Research institutes

Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology

Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology (NP&PP) is one of the research departments of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. We perform fundamental and applied behavioural and cognitive neuroscience research on the brain-cognition relationship adopting a lifespan perspective, and assess biological mechanisms that underlie cognitive, affective, and behavioural functions by means of controlled pharmacological interventions.

Research

Neuropsychology investigates the influence of biological, physiological, cognitive, affective, and psychosocial parameters on healthy development and aging as well as on congenital and acquired brain damage. We focus on cognitive functions and dysfunctions and their behavioural and emotional consequences, emphasising neuropsychological conditions relevant in healthy and pathological development across the lifespan. NP is headed by Sonja Kotz.

The Psychopharmacology unit is mainly focused on the neurochemical basis of various behavioural functions such as memory, attention, psychomotor performance, mood, and addiction. The unit is world leader in on the road testing of medicinal and illicit drugs. PP is headed by Wim Riedel.

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Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology