Our overarching goal is to understand the neural basis of cognitive functions. We investigate in particular which networks underlie the perception of faces and emotions and how the two hemispheres of the brain interact with each other during these processes. These research questions are addressed by a variety of methods including behavioral experiments, multimodal imaging techniques (in particular magnetic resonance imaging, MRI) and computational modelling approaches.

Our group further develops methods to improve the quality of the MRI data acquisition, to integrate different imaging modalities, to investigate the reliability of imaging results and to advance data analysis techniques. We are closely cooperating with various clinical research groups, for instance in the development of novel imaging biomarkers to support the diagnosis and individualized treatment of mental disorders.

Hemispheric lateralization is a fundamental principle of the organization of the human brain. To understand the neural basis of cognitive functions, one has to understand its functional asymmetry.

The Laboratory of Multimodal Neuroimaging is supported by various research funding organization, among others the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Else Kröner-Fresenius Stiftung (EKFS), the von-Behring-Röntgen Stiftung and the LOEWE initiative Hessen. Our research is also funded by various intramural grants from the University of Marburg, the University Hospital of Gießen and Marburg (UGKM) and the Research Campus of Central Hessen. We are grateful for their continuous support.