Our research pursues three goals. First, we aim to understand the neural basis of cognitive functions, with a focus on face processing, emotion processing and hemispheric lateralization. Second, we develop methods to improve the quality of MRI data acquisition, to integrate different imaging modalities, to investigate the reliability of imaging results and to advance data analysis techniques. Third, we work – in cooperation with various clinical research groups – on the development of novel imaging biomarkers, for instance to support the diagnosis and individualized treatment of mental disorders. Our publications are therefore categorized under the following headings:

“[…] But apart from all this there is one other advantage that a horse and a boxer have over a great mind, and that is that their achievement and importance can be indisputably assessed and that the best among them is really acknowledged as the best. In this way sport and functionalism have deservedly come into their own, displacing the out-of-date conceptions of genius and human greatness.”

The Man without Qualities by Robert Musil

“The Man without Qualities” is the main work of Robert Musil. It is considered by many as one of the most important novels of the 20th century. In today’s scientific community, however, it is mainly known for Musil’s unbelievable ignorance of author-level metrics. It is nowadays simply not understandable why a scientist should not be evaluated like a racehorse, e.g. by counting his publications and adding up impact factors. There is now consensus that the most valid way to assess the quality of a colleague’s scientific ideas is not to think through his arguments, but to politely ask for his Hirsch-index.