Dr. Iroise Dumontheil is a Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London.
The main topic of Dr. Dumontheil’s research is the typical development of social cognition and cognitive control during adolescence and their functioning in adulthood. Social cognition refers to how we process, store and use information about other people, and how this in turn influences our behaviour, feelings and social interactions, while cognitive control allows us to flexibly adapt our behaviour in the pursuit of an internal goal. To investigate this, she combines different methods including behavioural assessments, genetics, and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She is further interested in the potential implications of this neuroscience research for education.
One recent project completed by Dr. Dumontheil involved the collection of behavioural and genetic data from healthy children, adolescents and adults. The aim was to investigate whether genetic variants of the dopamine system can account for some of the individual differences in social cognition and cognitive control. While analysis of the child and adolescent data is ongoing, analysis of the adult data showed novel genetic associations between variation of two genes affecting dopamine levels and the manipulation of information about social traits (e.g. which of three of my friends is the happiest) (Dumontheil, Jensen et al., 2014), and the ability to resist distraction by faces showing fear or happiness (Kilford, Dumontheil et al., in press).
Please see the list below for the most recent of Dr. Dumontheil’s publications. More information about Dr. Dumontheil’s including a more extensive publication list can be found here. Dr. Dumontheil’s Publications
- Kilford E*, Dumontheil I*, Wood NW, Blakemore S-J, Influence of COMT genotype and affective distractors on the processing of self-generated thought. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (in press).
- Dumontheil I, Development of abstract thinking during childhood and adolescence: The role of rostrolateral prefrontal cortex. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (2014), 10:57-76. For full text click here
- Dumontheil I*, Jensen SKG*, Wood NW, Meyer ML, Lieberman MD, Blakemore S-J. Preliminary investigation of the influence of dopamine regulating genes on social working memory. Social Neuroscience (2014), 9(5):437-51. (* indicates shared first authorship) For full text click here
- Jensen SKG, Dumontheil I, Barker ED. Developmental inter-relations between early maternal depression, contextual risks, and interpersonal stress, and their effect on later child cognitive functioning. Depression and Anxiety (2014), 31(7):599-607. Click here
- Bazargani N, Hillebrandt HF, Christoff K, Dumontheil I. Developmental changes in effective connectivity associated with relational reasoning. Human Brain Mapping (2014), 35(7):3262-3276.For full text click here