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All living creatures have to cope with environmental
demands and threats that challenge their physical
or emotional homeostasis.

The biological, psychological and developmental mechanisms underlying stress and emotion in humans and other species are only some of the subtopics hosted under the overarching umbrella of this hotspot. Hence, this hotspot is of interest to researchers from several disciplines working with different species, at different stages of development and applying difference perspectives and different methodologies: from the cell to the clinic.

Within the LIBC hotspot ‘Stress & Emotion’ researchers focus on questions such as:

  • How do stress and emotions affect cognition?
  • What is the influence of stress hormones and medication on cognition?
  • Which factors (personality, genetic, brain characteristics etc.) make people vulnerable or resilient to the consequences of (traumatic) stress?
  • Which brain characteristics are involved in stress-related psychopathologies?
  • What is the impact of exposure to chronic stress during early development on brain structure and functioning?
  • Which brain networks are involved in stress and recovery from stress?
  • What is the effect of treatments on brain networks involved in stress?
  • What is the influence of stress on cognitive and emotional functioning?
  • Which brain abnormalities are found in endocrine diseases involving the stress-axis?
  • What is the impact of exposure to chronic stress during early development on brain structure and functioning?
  • How does reward affect brain function?

Please see our people page for more detailed descriptions of the research conducted within the LIBC-social hotspot.