Pharmaco-Neuroimaging and Cognitive-Emotional Processing (PD Dr. K. Preller)

Our group seeks to increase the knowledge about the neurobiology and pharmacology of cognitive and emotional processes in health and psychiatric/neurological illnesses in order to inform the rational development of novel treatment approaches. We conduct interventional pharmacological studies, involving a wide range of substances including psychedelics. We develop and test novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment approaches and study their interaction. Furthermore, we are interested in characterizing the biological underpinnings of altered states of consciousness enabling us to better understand the neural circuits involved in healthy brain function as well as mental illnesses.