Lecturer in the Neurobiology of Personality, King's College London

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.

I have just written a book called 'The Welfare Trait: how state benefits affect personality', published in November 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Experience

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    Lecturer in the Neurobiology of Personality, King's College London