Latent inhibition during adolescence

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Jee Hyun Kim 0390356623 Personal web page

Project Details

Ever wondered why individual differences exist in developing an anxiety disorder following a similar traumatic experience (e.g., a car accident)? It turns out that having previous related experiences before the traumatic event can play a huge part. For example, a veteran driver with many years of safe driving experience will be less likely to develop an anxiety disorder following a car accident, compared to a novice driver who has not had much prior safe driving. This protection from forming fear memories due to previous safe experiences is called ‘latent inhibition’, and this process shares similar mechanisms to ‘extinction’ that refers to safe experiences following the traumatic event. In the present project, we’d like to investigate latent inhibition in adolescent vs adult humans, as we know that extinction is different across the two ages. Examining latent inhibition in adolescence may help us to understand why adolescence is a particularly vulnerable age to experience anxiety disorders.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

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