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Professor Sonia Bishop
Professor of Psychology 1968, Psychology


I am a computational clinical and experimental psychologist and neuroscientist. I use a combination of computational modelling, functional neuroimaging and experimental methods to investigate altered cognitive and brain function in anxiety and depression. I trained at Oxford University (BA in Experimental Psychology), the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London (PhD in clinical psychology), Cambridge University and the MRC CBU (postdoc) and held a tenured faculty position at UC Berkeley before coming to Trinity College Dublin.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lawrance EL, Gagne CR, O'Reilly JX, Bijsterbosch J, Bishop SJ., The Computational and Neural Substrates of Ambiguity Avoidance in Anxiety., Comput Psychiatr, 6, (1), 2022, p8-33 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Gagne C, Agai S, Ramiro C, Dayan P, Bishop S., Biased belief priors versus biased belief updating: Differential correlates of depression and anxiety., PLoS computational biology, 18, (8), 2022, pe1010176 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Gagne C, Zika O, Dayan P, Bishop SJ., Impaired adaptation of learning to contingency volatility in internalizing psychopathology. , eLife, 9, 2020, pe61387 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Bishop SJ, Gagne C., Anxiety, Depression, and Decision Making: A Computational Perspective., Annual review of neuroscience, 41, 2018, p371-388 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Research Expertise


Computational psychiatry, affective cognitive neuroscience, decision-making, attention, emotion, face processing, anxiety, depression