The Stress and Anxiety Research Lab (STAR Lab) is directed by Prof. Alexandre Heeren at the Psychological Sciences Research Institute & Institute of Neuroscience of UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The lab focuses on basic and translational research surrounding the cognitive and affective features of anxiety and stress-related phenomena via quantitative modeling, experimental, and neuroscientific approaches.
Our current research projects focus on 1) the cognitive and emotional mechanisms (e.g., attentional bias; worry; emotion regulation; top-down attention control; fear of social exclusion) of anxiety- and stress-related phenomena, 2) the use of quantitative modelling approaches (e.g., network analysis, time-series) to unfold the dynamics of and the interplay between these mechanisms; 3) the potent involvement of these mechanisms in relation with stress in other mental and neurological disorders (e.g., depression, behavioral addiction, tinnitus), as well as 4) several translational research agendas (e.g., neuromodulation, cognitive training) aiming at targeting these mechanisms.
Find out more about our research by visiting our pages dedicated to publications or lab members' current research interest. Of note, our lab has been featured in a French-speaking (with available English captions) video documentary aiming at broadcasting our research activities. Don't hesitate to watch the video to find out more about us!