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Department of Psychology


Action control and executive function or how people go about controlling their actions. Namely, how they manage to control their responses and adapt them when circumstances deem them no longer appropriate, such as when actions should be inhibited.

The different facets of compulsivity and impulsivity as instances where control may be impaired.

Recently I have become interested in how individuals tolerate and cope with uncertainty.


Key publications: 

Morein-Zamir S, Shahper S, Fineberg NA, Eisele V, Eagle DM, Urcelay G, Robbins TW (2018) Free operant observing in humans: a translational approach to compulsive certainty seeking. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 2052-69.

Morein-Zamir S, Voon V, Dodds CM, Sule A, van Niekerk J, Sahakian BJ, Robbins TW (2016) Differential functional abnormalities associated with stopping and shifting in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Psychological Medicine, 46 (4): 829-40.

Morein-Zamir S, Simon Jones P, Bullmore ET, Robbins TW, Ersche KD (2015) Take it or leave it: prefrontal control in recreational cocaine users. Translational Psychiatry 5:e582 

Morein-Zamir S & Robbins TW (2015) Role of cortical-subcortical circuits in response inhibition: relevance to addiction. Brain Research, 1628:117-29

Morein-Zamir S, Dodds CM, van Hartevelt T, Schwarzkopf W, Sahakian BJ, Muller U, Robbins TW (2014) Neural correlates of specific abnormalities in stopping versus shifting in adults with ADHD. Hypoactivation in right inferior frontal cortex is specifically associated with motor response inhibition in adult ADHD. Human Brain Mapping 35 (10): 5141-52.

Morein-Zamir S, Papmeyer M, Pertusa A, Chamberlain SR, Fineberg NA, Sahakian BJ, Mataix-Cols D, Robbins TW (2014) The profile of executive function in OCD hoarders and hoarding disorder. Psychiatry Research, 215: 659-67

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Person keywords: 
executive function
intolerance of uncertainty
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