Dr Joana Taylor Tavares

University position

Research Coordinator


Department of Psychology

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Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


I am currently working at research coordinator at the Adaptive Brain Lab.

My PhD used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate oversensitivity to negative feedback in both Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. The work was carried out in Cambridge and at the National Institutes of Health (USA) as part of the NIH-Cambridge Health Science Scholars Programme under the supervision of Professor Barbara Sahakian and Dr Wayne Drevets.

During my post-doc I worked on an ESRC-funded project on primary school children’s tacit and explicit understanding of object motion.

Research Focus


None specified

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


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No collaborators listed

Associated News Items



    Roiser JP, Cannon DM, Gandhi SK, Taylor Tavares J, Erickson K, Wood S, Klaver JM, Clark L, Zarate CA Jr, Sahakian BJ, Drevets WC (2009), “Hot and cold cognition in unmedicated depressed subjects with bipolar disorder.” Bipolar Disord 11(2):178-89 Details


    Taylor Tavares JV, Clark L, Furey ML, Williams GB, Sahakian BJ, Drevets WC (2008), “Neural basis of abnormal response to negative feedback in unmedicated mood disorders.” Neuroimage 42(3):1118-26 Details


    Taylor Tavares JV, Clark L, Cannon DM, Erickson K, Drevets WC, Sahakian BJ (2007), “Distinct profiles of neurocognitive function in unmedicated unipolar depression and bipolar II depression.” Biol Psychiatry 62(8):917-24 Details


    Taylor Tavares JV, Drevets WC, Sahakian BJ (2003), “Cognition in mania and depression.” Psychol Med 33(6):959-67 Details