Multimodal testing for a fast subcortical route for salient visual stimuli (2018–2021)
The ability to extract threatening or unpredicted information from the environment is fundamental for survival of most animals, enabling them to anticipate and avoid danger. In human brains, it is unclear how rapidly and through which pathways such information is processed. It is also unknown how such abilities differ across individuals. This project aims to uncover the effect that uncertainty and consciousness have on the perception of fear and its underlying brain circuitry, by using a multimodal combination of non-invasive brain imaging and invasive neural recording techniques in human participants. The anticipated outcome of this research is a deeper knowledge of the brain pathways engaged in fear perception in an uncertain world.