Systems Neuroscience

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Tilo Kircher  

Systems neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field of research that encompasses molecular and cognitive neuroscience. Its goal is to further our understanding of the relationship between cognitive phenomena and the physical matter of the brain. Using a combination of genetics, behavioral testing, advanced brain imaging, and theoretical modeling, our cognitive neuroscience research endeavors seek to elucidate how high-level functions, such as psychopathological phenomena, language, social and cultural behaviour, expectations and motivational states influence relate to specific neural networks in the brain. We focus on the vast space that exists between molecular and cellular approaches to the brain and the study of high-level mental functions. The ability to synthesize cross-disciplinary areas of investigation in fields such as cognitive neuroscience is a direct result of the unique research environment at the University of Marburg.

Focus of research:
  • Major Psychoses: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Communication, language
  • Action and Perception
  • Social Neuroscience
  • Genetic and environmental Neuro-Imaging: Influence of genes and environment on social cognition, emotion, behaviour and brain structure
  • Neurobiology of Psychotherapy



Research Group:
Belkis Ezgi Arikan (Psychologist)
Henrike Bröhl (Psychologist)
Jennifer Engelen (Neuroscientist)
Dr. med. Johannes Krautheim, (Physician)
Mareike Pazen (Psychologist)
Dr. rer. nat. Eva Poll (Psychologist)
Torsten Sauder (Psychologist)
Simon Schmitt (Psychologist)
Dr. rer. nat. Bianca van Kemenade (Neuroscientist)

Selected current projects:
FOR-2107: http://www.FOR2107.de
IRTG-1901: http://www.irtg-brainact.de
SFB/TRR-135: http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/sfb

Click here for Medline list of publications!