Interaction of attentional and learning processes during acquisition, generalization and loss of fear


Attentional biases are essential to anxiety disorders but their precise functional role in disorder etiology and maintenance remains be elucidated. By using a multimodal approach, this project will characterize the contribution of attentional processes to functional plasticity in amygdala circuits during the acquisition of fear. It will investigate how differences in attentional exploration shape fear generalization and how stimulus-driven effects in oculomotor control can be exploited to modify attentional biases in anxiety disorders.