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EmotionalActions SIGNED

Understanding Emotional Actions

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Project "EmotionalActions" data sheet

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Organization address
city: London
postcode: WC1E 6BT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-10-03


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (London) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

Emotions shape our personal lives and society at large. In Europe emotional disorders affect one in five people; it is the most chronic and second to most disabling health condition. The stakes to better understand our emotional behaviour are high; however there is still a lot to gain. Traditionally, emotions are thought to guide our behaviour either through fast instincts or deliberately selected actions. Current explanations of emotional health and disease frequently focus on one of these single components in isolation (or regard them as exclusive antagonists), but likely underestimate our emotional behaviour’s complexity and diversity. Here I will investigate a complementary account: I suggest that in humans optimal emotional behaviour arises not from these instinctual and deliberate action selection systems individually, but from their interaction, mediated in our brain by a likely uniquely human prefrontal control system. First, using an innovative task, behavioural profiling, and formal computational modelling I will determine the influence and interaction of these systems in emotional behaviour. Second, I will use concurrent neuroimaging (fMRI) and neurostimulation (tDCS), geared at the prefrontal control system and its connectivity with amygdala and parietal cortex, to investigate their causal mechanisms during emotional situations. This ambitious project combines my extensive experience in emotional behaviour with the world-leading expertise of University College London in computational neuroimaging and neurostimulation. These investigations are deliberately designed to both further our understanding of emotional behaviour and to initiate a path for improved treatment of emotional disorders in Europe. The computational modelling approach will elucidate hidden mechanisms and promote personalized diagnosis, while the modulatory neurostimulation approach will provide new avenues for targeted treatment ready to be developed in collaboration with the clinic.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Katja Bertsch, Karin Roelofs, Paul Jonathan Roch, Bo Ma, Saskia Hensel, Sabine C. Herpertz, Inge Volman
Neural correlates of emotional action control in anger-prone women with borderline personality disorder
published pages: 161-170, ISSN: 1180-4882, DOI: 10.1503/jpn.170102
Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience 43/3 2019-06-18
2017 Sina Radke, Inge Volman, Idil Kokal, Karin Roelofs, Ellen R.A. de Bruijn, Ivan Toni
Oxytocin reduces amygdala responses during threat approach
published pages: 160-166, ISSN: 0306-4530, DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.02.028
Psychoneuroendocrinology 79 2019-06-18
2016 I. Volman, A. Katinka Louise von Borries, B. Hendrik Bulten, R. Jan Verkes, I. Toni, K. Roelofs
Testosterone Modulates Altered Prefrontal Control of Emotional Actions in Psychopathic Offenders
published pages: , ISSN: 2373-2822, DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0107-15.2016
eNeuro 3/1 2019-06-18

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