Sections and working groups
Affective Neuropsychiatry (Wildgruber)
The Affective Neuropsychiatry Group investigates the neurobiological basis of emotional processes in healthy subjects and in patients with disturbed emotion processing (e.g. depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder).
Affective disorders (Batra)
The working group PAS - Psychotherapy Research in Affective Disorders investigates the effectiveness and efficacy factors of psychotherapy in depressive and anxiety disorders. Currently, the effectiveness and efficacy factors of hypnotherapy are being investigated in particular.
Applied Neurotechnology (Soekadar)
The Applied Neurotechnology Group is an interface between the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and the MEG Center.
Anxiety Research (Kreifelts)
The Anxiety Research Group is concerned with all types of anxiety, both in the clinical and in the normal psychological field. The underlying neurobiological processes are primarily investigated using neuroscientific methods.
The research projects of the Dementia Research Group focus on the examination of patients with mild cognitive disorders and dementia using neuropsychological and imaging methods (cooperation with the Section for Experimental Magnetic Resonance of the CNS, Department of Neuroradiology of the Department of Radiology, University Hospital Tübingen). Test procedures were developed and evaluated, and their basic principles and neuronal correlates were investigated. These projects will be continued and deepened.
Innovative brain functional methods (Derntl)
Our research group focuses on affective responses in behavior and brain with particular reference to gender, mental health and illness, and in relation to hormonal balance.
Cognitive Neuropsychiatry (Rapp).
The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Group is concerned with the neural correlates of psychopathological symptoms. Using methods of modern functional and structural imaging, we also deal with the correlates of language, humor, ego-consciousness and memory in healthy individuals.
Molecular Psychiatry (Nieratschker)
The Molecular Psychiatry Group investigates the genetic and epigenetic basis of psychiatric diseases. Psychiatric disorders are complex diseases to which various genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors contribute. By investigating the biological basis of these diseases, we aim to better understand the development and course of mental illnesses and thus contribute to the development of more efficient therapy and prevention.
MR imaging (Ethofer)
Neurobiology of Cognition (Lindner)
The research group "Neurobiology of Cognition" (short "NoCo-Lab" = "Neurobiology of Cognition" Laboratory) investigates the neurobiological basis of cognitive performance and its alteration by aging and by psychiatric and neurological diseases.
Neurophysiology & Interventional Neuropsychiatry (Plewnia)
The Neurophysiology & Interventional Neuropsychiatry group is concerned with procedures for electromagnetic stimulation of the human brain such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). These methods are becoming increasingly important in psychiatric research and clinical practice.
Neuroplasticity and Learning (Karim)
The Neuroplasticity and Learning group investigates how learning processes lead to neuroplastic changes in the brain and how these learning processes can be improved in psychiatric and neurological disorders by non-invasive brain stimulation methods.
Neurotechnology and Computational Psychiatry (Kaufmann)
In the NeurotechnologyandComputationalPsychiatry group, high-dimensional data sets from brain imaging, genetics, and symptomatology are analyzed.
Neuroscience of motivation, action, and desire (Kroemer).
The research group investigates the response of mental illnesses to psychopharmacological drugs and psychotherapy. The aim is to better understand the improvement of mental illnesses and to be able to select the optimal therapeutic approaches even more precisely in the future. This is the approach of precision medicine.
Psychophysiology & Optical Imaging (Ehlis)
The Psychophysiology & Optical Imaging group focuses on the measurement of brain function and peripheral physiological variables (e.g. skin conductance) in psychiatric patients (e.g. schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, dementia) and healthy controls.
Psychotherapy Research (Klingberg)
The Psychotherapy Research Group is concerned with the efficacy and mode of action of psychotherapy for severe mental disorders, particularly psychosis.
Social neuroscience (Pavlova)
The Social Neuroscience group studies basic behavioral mechanisms and neural correlates of social cognition (our ability to understand the intentions and emotions of others).
Teaching development and medical education research (Reichel / Pelzl)
We are engaged in the new and further development of teaching and learning materials. The focus is on analyzing the state of training and improving psychiatric teaching through quality assurance in terms of content and methodology.
Translational Psychiatry (Walter)
Neurological characteristics of affective disorders, especially depression.
Our research centres
Center for Brain Stimulation (ZfH)
Treatment of depression with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Competence Center Psychotherapy
Improvement of psychotherapeutic health care, research and teaching.
Examines the relationship of mental health to brain structure and function, as well as underlying genetics.
Psychological test laboratory
The psychological test laboratory primarily uses neuropsychological examination procedures that can contribute to psychiatric diagnostics and treatment planning. The psychological-diagnostic examination is planned, assessed and evaluated by qualified psychologists.
The research group Neurochemical Biomarkers is concerned with the development of accurate and reliable bioassays that allow the determination of relevant proteins from peripheral blood. First results indicate the possibility to establish effective biomarkers from serum or plasma for the early and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's dementia in the next years.
The Molecular Psychiatry group investigates the genetic and epigenetic basis of psychiatric diseases. Psychiatric disorders are complex diseases to which various genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors contribute.