Understanding emotion dysregulation in people with traumatic brain injury

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People with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often have problems with emotion control meaning they can suffer from apathy, disinhibition or both. Why both disorders can co-exist and whether they reflect damage to one or more neural systems is unknown. In this project we join together clinical neuropsychology labs with expertise in working with people with acquired brain injuries and behavioural neuroscience labs which have developed sophisticated paradigms from animal research to distinguish neural systems of decision making. We will combine these approaches to determine whether emotional dysregulation after TBI reflects changes to value based or stimulus (goal based) decision-making.

The ideal candidate for this project must have excellent grades in Psychology and demonstrated capacity for independent research via a completed research thesis. Ideally they will have some understanding of clinical disorders and have experience of people with brain damage.

Supervisory team
Skye
McDonald

Science
Psychology
Bernard
Bellaine

Science
Psychology
Fiona
Kumfor

University of Sydney
Brain and Mind Institute
s.mcdonald@unsw.edu.au