Our group studies how aging influences cognition and emotion using behavioral tools, peripheral physiology as well as structural, functional and pharmacological neuroimaging methodologies. We have a major current focus being the differentiation between successful and non-successful aging with respect to emotional health. The latter seems to be maintained by compensatory and adaptive mechanisms in response to age-related life and brain changes. We want to know how the brain contributes to this adaptation and whether/why this adaptation is lacking in non-successful aging like late-life depression. In our current studies, we investigate how emotional resilience in aging but also in younger age is modulated by cognitive and emotional regulation strategies, lifestyle behavior (i.e. weight management) and – as part of the newly established CRC 289 - treatment expectations.
Arasch Mostauli Dr. med.
Based on the findings in our previous project, where we identified the role of central insulin in hedonic food valuation under normal and pathological conditions, I aim to investigate the role of central insulin sensitivity and prefrontal self-control for long-term weight management with special emphasis on older adults. To that end we employ a multimodal approach, where functional brain imaging techniques are combined with behavioural measures and medical assessments.
Friederike Thams Dr.rer. nat., M.Sc. Psych.
In my research I examine emotional processing and emotion regulation mechanisms in young, middle-aged and older adults using the combination of experimental paradigms, neuropsychological assessments and high-resolution brain imaging techniques. Based on a large cohort dataset from the population-based Hamburg City Health Study (HCHS), I investigate determinants of successful adaptation in emotion regulation from middle to late adulthood. Moreover, as part of the SFB-TRR 289 - Treatment expectations, I am engaged in research on the behavioral and neural effects of positive expectations on emotional processing.
Jonas Rauh Dr. med.
Within the SFB-TRR 289 I investigate in what way positive expectations influence emotional processing, focussing on the behaviour of patients with a late life depression (LLD). For this purpose, we combine behavioural paradigms and physical measures with high-resolution imaging techniques. As study physician I am further responsible for medical and psychiatric screening and obtaining informed consent of the participants.
Eun Jin Shim
Katrin Giesen, MD Physician
Judith Hettel, M.Sc. Psychology PhD student
Laura Katharina Sasse, Postdoc
Sophia Schneider, Postdoc
Paul Francke, cand. Med. MD student
Lena Tiedemann, M.Sc. Neuroscience PhD student
Riccardo Mattia Galli, M. Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology PhD student
Vivien Breckwoldt, PhD Student
Joshua Baker, Postdoc