I am a social neuroscientist interested in the role of affect in brain and behaviour.
Using a variety of techniques including neuroimaging (particularly EEG), psyhophysiology (facial EMG, GSR, HR) and behavioural measures I have spent the last few years researching the role of affective touch on sociability in clinical and typically developing populations. I completed by PhD in the SomAffect Lab Group (www.somaffect.org) at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, then completing an 18-month role there as a lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience.
I am now undertaking research into the endocannabinoid system (ECN) and the role this plays in PTSD. Colleagues showed that FAAH inhibition (which increases the concentration of endocannabinoids in the ECN) facilitated fear extinction, it is our aim to determine how this mechanism affects individuals with PTSD.