Division of Mind and Brain Research
We explore the neural basis of thinking, acting and feeling with the methods of cognitive neuroscience, particularly with functional imaging. Based on these studies, we investigate the mechanisms of mental disorders in selected patient groups with the aim of understanding the causes and consequences of such diseases better and improving the long term diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as developing new. In neurophilosophy and neuroethics we review the impact of current neuroscientific and psychiatric findings for the understanding of man and its social impact, opportunities and risks.
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Our thematic research focus is on imaging genetics, emotions, volition and executive functions, social cognition, as well as neurophilosophy and neuroethics. Clinical focus is on schizophrenia and affective psychoses, bases of addiction disorders and neuropsychotherapy.
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