Dr Sharon Morein-Zamir

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Brain & Cognition

Research Supervision:Yes

Sharon’s research aims to better characterize how individuals control their behaviour and mental processes, and to understand the mechanisms underlying lack of control and the implications of the resulting impairments.



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Sharon has examined the control of actions and attention in healthy individuals and in clinical groups characterised by control processes difficulties, such as individuals with increased compulsivity (e.g., with OCD or hoarding disorder) or impulsivity (e.g. in ADHD or stimulant drug users). She investigates behavioural mechanisms and neural correlates related to control and attention across numerous behavioural paradigms, effector systems, and taking a transdiagnostic approach across different patient groups. By integrating approaches from experimental psychology, psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience she aims to advance knowledge and understanding of mental health conditions.
Sharon is the deputy director of the ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour and the School Research Integrity Lead as well as a member of the School Research Ethics Panel. 

Research interests

Coping with uncertainty and certainty seeking behaviours and how these are influenced by state variables such as stress
Cognitive control and impulsivity in ADHD and stimulant users
Compulsive behaviour in OCD and Hoarding Disorder
Cognitive control and executive functioning – control of thoughts, attention and behaviour including response inhibition and cognitive flexibility


Areas of research supervision

Sharon welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of her research interests which include:
Coping with uncertainty
Investigating compulsive and impulsive behaviour
Emotion, motivation and executive functioning
Hoarding (physical and digital)


Sharon is the course leader for the MSc Research methods in Psychology and leads the MSc Quantitative Research Methods Module. 
Sharon teaches on the postgraduate modules Quantitative Research Methods, Issues in Scientific Research, Imaging and Diagnostics, Topics in Clinical Child Psychology and Current Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience. At undergraduate level, she teaches on the modules Becoming a Researcher and Research in Action.


  • MA and PhD Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • BA and MA Cognitive Psychology, University of Ben-Gurion, Israel

Memberships, editorial boards

Selected recent publications

Morein-Zamir S, Shapher S, Gasull-Camos J, Fineberg NA, Robbins TW. (2020) Avoid jumping to conclusions under uncertainty in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. PLoS One. 2020 e0225970. 

Morein-Zamir S, Shahper S, Fineberg NA, Eisele V, Eagle DM, Urcelay G, Robbins TW (2018) Free operant observing in humans: a translational approach to compulsive certainty seeking. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70, pp.2052-2069.

Morein-Zamir S, Voon V, Dodds CM, Sule A, van Niekerk J, Sahakian BJ, Robbins TW (2016) Differential functional abnormalities associated with stopping and shifting in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Psychological Medicine, 46, pp. 829-40.

Morein-Zamir S, Simon Jones P, Bullmore ET, Robbins TW, Ersche KD (2015) Take it or leave it: prefrontal control in recreational cocaine users. Translational Psychiatry 5:e582.


Media experience

Media spanning local, national and international outlets including radio (BBC Essex, 2018, 2019), printed and electronic media; appearing in articles in Wall Street Journal, The Guardian (UK), Times Higher Education, and The Globe and Mail (Canada).