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Eloise Stark

MA (Oxon), MBPsS

DPhil Student

My doctoral research concerns the neural, attentional and behavioural mechanisms underlying parent-infant interaction. This research has a specific emphasis on parent-infant interaction in the context of infant craniofacial abnormality, and the development of interventions to support these families. This work will form part of a larger project to elucidate the functional neuroanatomy of the human parental brain, and to understand how such mechanisms might function in the context of psychiatric disorder such as postnatal depression. 

I am funded by a Medical Research Council Studentship, and supervised by Professor Morten Kringelbach and Professor Alan Stein within the section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

In 2013, I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Before commencing my DPhil I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant within the Hedonia: TrygFonden Research Group here at the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford. Specifically I worked with the Scars of War Foundation, using neuroscience to determine how trauma affects the brain. 


On Cuteness: Unlocking the Parental Brain and Beyond 

Kringelbach, M. L., Stark, E. A. et al., (2016) Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20 (7), 545-558.

Neurobiology of Human Parenting

Stark, E. A., Stein, A., Young, K. S., Parsons, C. E., & Kringelbach, M. L. (2019). In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.) Handbook of Parenting (Third Edition). Volume 2: The Biology and Ecology of Parenting. London: Routledge, pp. 250-284. 

Understanding the human parental brain: A critical role of the orbitofrontal cortex

Parsons, C. E., Stark, E. A., et al. (2013). Social Neuroscience, 8 (6), 525-543. 

Autism in Women

Stark, E. A. (2018) The Psychologist

Is slowness the essence of knowledge? 

Stark, E. A. (2017) The Psychologist, 30, 38-41.