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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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Projects 2013 2014


Button, K.


Project: Research councilIndividual grant

Research Output 2012 2018

Exposure to childhood adversity and deficits in emotion recognition: Results from a large, population-based sample

Dunn, E. C., Crawford, K. M., Soare, T. W., Button, K. S., Raffeld, M. R., Smith, A. D. A. C., Penton-Voak, I. S. & Munafò, M. R. 4 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Disorders
Longitudinal Studies
96 Citations

A manifesto for reproducible science

Munafò, M. R., Nosek, B. A., Bishop, D. V. M., Button, K. S., Chambers, C. D., Percie Du Sert, N., Simonsohn, U., Wagenmakers, E., Ware, J. J. & Ioannidis, J. P. A. 10 Jan 2017 In : Nature Human Behaviour. 1, 1, p. 0021

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Empirical study
2 Citations

Low statistical power in biomedical science: a review of three human research domains

Dumas-Mallet, E., Button, K. S., Boraud, T., Gonon, F. & Munafò, M. R. 1 Feb 2017 In : Royal Society Open Science. 4, 2, 160254

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
statistical significance

The Burden of the "False-Negatives" in Clinical Development: Analyses of Current and Alternative Scenarios and Corrective Measures

Burt, T., Button, K. S., Thom, H. H. Z., Noveck, R. J. & Munafò, M. R. 4 Jul 2017 In : Clinical and Translational Science. 10 p., 12478

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gravity Suits
Transmissible Enteritis of Turkeys
Costs and Cost Analysis
Enterobacteriaceae Infections

Variation in the recall of socially rewarding information and depressive symptom severity: a prospective cohort study

Lewis, G., Kounali, D. Z., Button, K. S., Duffy, L., Wiles, N. J., Munafò, M. R., Harmer, C. J. & Lewis, G. 1 May 2017 In : Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 135, 5, p. 489-498 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cohort Studies
Prospective Studies
Equipment and Supplies
Primary Health Care