Reading Emotions

Reading Emotions* is a research interest group, bringing together affective neuroscientists and researchers in psychopathology at the University of Reading, and our collaborators in the UK and internationally.

We organise the annual Reading Emotions symposium, an inter-disciplinary affective neuroscience meeting. It is typically held in June, in the beautiful campus of the University of Reading.

Details of past installments of the symposium can be found here.

"llustrations of heads showing joye, tristesse, etonnement and adversion" in Louis Charles d'Ourches Bigarures' manuscript (1705-14), Wellcome Library, London.

Our research expertise

    • Emotion perception and regulation

    • Emotional and regulatory development across the life-span

    • Emotion-cognition interaction, including decision-making, attentional and inhibitory processes

    • The brain and body physiology underpinning cognitive and affective processes

    • Emotion and psychopathology

Our methods

    • Functional, structural, and resting-state magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)

    • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

    • Electroencephalography (EEG)

    • Eye gaze tracking

    • Psychophysiology (galvanic skin responses, electromyography, heart rate measures)

    • Peripheral physiology (pubertal and hormonal (e.g. cortisol) analysis)

    • Computational modelling

    • Video coding of child behaviour and parent/child interactions

    • Genetic association

For more information about our work, publications, and research environment, please visit the webpages of the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN).

* pun intended