Dr Antonios Christou MA, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Antonios Christou

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Antonios Christou is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Predictive Sensory Motor Lab (PRISM) where he is investigating the genetic and neural bases of human sensorimotor learning . To achieve that he is utilizing sensorimotor psychophysical techniques and he is conducting genetic investigations to identify novel associations between genes, endophenotypes and sensorimotor behaviour in a healthy young population.

See Antonios' personal website: http://www.antonioschristou.weebly.com

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Psychology (2014) University of Birmingham, School of Psychology.

M.A. in Inclusion & Special Educational Needs (2011) University of Birmingham, School of Education

B.Sc. in Psychology (2009) University of Ioannina, Greece 

Biography

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre (PRISM Lab), University of Birmingham,  where in a Wellcome Trust-funded project I am investigating the genetic influences of human sensorimotor learning.

I have completed my PhD research in 2014 at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham where I investigated the genetic and neural mechanisms that associated with risk and resilience for psychopathological problems in early childhood. To achieve this I utilized electroencephalography (EEG) and eye-tracking techniques to derive functional brain-based endophenotypes and I conducted genetic investigations to identify novel associations between genes, endophenotypes and behaviour. The main question of my doctorate research was how common genetic variations contribute in functional brain development and emotion regulation during early childhood which may help us identify novel and early  biomarkers for affective disorders and/or later psychological maladjustment (Christou et al., 2015; Christou et al., 2015b).

Research

Research interests

Neuroimaging Genetics, Affective Neuroscience, Mirror Neurons

Other activities

Professional memberships

European Brain and Behavior Society
British Psychological Society
Hellenic Society for Neuroscience
Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
Society for the Neural Control of Movement

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Christou A. I., Wallis Y., Bair H., Crawford H., Frisson S., Zeegers M. &  McCleery J. P. (2015). BDNFVal66Met and 5-HTTLPR genotype are each associated with visual scanning patterns of faces in young children. Frontiers in  Behavioural Neuroscience, 9, 175. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00175

Christou, A. I., Endo, S., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Zeegers M. P., & McCleery J. P. (2015). Variation in serotonin 5-HTTLPR short/long genotype modulates resting frontal EEG asymmetries in children. Development and Psychopathology. 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579415000413

 

Conference proceedings 

Christou A. I., Wallis Y., Bair H., Crawford H., Frisson S., Zeegers M. &  McCleery J. P. (2015). BDNF Val66Met and 5-HTTLPR genotype differentially influence visual scanning of faces in children. Abstract accepted as oral presentation at the Joint EBBS-EBPS Meeting 2015, 12-15 September 2015, Verona, Italy.

Christou A. I., Galea J. M., Miall R.C. (2015). Association between individuals' motor learning parameters across distinct adaptation tasks: visuomotor and force field comparisons. Abstract accepted to be presented at the NCM Meeting 2015, 20-24 April 2015, Charleston, SC, USA.

Christou, A. I., Endo, S., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Zeegers M. P., & McCleery J. P. (2014). Variation in serotonin 5-HTTLPR short/long genotype modulates resting frontal EEG asymmetries in young children. Poster presented at the FENS Forum, 5-9 July 2014, Milan, Italy.

Christou A. I., Endo S., and McCleery J. P. (2013). Frontal EEG asymmetry and affective regulation in early childhood. Poster presented at the 45th European Brain and Behaviour Society Meeting, 6-9 September 2013, Munich, Germany.

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