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Dr Dinkar Sharma

Reader in Psychology
Co-Director of Centre of Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems
Director of Education

Dinkar Sharma


Research interests

My main areas of current research are:

  • EMOTION. Using the Stroop task and Posner's cueing paradigm I have looked at various factors that moderate the pattern of disruption from emotional stimuli. The major issue here is the role of emotional interference in cognitive control. Our hypothesis is that emotional interference is the result of systems that disengage attention from the task for a brief period of time. This has been implemented in a recent model (see Wyble, Sharma, & Bowman, 2008).
  • ADDICTION: I am interested in the processing of addiction (in particular, alcohol and smoking) related stimuli. This research aims to develop objective measures, test cognitive models, and investigate techniques that can be used to reduce the impact of these stimuli.
  • ATTENTION: Testing cognitive models of selective attention (e.g. connectionists, translation models) by varying task set (e.g. mindfulness meditation), properties of the stimulus as well as modality of the response.

I would welcome applications from potential doctoral students in these areas.

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Key publications

  • Booth, R., Sharma, D., & Leader, T. (2015). The age of anxiety? It depends where you look: changes in STAI trait anxiety, 1970–2010. Social Psychiatry And Psychiatric Epidemiology. doi:doi:10.1007/s00127-015-1096-0
  • Clarke, S., Sharma, D., & Slater, D. (2015). Examining fast and slow effects for alcohol and negative emotion in problem and social drinkers. Addiction Research & Theory, 23, 24-33. doi:10.3109/16066359.2014.922961
  • Kramer, R. S. S., Weger, U. W., & Sharma, D. (2013). The effect of mindfulness meditation on time perception. Consciousness And Cognition, 22, 846-852. doi:doi:10.1016/j.concog.2013.05.008
  • Hotham, S., Sharma, D., & Hamilton-West, K. E. (2012). Restrained eaters preserve top-down attentional control in the presence of food. Appetite, 58, 1160-1163. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2012.03.011






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