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Department of Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science Alumni

Helen Dodd

Helen Dodd

Thesis Details

Anxiety and Phobias in Williams Syndrome

A large body of research has documented the cognitive phenotype of Williams Syndrome, a genetically based disorder. More recently, research has extended this approach to examine psychopathology in this group. To date there exists strong evidence that individuals with WS are at increased risk for psychopathology, in particular for phobias and anxiety. The principal aim of my thesis is to begin to develop an understanding of the causes for this apparent increased risk for psychopathology by utilising an approach that emphasises individual differences and heterogeneity.

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  • Scholarship : iMurs
  • Supervisors : Dr Melanie Porter (internal), Dr Robyn Langdon (internal), Professor Max Coltheart (internal).

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