Cognitive neuropsychiatry is a relatively new field of research in psychology and psychiatry. It deals with the causes of psychiatric symptoms and psychopathological phenomena, especially with their neural basis. Cognitive neuropsychiatry also deals with normal psychological processes and their changes in psychiatric diseases.
The cognitive neuropsychiatry research group in Tübingen is concerned with basic research on emotions (such as the feeling of exhilaration), personality traits (such as the "sense of humour") and psychiatric symptoms (such as formal thought disorders).The current focus is on studies of "functional neuroanatomy", i.e., which brain regions are particularly significant for certain psychopathological symptoms or personality traits. Our main method is functional magnetic resonance imaging. In addition, we conduct behavioral experiments on healthy individuals and patients and work together with other disciplines (neuroradiology, personality psychology, linguistics) on an interdisciplinary basis.