Emotional Mental Imagery Lab (EMIL)
The coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) is having a profound effect on all aspects of society, including mental health. Mental health research must be a higher priority in the global response to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Read a new paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry involving Prof. Emily Holmes: "Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science".
- Press release
- A lay summary of the paper
- Seven top tips from the study authors for protecting mental health
- Emily Holmes participates in the webinar Mental Health and COVID-19 organized by The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, MHPSS.net and United for Global Mental Health. The talk was about psychological and social research priorities in relation to mental health & COVID-19.
- Emily Holmes contributes to the international COVID-19 conference COVID-19: Sharing the international lessons learned on July 27 with the lecture "What we have learned and still need to learn in neuroscience and psychology"
- A joint endorsing statement by the Academy of Medical Sciences: Transforming Mental Health and The Academy of Medical Sciences
- Survey results: Understanding people's concerns about mental health impacts of COVID-19
Research Group Mission
Emotional Mental Imagery Lab (EMIL)
for psychological treatment development
The work in Emily Holmes' research group is underpinned by a core interest in mental health science, and the translation of basic findings to create innovations to improve psychological treatments. The research combines perspectives from clinical and experimental psychology. It takes an interdisciplinary approach including psychology, psychiatry, cognitive science, neuroscience and so forth.
Mental imagery is implicated across psychological disorders from intrusive memories of past trauma, to flashforwards to the future in bipolar disorder. Mental imagery involves ‘seeing in the mind’s eye’, ‘hearing in the mind’s ear’ et cetera and has a more powerful impact on emotion than its verbal counterpart (thinking in words). It therefore presents exciting opportunities for transdiagnostic mental health treatment innovation. Mental imagery is also fascinating in its own right in terms of better understanding one of the various shapes human thinking can take.
Head of Group
- Emily Holmes, Professor
- Laura Singh, Visiting Researcher
- Thomas Ågren, Researcher
- Michelle Moulds, Professor, The University of New South Wales, Australia
- Kerry Young, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK
Beau Gamble, Research Assistant
- Johanna Motilla Hoppe, PhD Student
- Kristjana Þórarinsdóttir, PhD Student, University of Iceland
- Johann Hardar, PhD Student, University of Iceland
- Emily Greenfield, DClin Psych Student, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK
- Katherine Depa, Master´s Student
- Emma Odekvist, Master´s Student
- Roosa Porthén, Master´s Student
- Caterina Vannucci, Internship
- Ylva Valden, Master´s Student (2019)
- Felicia Sundström, Master´s Student (2019)
- Andri Steinþór Björnsson, Professor of Psychology, University of Iceland
- Anahita Geranmayeh, Research Assistant, Karolinska Institutet
- Susie Hales, Clinical Psychologist, University of Oxford, UK
- Lalitha Iyadurai, Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Marie Kanstrup, Postdoc, Karolinska Institutet
Iyadurai, Lalitha; Visser, Renée M; Lau-Zhu, Alex; Porcheret, Kate; Horsch, Antje; Holmes, Emily A.; James, Ella L
Intrusive memories of trauma: A target for research bridging cognitive science and its clinical application.
Holmes, Emily A.; Ghaderi, Ata; Harmer, Catherine J; Ramchandani, Paul G; Cuijpers, Pim; Morrison, Anthony P; Roiser, Jonathan P; Bockting, Claudi L H; O'Connor, Rory C; Shafran, Roz; Moulds, Michelle L; Craske, Michelle G
The Lancet Psychiatry Commission on psychological treatments research in tomorrow's science.
Iyadurai, L.; Blackwell, S. E.; Meiser-Stedman, R.; Watson, P. C.; Bonsall, M. B.; Geddes, J. R.; Nobre, A. C.; Holmes, Emily A.
Preventing intrusive memories after trauma via a brief intervention involving Tetris computer game play in the emergency department: a proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial
Visser, Renee M.; Lau-Zhu, Alex; Henson, Richard N.; Holmes, Emily A.
Multiple memory systems, multiple time points: how science can inform treatment to control the expression of unwanted emotional memories
Horsch, Antje; Vial, Yvan; Favrod, Celine; Harari, Mathilde Morisod; Blackwell, Simon E.; Watson, Peter; Iyadurai, Lalitha; Bonsall, Michael B.; Holmes, Emily A.
Reducing intrusive traumatic memories after emergency caesarean section: A proof-of-principle randomized controlled study
Holmes, Emily A.; Bonsall, M B; Hales, S A; Mitchell, H; Renner, F; Blackwell, S E; Watson, P; Goodwin, G M; Di Simplicio, M
Applications of time-series analysis to mood fluctuations in bipolar disorder to promote treatment innovation: a case series.
James, Ella L.; Bonsall, Michael B.; Hoppitt, Laura; Tunbridge, Elizabeth M.; Geddes, John R.; Milton, Amy L.; Holmes, Emily A.
Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms
Holmes, Emily A.; Craske, Michelle G.; Graybiel, Ann M.
A call for mental-health science
Bourne, C.; Mackay, C. E.; Holmes, Emily A.
The neural basis of flashback formation: the impact of viewing trauma
Holmes, Emily A.; James, Ella L.; Kilford, Emma J.; Deeprose, Catherine
Key Steps in Developing a Cognitive Vaccine against Traumatic Flashbacks: Visuospatial Tetris versus Verbal Pub Quiz
Holmes, Emily A.; Mathews, A
Mental imagery and emotion: A special relationship?
Holmes, Emily A.; Brewin, C R; Hennessy, R G
Trauma films, information processing, and intrusive memory development