Miss Sophie Betka

Neuropsychologist / PhD student

Research Area

I am currently a postgraduate student at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School studying for a PhD in Neuroscience. My research interests are predominantly in Psychiatry, Addictology and Affective Neuroscience. My current research is exploring emotional regulation in heavy and binge drinking. I am currently using neuroimaging techniques (structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, as well as, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy), physiological measures (blood pressure, pulse oximetry) and pharmacological manipulations (Intranasal oxytocin).


Sophie Betka is a qualified Neuropsychologist, graduated from France. She, first, did a bachelor of Psychology with a focus on psychanalytic obedience and quickly realised her interest for Affective Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Addictology. She, then, specialized in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience by doing a Research Master in Lille and Grenoble. In the meantime, Sophie carried out a research project exploring the emotional decoding in Alcoholism using electroencephalography (EEG). She also had several positions as a trainee or qualified Neuropsychologist in geriatric wards, addiction centres and psychiatric units. Passionate by research in Addictions, Sophie is now undertaking a PhD at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School under the supervision of the Professor Hugo Critchley. Her project focuses on the relationship between Alexithymia and Interoception, as well as on the impact of Oxytocin, in Heavy and Binge Drinking. To answer her hypotheses, Sophie is using innovative imaging technics such as multiband fMRI and Spectroscopy.