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Research interests

The main aim of my research is to explain why some people are more prone to anxiety than others with a view to explaining the causes, and improve the treatment of, anxiety and depression-related illnesses. To do this I follow several research strategies that are based around the theory orginated by Jeffrey Gray that the anxiety-prone personality is caused by high sensitivity to threat/punishment. My research strategies include measuring the effects of anti-anxiety drugs on the intensity of threat-avoidance behaviour in humans, studying neural activity during the same behaviour pattern, as well as evaluating associations between personality questionnaire scores and patterning of human defensive behaviour.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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