Research

Current main research

  • Training to regulate the amygdala by means of real-time fMRI neurofeedback
  • Neural mechanisms of emotion and emotion regulation in healthy subjects and in patients with affective disorders (depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder)
  • The influence of cognitive control and psychotherapy on emotion regulation in affective disorders
  • Neural correlates of mindful emotion regulation in healthy subjects and patients with affective disorders
  • Pharmacological modulation of neural circuits involved in emotion processing and regulation
  • Neural correlates of self-related functions

Methods

  • real-time fMRI neurofeedback
  • Functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging
  • Combination of pharmacological interventions and fMRI (pharmaco-fMRI)
  • Psychophysiological measurements

Collaborations

  • Prof. Dr. L. Jäncke, Division Neuropsychology, Institute of Psychology, Universität Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. M. Grosse-Holtforth, Division Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Universität Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. M. Rufer, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. K. Cattapan, Private Psychiatric Clinic Kilchberg / University of Berne
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist, Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich
  • James Sulzer, PhD, Rehabilitation Engineering Lab, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich