Exploring human defence mechanisms
Under threat, humans immediately perform a wide range of defence actions. As anxiety disorders involve some of these behaviours, it is important to understand mechanisms of action selection under threat. Existing concepts of human defence behaviour derive from rodent research and focus on a small number of large and cross-species action trends. Since this does not explain the complexity of the fundamental action selection mechanisms, the EU-funded ActionContraThreat project will attempt to understand these psychological mechanisms and explain their neural implementation. The project relies on a cognitive-computational approach to systematically specify the space of actions under threat, explore the psychological mechanism that conditions action selection and describe them with computational algorithms that allow quantitative predictions.
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