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Action selection under threat: the complex control of human defense

Project description

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.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-COG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 998 750

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 998 750
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments