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Dr Yan Birch

Teaching Fellow

BSc. (Hons)., MSc., Ph.D


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Teaching Fellow in the Department of PsychologyL59 

Biography

Academic Interests

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. 

Research interests

  • 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