Dr. Nieves Fuentes Sánchez: Figuring Out How Our Brains and Bodies Tick with Emotion

¡Hola! My name is Nieves, I’m from Spain, and I’m a psychologist. For many years now, I have been interested in understanding human behaviour and brain functioning (the most exciting organ that we have!). That’s why I started to study psychology. During my degree, I realised that I wanted to know more about emotions, which are very important to our normal and pathological behaviour, so I decided to start my doctoral thesis.

My research career focuses on the study of human emotions and emotion regulation. Particularly, I’m really interested in understanding what happens in our brain and our body when we feel and regulate emotions. During my stay in Münster I will have the opportunity to learn and use techniques that are new to me, such as the magnetoencephalography (a highly advanced neuroimaging technique) or the transcranial direct current stimulation (a neuromodulation technique).

Fun fact: My friends usually tell me that I have a power to analyse situations and people. Interestingly, I am often right with my predictions! Has studying psychology given me this “power”?