Joanna Mete

Cognitive control mechanisms in anxiety

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Joanna Mete

PhD Student
School of Psychology


I have completed undergraduate degrees in Educational Science and Psychology, and a masters' degree in Cognitive Psychology. I am currently a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology conducting my doctoral research in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN) lab. My research focuses on the relationship between cognitive control and anxiety, aiming to understand potential underlying mechanisms of attentional (and more broadly cognitive) processing in the anxious mind. I am also interested in the implications of attentional and cognitive processing in areas such as emotion regulation, coping, and psychological well-being.

B.A. in Educational Science
B.A. in Psychology
M.A. in Cognitive Psychology

Panayiotou, G., Karekla, M., & Mete, I. (2014). Dispositional Coping in Individuals with Anxiety Disorder Symptomatology: Avoidance Predicts Distress. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3, (4), 314-321.

PhD topic

Cognitive control mechanisms in anxiety.


School of Psychology

Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology


Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab (CAN LAB) - Directed by A/Prof Gina Grimshaw

In our lab, we study the thought processes and the brain mechanisms that allow us to think, feel, and act. We pursue two lines of research that often intersect. The first concerns how we perceive, interpret, and respond to emotional signals in our environment, and the second concerns how we create meaning when we encounter novel situations.