Sonia Bishop

Associate Professor

Building on my initial training in cognitive/clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, I was attracted by the discipline of cognitive neuroscience and spent my formative scientific years at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit under the mentorship of John Duncan. Here, I received training in functional magnetic resonance imaging and applied models from the cognitive neuroscience literature on attention to address the impact of trait differences in anxiety upon the frontal-amygdala circuitry implicated in attentional control over threat. Interspersed with my work at the CBU, I also spent periods of time in the US working with Martha Farah, Jonathan Cohen, and Jim Haxby at U Penn and Princeton University and a stint in the genetics lab of John Fossella (now at Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry) before returning to take up a career development award at Cambridge University’s Department of Experimental Psychology, under the mentorship of Trevor Robbins. Since July 2008, I have been a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Over my 10 years at Berkeley, I have increasingly incorporated computational approaches into my lab’s work. Key collaborators include Peter Dayan (Max Planck, Tubingen); Jack Gallant (UC Berkeley) and Alex Huth (U. Austin, Texas). The new discipline of computational psychiatry is a nature home for our lab’s work - bringing together an interest in how brain and cognitive function ‘goes wrong’ in individuals displaying elevated levels of psychiatric symptomatology with a focus on cutting edge neuroimaging methods and computational modeling. Please see our main lab page and projects pages for further info.

See Publications page for published work


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