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Professor Sonia Bishop
Professor of Psychology 1968, Psychology
Professor of Psychology 1968, Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN)


I am a computational clinical and experimental psychologist and neuroscientist. I use a combination of computational modelling, functional neuroimaging and experimental methods to investigate altered cognitive and brain function in anxiety and depression. I trained at Oxford University (BA in Experimental Psychology), the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London (PhD in clinical psychology), Cambridge University and the MRC CBU (postdoc) and held a tenured faculty position at UC Berkeley before coming to Trinity College Dublin.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lawrance EL, Gagne CR, O'Reilly JX, Bijsterbosch J, Bishop SJ., The Computational and Neural Substrates of Ambiguity Avoidance in Anxiety., Comput Psychiatr, 6, (1), 2022, p8-33 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Gagne C, Agai S, Ramiro C, Dayan P, Bishop S., Biased belief priors versus biased belief updating: Differential correlates of depression and anxiety., PLoS computational biology, 18, (8), 2022, pe1010176 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

McDougle SD, Ballard IC, Baribault B, Bishop SJ, Collins AGE., Executive Function Assigns Value to Novel Goal-Congruent Outcomes., Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 32, (1), 2021, p231-247 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Gagne C, Zika O, Dayan P, Bishop SJ., Impaired adaptation of learning to contingency volatility in internalizing psychopathology. , eLife, 9, 2020, pe61387 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Ironside M, Browning M, Ansari TL, Harvey CJ, Sekyi-Djan MN, Bishop SJ, Harmer CJ, O'Shea J., Effect of Prefrontal Cortex Stimulation on Regulation of Amygdala Response to Threat in Individuals With Trait Anxiety: A Randomized Clinical Trial., JAMA psychiatry, 76, (1), 2019, p71-78 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Gagne, C. , Dayan, P. , Bishop, S.J., When planning to survive goes wrong: predicting the future and replaying the past in anxiety and PTSD, Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, (24), 2018, p89"95 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI

Bijsterbosch JD, Ansari TL, Smith S, Gauld O, Zika O, Boessenkool S, Browning M, Reinecke A, Bishop SJ., Stratification of MDD and GAD patients by resting state brain connectivity predicts cognitive bias., NeuroImage. Clinical, 19, 2018, p425-433 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Bishop SJ, Gagne C., Anxiety, Depression, and Decision Making: A Computational Perspective., Annual review of neuroscience, 41, 2018, p371-388 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Achaibou A, Loth E, Bishop SJ., Distinct frontal and amygdala correlates of change detection for facial identity and expression., Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 11, (2), 2016, p225-233 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Bijsterbosch J, Smith S, Bishop SJ., Functional Connectivity under Anticipation of Shock: Correlates of Trait Anxious Affect versus Induced Anxiety., Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 27, (9), 2015, p1840-1853 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Forster S, Nunez Elizalde AO, Castle E, Bishop SJ., Unraveling the anxious mind: anxiety, worry, and frontal engagement in sustained attention versus off-task processing., Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 25, (3), 2015, p609-618 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Browning M, Behrens TE, Jocham G, O'Reilly JX, Bishop SJ., Anxious individuals have difficulty learning the causal statistics of aversive environments., Nature neuroscience, 18, (4), 2015, p590-596 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Bishop SJ, Aguirre GK, Nunez-Elizalde AO, Toker D., Seeing the world through non rose-colored glasses: anxiety and the amygdala response to blended expressions., Frontiers in human neuroscience, 9, 2015, p152 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Bijsterbosch J, Smith S, Forster S, John OP, Bishop SJ., Resting state correlates of subdimensions of anxious affect., Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 26, (4), 2014, p914-926 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Forster S, Nunez-Elizalde AO, Castle E, Bishop SJ., Moderate threat causes longer lasting disruption to processing in anxious individuals., Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8, 2014, p626 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Indovina I, Robbins TW, Núñez-Elizalde AO, Dunn BD, Bishop SJ., Fear-conditioning mechanisms associated with trait vulnerability to anxiety in humans., Neuron, 69, (3), 2011, p563-571 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Rowe JB, Hughes L, Williams-Gray CH, Bishop S, Fallon S, Barker RA, Owen AM., The val158met COMT polymorphism's effect on atrophy in healthy aging and Parkinson's disease., Neurobiology of aging, 31, (6), 2010, p1064-1068 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Bishop SJ., Trait anxiety and impoverished prefrontal control of attention., Nature neuroscience, 12, (1), 2009, p92-98 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Bishop SJ, Fossella J, Croucher CJ, Duncan J., COMT val158met genotype affects recruitment of neural mechanisms supporting fluid intelligence., Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 18, (9), 2008, p2132-2140 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Duncan J, Parr A, Woolgar A, Thompson R, Bright P, Cox S, Bishop S, Nimmo-Smith I., Goal neglect and Spearman's g: competing parts of a complex task., Journal of experimental psychology. General, 137, (1), 2008, p131-148 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Bishop SJ., Neural mechanisms underlying selective attention to threat., Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1129, 2008, p141-152 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Bishop SJ., Neurocognitive mechanisms of anxiety: an integrative account., Trends in cognitive sciences, 11, (7), 2007, p307-316 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Bishop SJ, Jenkins R, Lawrence AD., Neural processing of fearful faces: effects of anxiety are gated by perceptual capacity limitations., Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 17, (7), 2007, p1595-1603 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Bishop SJ, Cohen JD, Fossella J, Casey BJ, Farah MJ., COMT genotype influences prefrontal response to emotional distraction., Cognitive, affective & behavioral neuroscience, 6, (1), 2006, p62-70 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Bishop SJ, Dalgleish T, Yule W., Memory for emotional stories in high and low depressed children., Memory (Hove, England), 12, (2), 2004, p214-230 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

Bishop SJ, Duncan J, Lawrence AD., State anxiety modulation of the amygdala response to unattended threat-related stimuli., The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 24, (46), 2004, p10364-10368 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

Bishop S, Duncan J, Brett M, Lawrence AD., Prefrontal cortical function and anxiety: controlling attention to threat-related stimuli., Nature neuroscience, 7, (2), 2004, p184-188 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

Fossella JA, Bishop S, Casey BJ., Exploring genetic influences on cognition: emerging strategies for target validation and treatment optimization., Current drug targets. CNS and neurological disorders, 2, (6), 2003, p357-362 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

Vandenberghe R, Duncan J, Arnell KM, Bishop SJ, Herrod NJ, Owen AM, Minhas PS, Dupont P, Pickard JD, Orban GA., Maintaining and shifting attention within left or right hemifield., Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 10, (7), 2000, p706-713 Journal Article, 2000 DOI

BISHOP, D. V. M., BRIGHT, P., JAMES, C., BISHOP, S. J., VAN DER LELY, H. K. J., Grammatical SLI: A distinct subtype of developmental language impairment?, Applied Psycholinguistics, 21, (2), 2000, p159-181 Journal Article, 2000 DOI

Bishop DV, Bishop SJ, Bright P, James C, Delaney T, Tallal P., Different origin of auditory and phonological processing problems in children with language impairment: evidence from a twin study., Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 42, (1), 1999, p155-168 Journal Article, 1999 DOI

Bishop DV, Carlyon RP, Deeks JM, Bishop SJ., Auditory temporal processing impairment: neither necessary nor sufficient for causing language impairment in children., Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 42, (6), 1999, p1295-1310 Journal Article, 1999 DOI

Bishop DV, Bishop SJ., "Twin language": a risk factor for language impairment?, Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 41, (1), 1998, p150-160 Journal Article, 1998 DOI

Research Expertise


Computational psychiatry, affective cognitive neuroscience, decision-making, attention, emotion, face processing, anxiety, depression