Topics & Projects


Hypertension, emotions, and stress 
We study mind-brain-body interactions at rest and when they are altered, for example with aging and related bodily changes (e.g., hypertension) or when experiencing emotions and stress.
Heart-brain interactions

To optimally adapt to constantly changing environments, our internal and external milieus are coupled: bodily signals (e.g., proprioceptive or interoceptive / viscerosensory) are continuously integrated with exteroceptive sensory input (e.g., visual or auditory).
The bidirectional communication between the heart and the brain constitutes a major body-brain axis. In collaboration with other groups in the department (Somatosensory, NID), we study brain-heart coupling and its link to mental phenomena, particularly emotions or stress.
Immersive virtual reality in neuroscience

We combine immersive virtual reality (using head-mounted displays) with subjective, behavioral, and physiological measures to study emotional and cognitive phenomena under more naturalistic (i.e., dynamic, interactive) conditions.
Immersive virtual reality in neurology

At the interface of neurology, psychology, and technology, we develop and evaluate applications for digital diagnostics and rehabilitation of cognitive or motor impairments. We focus on immersive technologies, most importantly virtual reality.


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