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Barney Dunn


Contact Details

If you would like a reprint of any of my articles, are interested in collaborating with our research group, or would like information about available student projects please contact me:


Postal: MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 2EF


My research examines emotion experience and regulation in common mental health problems, using a combination of cognitive-experimental, neuroimaging and psychophysiological methods. The eventual goal of this work is to help develop novel emotion regulation interventions to supplement existing therapeutic strategies. I work under the supervision of Tim Dalgleish and in collaboration with other members of the emotion research group at the CBU. I am based four days a week at the CBU in Cambridge and one day a week as a clinical psychologist in London, where I practice cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive analytic therapy in an adult mental health setting. I am also an honorary lecturer at the Sub Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London, where I supervise the research dissertations of trainee clinical psychologists.

Current Studies

  • The consequences of different forms of emotion regulation in depression, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder
  • Effects of emotional suppression when processing traumatic material
  • Accuracy of self-focused attention to mind and body in anxiety and depression
  • The impact of mindfulness meditation techniques on response to emotional material
  • The contribution of body-state feedback to the emotional and decision-making symptoms of depression
  • An fMRI investigation of the neural substrate of thought suppression
  • An fMRI investigation of the neural representation of basic emotions
  • Empirical evaluation of Damasio's somatic marker hypothesis


  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., Lawrence, A. D., & Ogilvie, A. D. (in press). The accuracy of self-monitoring and its relationship to self-focused attention in dysphoria and clinical depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., & Lawrence, A. (2006). The somatic marker hypothesis: A critical evaluation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 30 (2), 239 – 271.

  • Blackwell, A. D., Dunn, B. D., Owen, A. M., & Sahakian, B. (2005). Neuropsychological assessment of dementia. In O'Brien, Ames & Burns (Eds.), Dementia (3rd ed.): Hodder Arnold.

  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., Lawrence, A. D., Cusack, R., & Ogilvie, A. D. (2004). Categorical and Dimensional Reports of Experienced Affect to Emotion-Inducing Pictures in Depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113(4), 654 - 660.

  • jDunn, B. D., & Bolton, W. (2004). The impact of borderline personality traits on challenging behaviour: implications for learning disabilities services. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 6(4), 3 - 9.

  • Dunn, B. D., Owen, A. M., & Sahakian, B. (2001). Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia. In O'Brien, Ames & Burns (Eds.), Dementia (2nd ed.): Arnold Publishers.

  • Swainson, R., Hodges, J. R., Galton, C. J., Semple, J., Dunn, B. D., Iddon, J. L., et al. (2001). Early detection and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Depression with neuropsychological tests. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 12, 265 - 280.
  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., Lawrence, A. D., Ogilvie, A. D. (submitted). Heart beat perception in dysphoria and depression.