Understanding the interaction between fear and choice behavior in psychiatric disorders


Recent evidence suggests that the excessive formation of habits plays an important role in a number of psychiatric disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance use disorder (SUD). What remains to be understood is how fear and anxiety fit into this picture. This project aims to reveal how behavior, fear and anxiety interact in a range of related, yet diagnostically discrete, psychiatric disorders that are characterized by varying degrees of anxiety and compulsivity.