The Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN) aims to understand why some people are resilient and able to withstand whatever life throws at them, while others are emotionally vulnerable and at risk of developing anxiety disorders and depression. We use a variety of multidisciplinary approaches utilizing methods from cognitive psychology, neuroscience and molecular genetics to understand human emotions and affective reactivity across the lifespan.
Our research focuses on cognitive approaches to emotional vulnerability and emotional resilience.
Professor Elaine Fox was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator Award in 2013, to support the CogBIAS project, which will allow her to investigate in further detail the mechanisms underlying emotional vulnerability and optimal mental health. We are currently recruiting participants for our studies in which these questions will be investigated in adults and teenagers. If you are interested in participating please contact us.