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Sophie Raeder

DPhil Student

I am a DPhil student supervised by Professor Kia Nobre and Professor Gaia Scerif and I am funded by NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.

My DPhil research examines how attentional biases to threatening information interact with endogenous memory cues and how this is modulated by trait anxiety. To explore this, I have incorporated threatening stimuli into paradigms in which implicit and explicit memories are employed to guide attention.

This approach provides an ecologically valid account of how threat biases compete with other drivers of attention. My research has thus far demonstrated that exaggerated attention to threatening stimuli in anxious individuals interferes with the use of endogenous cues to direct attention. Thus, threatening stimuli receive greater attentional weighting compared to memory cues.

Given the potency and reinforcing nature of attentional biases to threatening information in anxious individuals, a better understanding of their interaction with other attention cues can provide clinically informative results.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University. After working for a few years in both research and clinical practice, I went on to do a MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford. I am currently in my final year of my DPhil.