Dr NICOLA VAN RIJSBERGEN
- Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology
Accepting PhD Students
What is like to not know the answer to the question 'how do you feel?' I'm currently interested in Emotion blindness (Alexithymia), and the recognition of emotional states in the self and others. Also, what does it feel like to get older? Are emotions differently felt, and differently processed in the brains of older age people? I'm interested in connecting changes with age in neural activity as measured by something like EEG, and changes in subjective experience.
I have an ongoing examining brain signals in younger and older people with Alexithymia (with EEG). This is also connected with a public engagement project with Dr DorothyTse
and our local u3a. Please see https://ageingbetter.wixsite.com/ageing-better-with-a
for details. My part of the project is about understanding and preserving emotional health. It is also connected to the ongoing work of Eleanor Clarke, and Dr Felicity Wolohan on loneliness. Please contact me for more details, and how you might get involved with this project, as either graduate student, undergraduate student intern, or as a participant.
Methods: EEG, eyetracking, Biopac (heartrate, GSR); interested in real time two person interaction and maybe fNIRS/EEG. Although my bias is towards quantitative neuroscience, I recently became convinced of the need for mixed approaches in research on neurodiverse conditions like alexithymia, and of the importance of taking to account lived, as well as laboratory experience.
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