Preethi Premkumar

Tuesday, May 5 2020 at 7:30PM

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Preethi Premkumar

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Schizotypy is a personality trait that denotes psychosis-like experiences in the public. It includes magical beliefs and paranormal experiences. It also includes social anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities) and social anxiety.

People with schizotypy have reduced cortisol secretion following social stress. In this talk, Preethi will share findings about this biological connection to social stress that suggests a relation of schizotypy to physiological arousal from social stress. Fresh evidence about the neural response to criticism and praise in schizotypy will further strengthen the social vulnerability model of psychosis.

Preethi Premkumar is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.
Her research interests are to study the risk factors for psychosis due to social anxiety and poor family communication using neuroimaging.