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Cognition in Emotional Disorders And Resilience Group

Cognition in Emotional Disorders And Resilience (CEDAR) group

Group Director: Dr Colette Hirsch

Emotions are a key part of what makes us human, but people vary in the extent and impact of these emotions and some individuals have debilitating emotional problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. While psychological treatments are often the first choice in helping people overcome these difficulties, these treatments do not work for everyone and need improving.

Emotional reactions occur in response to our thoughts, which in turn are the result of cognitive processes (e.g. attention and interpretation). Our research is designed to improve our understanding of how cognitive processes combine to perpetuate emotional problems and identify key targets for new psychological treatments. This work is paving the way for improved psychological treatments.

Our group also aims to understand how some highly emotionally resilient individuals are able to function well despite ongoing threat (e.g. potential recurrence of life threatening disease). Specifically, we seek to discover what cognitive processes help maintain resilience. This work will enable us to develop methods to help others with similar problems manage their ongoing stress more effectively. 


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