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Verena Sarrazin

BSc, MSc


DPhil student

I am a DPhil student in the Department of Psychiatry supervised by Dr Jacinta O’Shea and Prof Michael Browning and funded by the MRC.

Being part of the Cognition, Action & Neurotherapeutics lab and the Computational Psychiatry lab, the aim of my project is to develop new depression treatments using brain stimulation techniques. I combine transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), neuroimaging and computational modelling to investigate information processing in depression. Since depression is associated with a negative cognitive bias, I am trying to combine tDCS with reinforcement learning paradigms to increase attention towards positive information. 

Prior to my DPhil I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at the Freie Universität Berlin.