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Baby-LINC Lab

Learning through Interpersonal Neural Communication

Studying at Cambridge


Liana Amunts

Liana Amunts

Research Assistant


I have a background in Cognitive Neuroscience and for the last few years, I have been studying Psychoanalysis and practicing as an Honorary Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at the NHS. I am interested in possible ways of combining developmental neuroscience and psychoanalytic thinking. A particular area of interest is mother-baby interactions - the meaning and the effect that these interactions have on the developing baby/child. Our first interactions are often with our mother, and these begin in the womb. The LINK between baby and mother as reflected through their relationship and brain synchronisation is a particular interest of mine. Research indicates that the nature of the relationship between baby and mother can affect the mental and cognitive development of the baby. I believe that psychoanalysis can deepen our understanding of such interactions. In turn, developmental neuroscience can inform the psychoanalysis field about how these interactions affect brain development. 

Key Publications

Amunts, L., Yashar, A., & Lamy, D. (2014). Inter-trial priming does not affect attentional priority in asymmetric visual search. Frontiers in psychology

Lamy D., Amunts L. and Bar-Haim Y. (2008). Emotional Priming-of- Popout in visual search. Emotion 8,151—161.