Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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 ( 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.

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Funda Akkus, Sylvia Terbeck, Connor J. Haggarty, Valerie Treyer, Janan Janine Dietrich, Stefanie Hornschuh and Gregor Hasler (2020) The role of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 in nicotine addiction – Cambridge University Press. Continue to DOI

Connor J. Haggarty, Peter Malinowski, Francis P. McGlone, Susannah C. Walker (2019) Autistic traits modulate cortical responses to affective but not discriminative touch – European Journal of Neuroscience. Continue to DOI


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  • B.Sc Psychology with Neuropsychology, University of Wales, Bangor, UK
  • M.Sc Cognitive Neuroscience, Aston University, UK
  • Ph.D Cognitive Neuroscience, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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