Nazanin Sheykh Andalibi

Research Student - PhD

Research Program: Brain Sciences

Thesis Title

Investigating Brain Dynamics underlying emotions in decision making

Research Project

Emotions and decisions are impartible to human beings and everyday life experiences. Neuroimaging studies identified numerous cortical, and subcortical regions of the brain that are involved in processing basic emotions (e.g., Happiness, Disgust, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Surprise), decision-making, and their interactions. However, there are still questions to answer relating to how these areas cause emotions to affect decision-making. To answer these questions, I explore the neurobiological bases underlying emotions and decisions by measuring brain activity in non-invasive ways using electroencephalography (EEG), mouse tracking, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Through the application of cutting-edge analysis methods, my research project aims to develop a new model of brain dynamics that underpins the interaction between emotions and decision-making. This research has the potential to unlock fresh insights into our understanding of disorders that involve emotional or decision dysregulation, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.


  • Master in Science (Biotechnology)
  • Bachelor in Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology)

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LocationWestern Sydney University Westmead Campus