Prof. A. Bokde

Trinity College Dublin
Complex emotion, neurological basis of hatred, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)


Arun Bokde is Associate Professor in Neuroimaging in the Discipline of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at Trinity College Dublin. He leads the Cognitive Systems Group and is a principal investigator in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN). He has used different neuroimaging techniques to advance our understanding of emotions, mental health disorders and neurodevelopment. 

Arun Bokde is the coordinator of the consortium NETHATE funded by EU-H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The project he supervises is to investigate the neural underpinnings of hate. The project will involve the development of a database of stimuli containing a range of different emotions, among them hate, fear and positive emotions. The stimuli will be used to map which brain regions are activated when a person perceives ‘hate’ in specific inter-personal situations. 

Before coming to Trinity College Dublin he was a Research Scientist at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and previously he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute on Aging and at the National Institute of Mental Health, both at the National Institutes of Health (USA). His first post-doctoral position was at Northwestern University (USA). He obtained his PhD degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely on the risk factors that lead to the development of mental health disorders.