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Cognitive Neuropsychiatric Research Laboratory

Research group leader: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gregor R. Szycik

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Cognitive neuropsychiatry presents a modern discipline within psychiatric and psychological research that focuses on the interface between cognition and psychopathology. Within this discipline the neurobiological basis of psychopathological phenomena as well as neurotypical processes are investigated. One important tool for the examination of neuropsychological mechanisms is psychophysical measures. Psychophysical measures belong to the eldest research tools within psychological research and comprise methods like the measurement of reaction times or error rates. Thereby it is possible to draw conclusions about the interaction between subjective experience and physical phenomena and to display cognitive processes.

Another psychophysical method is the measurement of electrical brain activity via electroencephalography. The high temporal resolution of this technique enables the investigation of event-related changes within milliseconds. Neuroimaging techniques, by contrast, allow for the examination of structural processes by high spatial resolution. The main method of neuroimaging is magnetic resonance imaging. Functional neuroimaging presents a combination of high temporal and spatial resolution and can be measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Overarching goals

Our research group focuses on:

  • Examination of neural correlates of psychiatric symptoms
  • Understanding of multisensory phenomena 
  • Examination of the interface between neurotypical experiences and psychopathological processes
  • Implementation of an aftercare return to work project in psychiatric institute clinics

Scientific collaborations

  • International Neuroscience Institute Hannover, Neurologie (Prof. Mohammadi)
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Biologische Psychologie (Prof. Noesselt)
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Psychiatrie (PD Walter)
  • Universität Lübeck, Neurologie ( Prof. Münte, Dr. Wiswede)
  • Alexianer St. Joseph Klinikum Berlin-Weißensee
  • Asklepios-Klinikum Harburg
  • Burghof-Klinik Rinteln
  • Klinik Wittgenstein
  • Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin Berlin
  • Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


  • The cognitive neuropsychiatric research laboratory is provided with modern computer equipment and software (e.g. BrainVision Analyzer, BESA Research, E-Prime) allowing for psychophysical experiments on psychiatric populations and healthy control subjects in a comfortable environment. Multimodal stimulation is possible in our laboratory.
  • Additionally, we are equipped with an electroencephalograph (EEG). This technique allows for the assessment of electrical potentials at 32 different scalp sites. By means of an active electrodes system, the device is able to autonomously adapt to different measurement situations, thereby shortening the duration of the experiments.
  • In our laboratory, we also have a device for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This technique is commonly used in brain research and in the medical treatment of psychiatric disorders. By our scientific collaboration, we also have the opportunity to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (3 and 7 tesla).  

Research group members

Research group leader

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gregor R. Szycik

Head of the training institutes AVVM und IPAW 

Telefon:  +49 511 532 7365

Telefax: +49 511 532 7375


Excellence at a glance:

  • MRI,
  • EEG,
  • Speech perception,
  • Multisensory integration

Publications: Pubmed