Dr George Vousden

George Vousden

University position

Research Associate

Departments

Department of Psychology

Email

ghv22@cam.ac.uk

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a multifaced condition affecting approximately 12 in 1000 individuals. Using sophisticated behavioural tools in rodents we can attempt to recapitulate behaviours that contribute toward aspects of OCD, with the focus of my research being checking behaviour. Whilst initially adaptive, checking can become excessive and habitual, preventing individuals with OCD from carrying activities of daily life. My work investigates the factors that lead to development of both functional and dysfunctional checking behaviours, a better understanding of which may be used to inform future treatments for OCD.

Research Focus

Keywords

OCD

checking

psychological disorders

behavioural neuroscience

Clinical conditions

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Collaborators

Cambridge

Dawn Eagle

Amy Milton

Trevor Robbins

Associated News Items


    Publications

    2017

    Vousden GH, Milton AL. (2017), “ The chains of habits: too strong to be broken by reconsolidation blockade?” Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 13: 158-163