The EMOTICOM Battery: a new paradigm for assessing affective cognition
Dr Rebecca Elliott’s research focuses on understanding the neurobiological basis of emotional, motivational and social processes, particularly in the context of psychiatric disorders. Using a combination of brain imaging techniques (particularly functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI) and neuropsychological testing to explore neurocognitive aspects of emotional, motivational and social function, in healthy volunteers and patients with neuropsychiatric problems. Rebecca also studies how these functions are modulated by pharmacological interventions. Currently Rebecca’s work is focusing on (i) exploring the effects of treatment on emotional functions in depression; (ii) exploring the neurobiological basis of resilience to depression in the face of acute and chronic stress; (iii) exploring interactions between physical health, depression and neurocognitive profile in older adults and (iv) exploring neurobiological mechanisms of craving and cognition in drug addiction and how these influence relapse.
Rebecca is also involved in methodological developments in cognitive brain imaging and neuropsychology, collaborating with colleagues in other research groups in Manchester and other universities in the UK and Europe to develop new paradigms for exploring emotional, motivational and social functions in a wide range of clinical populations.
Recently Rebecca became involved in the STEMNET ambassador project, which aims to increase the involvement of professional scientists in public engagement activities, with an emphasis on school activities.