School:Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise: Mind and Behaviour
Sharon’s research aims to better characterise how individuals control their behaviour and mental processes, and how difficulties with such control can contribute to mental health conditions.
Sharon has examined the control of actions and attention in healthy individuals and in clinical groups characterised by control processes difficulties, such as individuals with increased compulsivity (e.g., with OCD or hoarding disorder) or impulsivity (e.g. in ADHD or stimulant drug users).
She investigates behavioural mechanisms and neural correlates related to control and attention across numerous behavioural paradigms, effector systems, and taking a transdiagnostic approach across different patient groups. By integrating approaches from experimental psychology, psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience she aims to advance knowledge and understanding of the human experience and mental health conditions.
Sharon is the co-director of the ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour and head of the ARU Possessions and Hoarding Collective.
Sharon welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of her research interests which include:
Sharon leads the MSc module Quantitative Research Methods, and co-leads the MSc module Issues in Scientific Research.
Sharon teaches on these modules as well as on the postgraduate modules Imaging and Diagnostics, Topics in Clinical Child Psychology and Current Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience. At undergraduate level, she teaches on the modules Becoming a Researcher and Research in Action.
Morein-Zamir S. & Ahluwalia S. (2023) Hoarding disorder: evidence and best practice in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 73 (729): 182-183. Details
Morein-Zamir, S., Kasese, M., Chamberlain, SR., Trachtenberg, E. (2022), Elevated levels of hoarding in ADHD: a special link with inattention. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 145, 167-174. Details and Medarxiv copy
Zhukovsky, P, Morein-Zamir, S., Ziauddeen, H., Fernandez-Egea, E., ...Ersche, K.D. (2021) Prefrontal cortex activation and stopping performance underlie the beneficial effects of atomoxetine on response inhibition in healthy and cocaine use disorder volunteers. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Details
Belcher, H., Morein-Zamir, S., Mandy, W., Ford, R. (2021) Camouflaging intent, first impressions, and age of ASC diagnosis in autistic men and women. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Details
Morein-Zamir, S., & Anholt, G. (2021). Stopping a Response When You Really Care about the Action: Considerations from a Clinical Perspective. Brain Sciences, 11(8), 979. Details
Carmi, L., Zohar, J., Arush, O. B., & Morein-Zamir, S. (2020). From checking the door to checking the app: assessment and treatment implications for obsessive–compulsive disorder in the digital era. CNS spectrums. Details
Zhukovsky, P., Morein‐Zamir, S., Meng, C., Dalley, J. W., Ersche, K. D., 2020. Network failures: When incentives trigger impulsive responses. Human Brain Mapping, 41, pp. 2216-28.
Carmi, L., Zohar, J., Arush, O. B.,, Morein-Zamir, S., 2020. From checking the door to checking the app: assessment and treatment implications for obsessive–compulsive disorder in the digital era. CNS Spectrums, June 30: 1-2.
Morein-Zamir, S., Shapher, S., Gasull-Camos, J., Fineberg, N. A., Robbins, T. W., 2020. Avoid jumping to conclusions under uncertainty in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. PLoS One, e0225970.
Morein-Zamir, S., Shahper, S., Fineberg, N. A., Eisele, V., Eagle, D. M., Urcelay, G., Robbins, T. W., 2018. Free operant observing in humans: a translational approach to compulsive certainty seeking. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70, pp. 2052-2069.
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