I use behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methods to study how hostile biases are learned and generalized, i.e. how individuals come to assume that others want to harm them, and how that facilitates aggressive behavior. Some questions that I ask in my research are:
- Which cognitive models best account for hostile bias learning?
- Does hostile bias learning differ in risky versus safe contexts?
- What are the neural correlates of hostile bias learning?
Eventually, I plan on testing whether this approach is useful for violence assessment in forensic and/or clinical populations.
I obtained a Psychology degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2012, a research-oriented Master’s in Psychology at the University of Barcelona in 2013, and a PhD at the University of Lübeck in 2017. In my doctoral work I investigated how the brain produces and regulates aggressive behavior. I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Donders Institute with funding from the German Science Foundation.