A neurocomputational investigation of Pavlovian-instrumental interactions in avoidance


  • Dr Claire Gillan

    University of Cambridge

Project summary

Claire will use her Fellowship to study how fear learning interacts with the balance between automatic habits and purposeful goal-directed behaviours. She will join the laboratories of Dr Elizabeth Phelps and Professor Nathaniel Daw at New York University, where she will use computational analysis methods to delineate the brain and behavioural correlates of this interaction. Later, Claire will work with Professor Trevor Robbins at the University of Cambridge to apply this methodology to the study of a range of psychiatry groups. Claire hopes that these experiments will improve our understanding of the dimensional, rather than categorical, nature of psychiatry.