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Social and Affective Neurosciences

One of the least expected findings from systems neuroscience is the "default mode Network". This macroscopical brain network has the highest metabolic consumption and the perhaps highest neuronal baseline activity. Functional processing in this network is associated with diverse human-defining psychological processes: complex social cognition, such as perspective-taking, language and moral judgment, as well as the imagination of events and places in future and past. At the same time, the default-mode network has been linked to a range of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, autism and depression. Despite its anthropological significance, the (patho-)physiological function of this network remains essentially unknown.

The research group is dedicated to this interdisciplinary challenge in a domain-agnostic (across high- and low-level cognitive processes) in big datasets (such as BrainMap and HCP) using bioinformatic methods (high-dimensional statistics/machine-learning, coordinate-based meta-analysis, connectivity-based parcellation).

The research group works closely with researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich within the JARA-BRAIN research alliance.

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Publications: Prof. Dr. med. Danilo Bzdok

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