Psychology and Brain function

This research focus on studying the neurobiological basis of affective, cognitive and social functions using modern brain imaging techniques such as PET and fMRI. A special focus is on how healthy aging affects brain function associated with these different psychological processes. Additional behavioral experimental studies are also conducted to investigate how aging effects various aspects of affective information processing.

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The affective neuroscience research program is mainly focused on the neural underpinnings of emotional perception and memory processes. The cognitive neuroscience program has a focus on the dopaminergic basis of memory processes (working memory and episodic memory), whereas the social neuroscience program focus on different more social aspects of face perception (in-group versus out-group effects, sex-differences).

Psychology and Bodily functions

The general aim of this research program is to identify psychosocial, behavioral and biological factors linking psychosocial and socioeconomic conditions to well-being and health risks in men and women.

Biological psychology is an interdisciplinary research field aimed at understanding and explaining psychological functions from underlying biological processes. Examples of such processes are physiological activation of the nerve, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems, genetics and evolution. Biological psychology comprises subareas such as behavioral medicine, physiological psychology, neuropsychology and comparative psychology. The overarching notion is that mind and body, that is psychological and biological processes, are systematically related.