BA Psychology (German: Dipl.-Psych.)
M.Sc. Experimental Psychology
Ph.D. Applied Experimental Psychology
German - native
English - fluent
I am interested in the behavioural and neurobiological correlates of emotion, cognition and their interaction, especially in relation to psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. These disorders are associated with altered affective and cognitive functioning, but these (dys-)functions are not yet fully understood. In my work, I primarily use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain activity in patients and healthy volunteers during active task performance.
In previous research, I studied the role of spatial reference systems in spatial memory, spatial navigation and motion perception in virtual environments.
I have also been involved in various research projects that investigated olfactory function. Here smells were used in their primary sensory role, and as inherently 'emotional' stimuli.
I am currently involved in a clinical research trial that investigates the influence of an antiglucocorticoid augmentation therapy on treatment resistant depression - the ADD-Study: www.theaddstudy.co.uk.