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Research Focus: Experimental and Clinical Biopsychology – General Characterization

This research focus combines research activities from seven areas of work. You can visit the research sites of the individual work units by clicking on the corresponding links.

Associative Learning (Prof. Dr. Harald Lachnit) Elemental and configural stimulus processing, learning and thinking, rule learning, causal learning, concept formation, implicit and explicit memory
Clinical Biopsychology (TBD)
Experimental and Clinical Neuropsychology (Prof. Dr. Martin Peper) Relationship between the experiences and behaviors of humans and the underlying cerebral structures, functions and processes
Cognitive Psychophysiology (Prof. Dr. Anna Schubö) Visual attention, storage in the working memory, planning and execution of actions
Experimental Psychology (Prof. Dr. Alexander Schütz) Interaction of perception and action, learning through sensory perception and motor activity, individual differences in perception
Behavioral Neuroscience (Prof. Dr. Schwarting) Neurobiological foundations of learning, motivation and emotion in the rat and mouse animal models
Biopsychological Personality Research (Prof. Dr. Erik Mueller) Emotional and motivational processes as well as selected cognitive functional subsystems of the brain with regard to their central nervous and peripheral physiological effects
Biological Aspects of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. Winfried Rief) Psychobiological foundations of functional physical complaints (somatoform disorders) as well as how they change during treatment

The common objective is a deeper understanding of the biological correlates and foundations of normal and dysfunctional behavior. This research is being funded in several individual projects of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).

This research focus is receiving special funding as part of the Special Research Area (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 135 “Cardinal Mechanisms of Perception” and the International Research Training Group IRTG 1901 “The Brain in Action”.