of cognition and emotion click here (PDF file)
Fundamental Research:

Neuroscience | Population studies | Intervention Development

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