I am currently undertaking my Honours year within the Forensic and Clinical Cognition Lab. I joined the lab as a volunteer in 2020, and later completed my third-year placement in the lab. I then completed the Summer Research Award (2022-2023), working on a project examining whether warning screens increase attention to negative content on Instagram.
My thesis will examine whether disgust reactions to an analogue trauma persist longer than fear reactions. People often experience disgust during and following trauma, and the intensity of these reactions is associated with PTSD symptom severity. However, PTSD theory and treatment largely focuses on fear reactions. My thesis aims to compare these reactions longitudinally and has implications for understanding the impact of regular exposure to disgust-eliciting stimuli, as well as understanding the role of disgust in PTSD.