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Claire Lawrence

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science

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Research Summary

I work predominantly in the area of individual differences, and a lot of what I do attempts to answer the question: Why do some people act aggressively in some situations, and other people don't? I… read more

Recent Publications

  • STACEY, DAVID, LOURDUSAMY, ANBARASU, RUGGERI, BARBARA, MAROTEAUX, MATTHIEU, JIA, TIANYE, CATTRELL, ANNA, NYMBERG, CHARLOTTE, BANASCHEWSKI, TOBIAS, BHATTACHARYYA, SOHINEE, BAND, HAMID, BARKER, GARETH, BOKDE, ARUN, BUCHEL, CHRISTIAN, CARVALHO, FABIANA, CONROD, PATRICIA, DESRIVIERES, SYLVANE, EASTON, ALANNA, FAUTH-BUEHLER, MIRA, FERNANDEZ-MEDARDE, ALBERTO, FLOR, HERTA, FROUIN, VINCENT, GALLINAT, JURGEN, GARAVANH, HUGH, HEINZ, ANDREAS, ITTERMANN, BERND, LATHROP, MARK, LAWRENCE, CLAIRE, LOTH, EVA, MANN, KARL, MARTINOT, JEAN-LUC, NEES, FRAUKE, PAUS, TOMAS, PAUSOVA, ZDENKA, RIETSCHEL, MARCELLA, ROTTER, ANDREA, SANTOS, EUGENIO, SMOLKA, MICHAEL, SOMMER, WOLFGANG, MAMELI, MANUEL, SPANAGEL, RAINER, GIRAULT, JEAN-ANTOINE, MUELLER, CHRISTIAN and SCHUMANN, GUNTER, 2016. A translational systems biology approach in both animals and humans identifies a functionally related module of accumbal genes involved in the regulation of reward processing and binge drinking in males JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY & NEUROSCIENCE. 41(3), 192-202
  • VULSER, HELENE, LEMAITRE, HERVE, ARTIGES, ERIC, MIRANDA, RUBEN, PENTTILA, JANI, STRUVE, MAREN, FADAI, TAHMINE, KAPPEL, VIOLA, GRIMMER, YVONNE, GOODMAN, ROBERT, STRINGARIS, ARGYRIS, POUSTKA, LUISE, CONROD, PATRICIA, FROUIN, VINCENT, BANASCHEWSKI, TOBIAS, BARKER, GARETH J., BOKDE, ARUN L. W., BROMBERG, ULI, BUECHEL, CHRISTIAN, FLOR, HERTA, GALLINAT, JUERGEN, GARAVAN, HUGH, GOWLAND, PENNY, HEINZ, ANDREAS, ITTERMANN, BERND, LAWRENCE, CLAIRE, LOTH, EVA, MANN, KARL, NEES, FRAUKE, PAUS, TOMAS, PAUSOVA, ZDENKA, RIETSCHEL, MARCELLA, ROBBINS, TREVOR W., SMOLKA, MICHAEL N., SCHUMANN, GUNTER, MARTINOT, JEAN-LUC and PAILLERE-MARTINOT, MARIE-LAURE, 2015. Subthreshold Depression and Regional Brain Volumes in Young Community Adolescents JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY. 54(10), 832-840
  • ORTUNO-SIERRA, JAVIER, FONSECA-PEDRERO, EDUARDO, ARITIO-SOLANA, REBECA, MORENO VELASCO, ALVARO, CHOCARRO DE LUIS, EDURNE, SCHUMANN, GUNTER, CATTRELL, ANNA, FLOR, HERTA, NEES, FRAUKE, BANASCHEWSKI, TOBIAS, BOKDE, ARUN, WHELAN, ROB, BUECHEL, CHRISTIAN, BROMBERG, ULI, CONROD, PATRICIA, FROUIN, VINCENT, PAPADOPOULOS, DIMITRI, GALLINAT, JUERGEN, GARAVAN, HUGH, HEINZ, ANDREAS, WALTER, HENRIK, STRUVE, MAREN, GOWLAND, PENNY, PAUS, TOMAS, POUSTKA, LUISE, MARTINOT, JEAN-LUC, PAILLERE-MARTINOT, MARIE-LAURE, VETTER, NORA C., SMOLKA, MICHAEL N. and LAWRENCE, CLAIRE, 2015. New evidence of factor structure and measurement invariance of the SDQ across five European nations EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY. 24(12), 1523-1534
  • MAREKOVA, KLARA, CHAKRAVARTY, MALLAR M., LAWRENCE, CLAIRE, LEONARD, GABRIEL, PERUSSE, DANIEL, PERRON, MICHEL, PIKE, BRUCE G., RICHER, LOUIS, VEILLETTE, SUZANNE, PAUSOVA, ZDENKA and PAUS, TOMAS, 2015. Identifying craniofacial features associated with prenatal exposure to androgens and testing their relationship with brain development BRAIN STRUCTURE & FUNCTION. 220(6), 3233-3244

Current Research

I work predominantly in the area of individual differences, and a lot of what I do attempts to answer the question: Why do some people act aggressively in some situations, and other people don't? I look at this from the perspective of individual differences in aggressive triggers using the Situational Triggers of Aggressive Responses (STAR) scale (Lawrence, 2006). I also examine whether some antisocial traits have benefits in a sexual selection context. Increasingly, however, I am looking at factors that make people pro-social too: examining why people do things like give to charity, co-operate with others or give blood.

In this work, typically I conduct laboratory-based experiments, economic games, field and survey-based studies and brain imaging work.

My second main area of research is the unintended and negative impacts of behavioural interventions. Typically I have studied this in relation to public health messages about stress and antibiotic use for respiratory tract infections (RTIs).

Future Research

I will be examining the impact of antibiotic stewardship public health messages on symptom reporting, antibiotic use and wider attitudes to medical intervention including endorsement for anti-vaccination views and use of complementary or alternative medicine.

I will also continue to look at the conditions under which antisocial traits become more attractive to others and the functional aspects of traits such as Psychopathy, Narcissism and Machiavellianism.

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