Research project “The dynamic interaction between task and emotion in visual perception”
Does your engagement with the world drive your visual perception? And in what ways? In this project we want to unravel the interaction between cognition, emotion and perception by studying neural correlates of visual perception within different task-settings and emotional contexts. It is known that the first cortical stages of visual perception are already modulated based on task parameters. Given the broad and profound impact of emotions on perceptual, cognitive and physiological processes it is expected that task and emotion are closely connected in shaping perceptual processes. Partly, we want to approach this from a systems neuroscience perspective, by investing how functional control networks are modulated based on emotional context. For this, we will use multivariate analyses (pattern decoding; representational similarity analyses) on functional MRI data.
The planned research is expected to provide new theoretical insights on (emotion) perception, which in turn will foster the development of interventions applied in treatment for non-adaptive behaviour, e.g. anxiety disorders. The project is funded by a NWO Stimuleringsbeurs awarded to Manon Mulckhuyse and Sebo Uithol. The PhD student will participate in the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC), an interfaculty centre for interdisciplinary research on brain and cognition (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences/libc). Key Responsibilities
- Conducting a literature study
- Development and execution of behavioural and neuroimaging (fMRI) studies;
- Report results at conferences and in international journals, leading to a PhD dissertation;
- Supervise BSc and MSc thesis projects;
- Participate in the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC).