Understanding human behaviour under threat. Run away, sidestep, duck-and-cover, watch – in his project, Dominik Bach seeks to understand by which psychological and neural mechanisms humans navigate threatening situations and choreograph a wide range of possible actions. With the aid of virtual reality techniques giving study volunteers a sense of danger, the researchers will track their movements and record neural responses using magnetoencephalography. This should provide further insights into psychiatric conditions such as phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder, but also help professionals to train for hazardous environments.
Dominik R Bach, PhD, MD
University of Zurich