Dr Yan Birch
BSc. (Hons)., MSc., Ph.D
|Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology||L17|
My work to date has predominantly focussed on the investigation of evolutionary theories of low mood. Specifically, I am interested in how the process of rumination may be broken down and how the resulting sub-components may relate differentially to problem-solving ability in a multitude of domains. More recently I have become interested in how an individual's metacognitive beliefs about their own ruminative processes may moderate rumination's effect on problem-solving.
More broadly, I am interested in the emotions and emotional processing and have previously conducted work on the lateralisation, and hormonal regulation thereof, emotional face processing.
- Emotional Processing
- Evolutionary Psychopathology
- Cognitive Effects of Rumination
- State and Trait Differences in Rumination
- Contemporary Issues in Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience
- Rumination as a Transdiagnostic Process
- Ball, Keira, Birch, Yan, Lane, Alison, Ellison, Amanda & Schenk, Thomas (2017). Comparing the effect of temporal delay on the availability of egocentric and allocentric information in visual search. Behavioural Brain Research 331: 38-46.
- Innes, R. B., Burt, D. M., Birch, Y. K. & Hausmann, M. (2016). A leftward bias however you look at it: revisiting the emotional chimeric face task as a tool for measuring emotion lateralization. Laterality 21(4-6): 643-661.