I am a DPhil student in the Department of Psychiatry supervised by Prof Jacinta O’Shea and Prof Michael Browning and funded by the MRC.
Being part of the Translational NeuroStimulation Lab and the Computational Psychiatry lab, the aim of my project is to develop new depression treatments using brain stimulation techniques. I combine transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), neuroimaging and computational modelling to investigate information processing in depression. Since depression is associated with a negative cognitive bias, I am trying to combine tDCS with reinforcement learning paradigms to increase attention towards positive information.
Prior to my DPhil I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Stimulating human prefrontal cortex increases reward learning.
Overman MJ. et al, (2023), Neuroimage
The Value of Neuroimaging for Treating Depression with Brain Stimulation
Sarrazin V. and O’Shea J., (2021), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Neuropsychiatric Disorders, 173 - 210