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Post Doctoral Researcher
I am a post doctoral researcher in the Hedonia: TrygFonden Research Group. I completed my doctoral research at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. My current research focuses on two major themes: 1) How we respond to emotionally salient information in the environment 2) How conditions such as depression, anxiety and combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder impact brain functioning.
The Hedonia research group uses a variety of methods to address these questions, such as magnetoencephalography (MEG), deep brain stimulation (DBS), functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging and behavioural tasks.
Listening to infant distress vocalizations enhances effortful motor performance
Parsons CE. et al, (2012), Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 101
Postnatal depression and its effects on child development: a review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries.
Parsons CE. et al, (2012), Br Med Bull, 101, 57 - 79
MEG can map short and long-term changes in brain activity following deep brain stimulation for chronic pain.
Mohseni HR. et al, (2012), PLoS One, 7
Impact of emotion on consciousness: positive stimuli enhance conscious reportability.
Rømer Thomsen K. et al, (2011), PloS one, 6
The neural basis of responsive caregiving behaviour: Investigating temporal dynamics within the parental brain.
Young KS. et al, (2017), Behav Brain Res, 325, 105 - 116
Interpreting infant emotional expressions: Parenthood has differential effects on men and women.
Parsons CE. et al, (2017), Q J Exp Psychol (Hove), 70, 554 - 564
A longitudinal study of early reading development in two languages: comparing literacy outcomes in Irish immersion, English medium and Gaeltacht schools
Parsons CE. and Lyddy F., (2016), International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 19, 511 - 529
Evidence for a Caregiving Instinct: Rapid Differentiation of Infant from Adult Vocalizations Using Magnetoencephalography.
Young KS. et al, (2016), Cereb Cortex, 26, 1309 - 1321
Post-traumatic stress influences the brain even in the absence of symptoms: A systematic, quantitative meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies.
Stark EA. et al, (2015), Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 56, 207 - 221