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Annabel Songco

BA (Hons), PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Emotions and Affective Neuroscience group, my research investigates the risk and resilience pathways to mental health outcomes in children and adolescents. In particular, I am interested in understanding the role of cognitive biases and executive functions in the development and maintenance of worry and anxiety in young people. A better understanding of these cognitive processes can help to identify the key mechanisms to target for early interventions and guide the development of innovative treatments.

I work on the CogBias Longitudinal Study, which measured a range of psychological factors in a sample of over 500 adolescents at three time-points. My research uses multidisciplinary approaches from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular genetics to understand why some young people are resilient and able to withstand whatever life throws at them, while others are emotionally vulnerable and at risk of developing anxiety disorders and depression.