Mood and Anxiety Research in Sussex (MARS)


New Anxiety Brain/Body Research

Professor Critchley is collaborating with Dr Cristina Ottaviani (University of Rome) on a research project called The Restless Mind

The main objective of the study is to investigate the consequences of thinking the same thought(s) over and over by determining how it affects our health, moods, and bodily responses. Using advanced magnetic resonance imaging technology (MRI), the study will provide a better understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain and other physiological responses (for example heart rate) when our mind wanders. Finding this out will help us to better understand whether mind wandering and thinking the same thoughts over and over have an impact on cardiovascular health. This knowledge may help clinicians to refine prescribing of medications and offer more individually focused therapies for anxiety disorder in the future.  The study will examine mind wandering in people who have an anxiety disorder and people without a diagnosed anxiety disorder.

If you would like to know more about the study, please contact:

Dr Frances Meeten via email ( or phone (01273 876838)

Principle Investigator: Professor Hugo Critchley: