I am broadly interested in different forms of associative learning, including appetitively- and aversively-motivated instrumental and Pavlovian conditioning.
My main area of interest is in how we detect the detrimental consequences of our actions (i.e. punishment), and how neural processes change our behaviour to avoid these adverse outcomes. Understanding how we stop (or fail to stop) doing things that are bad for us is important for understanding and improving the choices we make in our everyday lives. It also has great relevance for a number of psychiatric conditions that are associated with dysfunctions in punishment processing, such as substance and behavioural addictions (e.g. drug addiction, gambling disorder), psychopathy (e.g. antisocial personality disorder) and depression.