Central German Mental Health Center

Basic cognitive-emotional processes and their neural correlates connect the subjective, phenomenological experience with biological levels, and this interaction is decisive for the functionality versus dysfunctionality of human development and adaptation. Understanding these processes in the healthy brain opens a door to linking these mechanisms to mental disorders (e.g. impaired action-perception coupling in patients with autism) and pave the way for novel diagnostic approaches and interventions.

The CRC can contribute specifically to the DZP with a world-leading platform for experimental investigation to delineate relevant cognitive-emotional processes:

  • We have internationally renowned experience in experimental psychology methods and theories, that are absolutely essential for a thorough, yet targeted phenotyping, understanding of cardinal processes, and preparing improved classification and treatments.

  • Our expertise lies particularly in uncovering the fundamental mechanisms of perception, attention, action, cognition and emotion (incl. social cognition and emotion regulation, attention, memory, sensorimotor processes) from early child- to late adulthood. We are one of few groups investigating these systems not only as isolated processes, but also as a whole (e.g. DFG CRC 135; IRTG 1901; DFG IRTG 1901).

  • Prediction/expectation is one of the common mechanisms that is fundamental for all these settings and paradigms. This mechanism is also central for targeting processes of psychological interventions, and for a better understanding of placebo processes (DFG RTG 2271).