CoRPS Center of Excellence

Research of the Department Medical and Clinical Psychology is embedded in CoRPS.

Biological psychology

The Biological psychology interest group studies the biological and physiological aspects of emotions, behavior and mental disorders. Laboratory and field research projects, in patients as well as health study participants, examine the effects of emotions and psychological factors such as depression and personality on human biology and physiology in the context of somatic disease.

There are three major research lines, including (i) Psychoneuroimmunology, emotions & psychological states and traits, (ii) psychophysiology of emotional arousal and mindfulness and (iii) psychophysiological methodology. They use measures of autonomic regulation and respiration, as assessed by electrocardiography, impedance cardiography and skin conductance, as well as measures of immune and hormonal activity in both laboratory and ambulatory settings.