Brain, Behavior & Health
Individual health has many sources and thus various disciplines make essential contributions to its understanding. Cognitive-affective neural functioning provides the basis for human contact with the environment and uncovers the neural sources and guiding computational principles of our representations of the outer world. Fundamental psychological domains such as cognition, language, sensory perception, consciousness have generated complementary (but also competing) views on how representations of our inner and outer environment influence important end states such as mental and physical health and individual and collective wellbeing. Central end states studied within this DSP include emotions, mental disorders, eating, physical activity, social cognition, and occupational communication, all of which are influenced by – and in turn impact on – such basic cognitive-affective processes.
The present DSP unites research methodologies that range from more fundamental cognitive and physiological domains to overt behaviours such as health related, social and occupational behaviours. Consequentially, PhD projects range from fundamental to more applied themes. Centring on all major disciplines of psychology, but extending beyond it with regard to neuropsychiatric health, exercise science, neurolinguistics, and occupational health this DSP holds the potential of widening the fellows’ views beyond their areas of expertise and therefore provides a solid basis for interdisciplinary cooperation and post-graduate teaching.
The DSP Brain, Behavior & Health (DSP-BBH) follows on from the DSP Cognitive Neuroscience (DSP-CNS 2017-2021) and DSP Bestehen in modernen Arbeitswelten (BimA): Leben und Arbeiten 4.0 an.