Computational Psychopathology Laboratory (Prof. Robin A. Murphy)
Funding for the lab from BBSRC, ESRC, MRC and Wellcome
Recent open access journal article in PLoS One
Collaborations nationally and internationally
Recent funding from Japan Society for Promotion of Science JSPS
Free eBook on individual differences select Frontiers below
We study processes of associative learning in human and animal models with the goal of understanding how the brain and mental processes produce behaviour and as applied to human learning in the developing field of Computational Psychopathology
Associative theory provides a biologically plausible mechanism for understanding how brains learn, remember and act and is a bridge between the acquisition of biologically motivated behaviours (e.g., eating, drinking etc) and more complex information processing (e.g., reasoning about one's agency in the world).
The experiments conducted in the lab include basic biological research into animal behaviour and those on the relation between neurochemistry, structure and learning as well as experiments on human thinking and reasoning.
The translational impact of this work relates to understanding brain function and how therapy can benefit from insights into associative processes.
**A free eBook from Frontiers is available by selecting below.
Current projects involve studying instrumental learning in mouse models of serotonin action. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter implicated in the treatment of anxiety and depression and may play a crucial role in providing us with our sense of agency. Other projects involve the study of psychopathy and the biological substrate of interpersonal beliefs.
Ivan Petrov Pavlov (1930 by Nesterov, Mikhail, 1862-1942).
One of the father's of contemporary psychology. Pavlov worked on the experimental study of behaviour and the development of associative theory and his analytic perspective inspires much of Psychological research. (This artwork is in the public domain at Wikipaintings)
Frontiers in Psychology eBook
A new eBook, freely downloadable, that represents the work of a number of researchers studying associative learning and individual differences
Beliefs about others
One of the dependent measures used in a study to explore the neural networks responsible for our thinking about others and how biases about minority groups might emerge
Dr. Nicola Byrom working in my lab has been developing a network model of configural learning to explain individual differences in psychopathology