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Research interests

My research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, and translating this to improve cognitive-based intervention for patients in primary care. I use experimental techniques from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to explore these mechanisms to inform how they may be modified to reduce anxiety and improve mood. I use epidemiological investigations to understand how dysfunctional cognitions arise. I also work with clinical data from randomised controlled trials to investigate factors associated with response to cognitive behavioural therapy.

In addition to my primary research, I am an advocate for improving the transparency and rigor of psychological research. I use meta-analytic techniques to explore systematic weakness in the evidence-base, and draw on best-practice across disciplines for solutions. 

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Research Output

Emotional recognition training modifies neural response to emotional faces but does not improve mood in healthy volunteers with high levels of depressive symptoms

Penton-Voak, I., Adams, S., Button, K., Fluharty, M., Dalili, M., Browning, M., Holmes, E. A., Harmer, C. J. & Munafo, M., 2020, In : Psychological Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Grassroots Training for Reproducible Science: A Consortium-Based Approach to the Empirical Dissertation

Button, K. S., Chambers, C. D., Lawrence, N. & Munafò, M. R., 1 Mar 2020, In : Psychology Learning and Teaching. 19, 1, p. 77-90

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
33 Downloads (Pure)

Double-dipping revisited

Button, K. S., 1 May 2019, In : Nature Neuroscience. 22, 5, p. 688-690 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
57 Downloads (Pure)

Happy and sad facial expression recognition and depressive symptom severity in a prospective cohort study

Bone, J. K., Lewis, G., Button, K., Duffy, L., Harmer, C. J., Munafo, M., Penton-Voak, I., Wiles, N. & Lewis, G., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


Research Portfolio Submitted in Part Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Author: Foxhall, M., 23 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Hogg, L. (Supervisor), Marks, E. (Supervisor), Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor) & Button, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)