Research projects - Empathy and interpersonal processes

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  • Biological correlates of empathy in psychotic disorders - correlates of social cognition in patients with psychoses and healthy controls; longitudinal study of functional and structural correlates of social cognition in the course of modified psychodynamic psychotherapy vs. standard treatment (MPP-S-study) in patients with non-affective psychoses  (fMRT; cooperation with Dr. Torsten Wüstenberg)
  • Parameters of psychotherapeutic process vs. outcome (MPP-S-study): role of specific interventions, use of metaphor and no-literal speech, therapist adherence.
  • Genetic polymorphisms of oxytocin/OXTR and empathic response in psychotic patients and healthy controls
  • Endogenous oxytocin and psychotic disorders
  • Cognitive and emotional empathy, emotional experience in patients with non-affective psychoses and patients at UHR (cooperation with Prof. Jürgen Gallinat) 
  • Neurophysiologal basis of empathy and its cognitive regulation (EEG; cooperation with Dr. Johannes Rentzsch)
  • Subjective experience and prevention of coercive measures in psychiatry
  • Evaluation of a 'model project of psychiatric care' (Modellprojektes gem. §64b SGB V) to implement flexible hometreatment for patients with severe mental disorders
  • Spirituality and religiosity in psychotic patients (Lasse Brandt, in cooperation with Vivantes-clinics Neukölln and Spandau)
  •  "Insight": recognition of psychopathological symptoms in others, insight and social cognition in patients with non-affective psychoses, psychiatric professionals and healthy individuals (cooperation with Dr. Martin Voss)
  • Scientific evaluation of the "Weddinger Modell" (cooperation with Dr. Lieselotte Mahler)