Neurobiology and Genetics of Behaviour
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Axel Krug
The main focus of our research group is the study of environmental and genetic factors contributing to the risk of mental disorders, mainly schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. As several risk factors seem to have an influence on all three disorders - thus in part questioning the established strict diagnostic boundaries- the commonalities as well as specificities of these complex environment- and genotype-phenotype associations are studied. Phenotypes investigated include cognition and emotion and underlying neural networks and brain structure. The tools that are used to study these associations include structural and functional MRI, neuropsychological testing as well as personality questionnaires.
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