Anxiety, cognition and emotion in the human brain

Posted on: 06 February 2024

Anxiety, cognition and emotion in the human brain

The Inaugural Lecture of Prof Sonia BishopProfessor of Psychology (1968 Chair of Psychology), will take place on Tuesday 13th February at 6.15pm in the Robert Emmet lecture theatre.  The lecture is entitled "Anxiety, cognition and emotion in the human brain". 

You can register for the event here.

About Anxiety, cognition and emotion in the human brain

In our daily lives, we use a range of cognitive processes from attention to decision-making. These processes are influenced by the emotional salience of encountered and anticipated objects and events and by our own individual responses to external stimuli. This lecture addresses how we can use experimental cognitive studies, computational modelling and human neuroimaging to understand the influences of trait emotion and stimulus emotional value on processes ranging from decision-making to scene perception. 

About Prof Sonia Bishop

Sonia Bishop holds the 1968 Chair of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She obtained a 1st class undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and completed a PhD in Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London. Her postdoctoral training was undertaken at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge with a year split between Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley in 2008 as an assistant professor, gaining tenure and being promoted to associate professor in 2016. In 2022, she joined Trinity as the 1968 Chair of Psychology, member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, and Professorial fellow. She works at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology and computational science. 

About Inaugural Lectures

It is the tradition in that newly appointed Professors in Trinity College Dublin are invited to give an Inaugural Lecture. The lecture represents the official recognition of their appointment to Professor and the lecture itself provides an opportunity to showcase their achievements in research, innovation, engagement and teaching activities before an audience of members of the University community, invited stakeholders and the general public. An inaugural lecture is a significant event in an academic staff member’s career.