Aims and approaches



Our basic aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the disruptions in information processing that characterizes affective disorders. We integrate findings from clinical, cognitive and neurobiological research.


We aim to:

  • Improve our understanding of the working mechanisms of mood and anxiety disorders, integrating findings from clinical, cognitive, behavioral and neurobiological research
  • Identify individual differences in information processing styles
  • Investigate vulnerability and resilience factors for affective disorders in a life-span perspective
  • Develop neurocognitive interventions to increase stress resilience, based on new strategies of emotion regulation and on a combination of neurostimulation and cognitive training
  • Stimulate translational research to improve effectiveness of interventions



  • Affective modifications of experimental psychology paradigms
  • Eye-tracking
  • Neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, PET, SPECT)
  • Psychophysiological techniques (EEG, ERP)
  • Physiological indicators (heart rate variability, pupillometry, skin conductance)
  • Neurostimulation (rTMS, iTBS, tDCS)