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Annabel Songco

BA (Hons)

Emotions & Affective Neuroscience (Fox Lab)

My research focuses on the cognitive and emotional processes that underlie anxiety in young people. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of cognitive biases and executive functions in the development and maintenance of high worry in adolescents. I am also interested in how interventions can modify cognitive biases and potentially change behaviour.

In my research, I use methods from cognitive psychology and molecular genetics to understand risk and resilience pathways to mental health outcomes. I will also use data from the CogBias longitudal study to track the emotional and cognitive development of a cohort of 500 adolescents. The aim of my research is to identify key mechanisms underlying anxiety in young people and help guide the development of new treatments.