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RG Experimental Psychology


Head of the Research Group

apl. Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lis

Phone: +49 621 1703-4424


Main Medical Building, Basement, room 1.120


The research group started at the beginning of 2012. It aims at characterizing alterations of cognitive and social-cognitive processes in mental disorders on a computational (‘what’ and ‘why’), algorithmic (‘how’) and implementational (‘where’ within a physical system) level as well as at translating the resulting knowledge into the development of therapeutical interventions.

To achieve this aim, approaches from experimental cognitive psychology are adapted for use in clinical research. The precise assessment of cognitive and social-cognitive sub-processes is regarded as prerequisite for the identification and explanations of dysfunctions in cognitive processing and behavior linked to specific mental disorders and thereby for the differentiation of mental disorders and for the development of disorder-specific intervention strategies.

The research group has focused until now on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). So far, we have established a set of experimental paradigms suitable for the assessment of social cognitive processes in the context of social interactions using different methodological approaches such as questionnaires, interviews, behavioral, psychophysiological and brain imaging methods and the according data-analytical techniques. Within this context, we have developed a virtual environment approach to study social interaction in mental disorders.

Beyond that, the RG provides counseling in regard to design, setup and analysis of experimental studies within the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy.

The RG is closely linked to the KFO 256 (see there) and the SFB 636 (see there).

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