Research Focus


  • Computational Psychiatry
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Interoception
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Depressive disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Computational modelling
  • Behavioural analysis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Science Culture

  • Science Writing
  • Science Communication
  • Public Outreach
  • Policy Engagement
  • Industry Engagement
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    Dr Camilla Nord

    University Position
    Principal Investigator
    Assistant Professor


    I lead the Mental Health Neuroscience Lab at the University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, and have a dual appointment as Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Psychiatry. My lab investigate brain-body interactions in neuropsychiatric disorders using methods from cognitive and computational neuroscience. Our work spans from basic discovery neuroscience -- including identifying brain, immune, or metabolic mechanisms of mental health disorders -- to applied translational science, including experimental medicine studies of novel treatments. I am also the author of a popular neuroscience book, The Balanced Brain: The Science of Mental Health (Penguin, 2023).

    Key Publications

    A core component of psychological therapy causes adaptive changes in computational learning mechanisms.

    Journal: Psychol Med
    E-pub date: 1 Jan 2024
    Authors: Q Dercon, SZ Mehrhof, TR Sandhu, C Hitchcock, RP Lawson, DA Pizzagalli, T Dalgleish, CL Nord

    A transdiagnostic meta-analysis of acute augmentations to psychological therapy

    Journal: Nat Ment Health
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2023
    Authors: CL Nord, B Longley, Q Dercon, V Phillips, J Funk, S Gormley, R Knight, AJ Smith, T Dalgleish

    Interoceptive pathways to understand and treat mental health conditions.

    Journal: Trends Cogn Sci
    E-pub date: 1 Jun 2022
    Authors: CL Nord, SN Garfinkel

    Neural effects of antidepressant medication and psychological treatments: a quantitative synthesis across three meta-analyses.

    Journal: Br J Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2021
    Authors: CL Nord, LF Barrett, KA Lindquist, Y Ma, L Marwood, AB Satpute, T Dalgleish

    Disrupted Dorsal Mid-Insula Activation During Interoception Across Psychiatric Disorders.

    Journal: Am J Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: CL Nord, RP Lawson, T Dalgleish

    A Causal Role for Gastric Rhythm in Human Disgust Avoidance.

    Journal: Curr Biol
    E-pub date: 8 Feb 2021
    Authors: CL Nord, ES Dalmaijer, T Armstrong, K Baker, T Dalgleish

    Neural predictors of treatment response to brain stimulation and psychological therapy in depression: a double-blind randomized controlled trial.

    Journal: Neuropsychopharmacology
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2019
    Authors: CL Nord, DC Halahakoon, T Limbachya, C Charpentier, N Lally, V Walsh, J Leibowitz, S Pilling, JP Roiser


    Hot metacognition: poorer metacognitive efficiency following acute but not traumatic stress

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2023
    Authors: A Smith, J Bisby, Q Dercon, A Bevan, T Dalgleish, C Hitchcock, C Nord

    Statistical power for cluster analysis.

    Journal: BMC Bioinformatics
    E-pub date: 31 May 2022
    Authors: ES Dalmaijer, CL Nord, DE Astle

    The Computational, Pharmacological, and Physiological Determinants of Sensory Learning under Uncertainty.

    Journal: Curr Biol
    E-pub date: 11 Jan 2021
    Authors: RP Lawson, J Bisby, CL Nord, N Burgess, G Rees

    Cognitive profile partly mediates allergy-associated decrease in mental health

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2020
    Authors: E Dalmaijer, C Nord, G Bignardi, A Anwyl-Irvine, R Siugzdaite, T Smith, S Uh, A Billing, D Astle

    Reliability of Fronto-Amygdala Coupling during Emotional Face Processing.

    Journal: Brain Sci
    E-pub date: 19 Apr 2019
    Authors: CL Nord, A Gray, OJ Robinson, JP Roiser

    Depression is associated with enhanced aversive Pavlovian control over instrumental behaviour.

    Journal: Sci Rep
    E-pub date: 22 Aug 2018
    Authors: CL Nord, RP Lawson, QJM Huys, S Pilling, JP Roiser

    Power-up: A Reanalysis of ‘Power Failure’ in Neuroscience Using Mixture Modeling.

    Journal: J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 23 Aug 2017
    Authors: CL Nord, V Valton, J Wood, JP Roiser

    Unreliability of putative fMRI biomarkers during emotional face processing.

    Journal: Neuroimage
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2017
    Authors: CL Nord, A Gray, CJ Charpentier, OJ Robinson, JP Roiser

    Prefrontal cortex stimulation does not affect emotional bias, but may slow emotion identification.

    Journal: Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 May 2017
    Authors: CL Nord, S Forster, DC Halahakoon, IS Penton-Voak, MR Munafò, JP Roiser

    Vigour in active avoidance.

    Journal: Sci Rep
    E-pub date: 3 Mar 2017
    Authors: CL Nord, G Prabhu, T Nolte, P Fonagy, R Dolan, M Moutoussis

    Resting state connectivity of the human habenula at ultra-high field.

    Journal: Neuroimage
    E-pub date: 15 Feb 2017
    Authors: S Torrisi, CL Nord, NL Balderston, JP Roiser, C Grillon, M Ernst

    Disrupted habenula function in major depression.

    Journal: Mol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 2017
    Authors: RP Lawson, CL Nord, B Seymour, DL Thomas, P Dayan, S Pilling, JP Roiser

    Does excitatory fronto-extracephalic tDCS lead to improved working memory performance?

    Journal: F1000Research
    E-pub date: 17 Oct 2013
    Authors: N Lally, CL Nord, V Walsh, JP Roiser

    Harnessing electric potential: DLPFC tDCS induces widespread brain perfusion changes.

    Journal: Front Syst Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2013
    Authors: CL Nord, N Lally, CJ Charpentier

    Does excitatory fronto-extracerebral tDCS lead to improved working memory performance?

    Journal: F1000Res
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2013
    Authors: N Lally, CL Nord, V Walsh, JP Roiser