The department of experimental developmental psychopatholgy, under the direction of the clinic director Prof. Dr. Veit Rößner, is examining diverse psychopathological disturbances, i.e. Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Besides behavioral and neurophysiological, also biological parameters from affected and non-affected children and adolescents are examined and compared. Depending on the objective of the study different methods, for example electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer-based tests are employed.
The department of cognitive neurosciences under direction of Prof. Dr. Christian Beste examines action control -, attention - and multi-tasking processes. We examine how alterations of these capabilities contribute to psychopathologies of Tourette syndrome , OCDs, ADHD and ASD. Potential alterations in these cababilities are examined in age-matched affected and non-affected children with EEG and MRI techniques and computer-based tests. Furthermore neurofeedback training is offered, in order to improve attentional abilities and the ability to concentrate.
The department of applied developmental neurosciences under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stefan Ehrlich examines Anorexia Nervosa, Schizophrenia and ASD. In patients with eating disorders, we examine biological factors, which are involved in the emergence and maintenance of symptoms. Utilizing MRI and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), activity and connectivity of the brain during mental processes, as for example in emotions and rewards, are examined in healthy controls and patients. Furthermore the group is also involved in schizophrenia research. Here the data of a large-scale study is examined with the help of new analysis methods to find coherences between heritable risk factors and biomarkers of schizophrenia. Regarding ASD; we also research with fMRT techniques, how the combination of medicine and psychotherapy modulates thinking and behavior via neurobiological processes.