Alexandra Pike

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Alex is a postdoctoral researcher at University College London, working with Professor Oliver Robinson in the Neuroscience and Mental Health group. She previously completed a DPhil in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, focusing on eating disorders and compulsivity, and has an MSc in Neuroscience and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy. She is interested in exploring cognition (such as learning and decision-making) and how it may differ in those who experience mental illness. Her interests include eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, computational psychiatry, intolerance of uncertainty, compulsivity, catastrophising, and cognitive neuroscience.

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Deep brain stimulation for severe depression: could ‘brain pacemakers’ be the answer for some?

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Alexandra Pike, Alexis An Yee Low and Jonathan Roiser critically appraise a recent n-of-1 study on ‘brain pacemakers for depression’, which received extensive press coverage earlier this month. The case study looks at deep brain stimulation (closed-loop neuromodulation) in an individual with treatment-resistant depression.

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