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.
Close cooperation with the research group “Systems Neuroscience”, “Affective Disorders”, “Brain Imaging” as well as local and national research groups have been established in order to approach this multi-disciplinary research framework.

Focus of research:

  • Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression
  • Influence of environmental and genetic factors on cognition, emotion, behaviour
  • Structural and functional MRI
  • Prediction of therapeutic outcome
  • Implicit cognition

Research Group:
Dr. Bruno Dietsche (Psychologist)
Rebecca Zöllner (M.Sc. Psychology)
Dilara Yüksel (M.Sc. Psychology)

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