The emergence of subjective feelings during foraging under predation threat
Non-human approach-avoidance conflict tests are classic paradigms to elicit anxiety-like behaviours, and mimick aspects of foraging for food while under threat of predation. We have recently translated this class of paradigms to humans (e. g. Bach et al. 2014, Current Biology; Korn et al. 2017, Biological Psychiatry). However, it is unclear how behaviour in this paradigm relates to subjective feeling.
Amygdala oscillations in fear conditioning
Fear conditioning is a form of aversive associative learning that relies on synaptic plasticity in the amygdala and involves theta and gamma oscillations in this process (Seidenbecher et al. 2003, Science, Stujenske et al. 2014, Neuron). In this project, you will analyse human data.
High-precision measurements of human fear memory
Human fear memory research is challenging. Fear memory is measured via physiological readouts that are inherently noisy (e.g. ECG, pupil size, skin conductance). In this project, you will develop high-precision measurements of human fear memory by combining multiple readouts.
Master theses: “Scaling up computational emotion research”
BachLab now offers MSc projects on scaling up computational emotion research, by harnessing the power of crowdsourcing and ubiquitous consumer-grade sensors. Please find more information in the attached document.

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