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Third-party-funded project

Processing of affective stimuli: from the molecular basis to the emotional experience

Project management at the University of Würzburg:

Participating scientists:


The present Graduiertenkolleg (GK) aims at identifying important mediators and moderators influencing the processing of affective stimuli. To reach this goal, nine research groups from philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, anatomy, and physiology will closely collaborate in order to develop excellent and internationally visible interdisciplinary research opportunities for doctoral students within the Affective Sciences. The projects of the GK converge on four levels, each addressed by human or animal research: the neurobiological and molecular basis for the processing of affective stimuli, the morphology and anatomy of the involved neural systems, normal and pathological emotional behavior on a cognitive, behavioral and physiological level, and modulating self-regulation processes and contexts. Special interests of the GK are to evaluate the role of the serotonin system and the amygdala in the processing of affective stimuli on several work levels and to identify interactions between levels. The philosophy project provides a theoretical framework for the empirical-experimental projects, and itself focuses on the epistemological, anthropological and ethical dimension of research on emotion.

The proposed GK will be integrated into the International Graduate School of the University of Würzburg and will follow its rules for the supervision of doctoral students. An interdisciplinary supervision is ensured by doctoral committees for each student with members from different research groups. The three year curriculum is organized to allow an intensive interdisciplinary training on theories and methods of the Affective Sciences and to provide research experiences in different laboratories. Independence of students and professional academic skills will be ensured by special workshops. The integration in international networks of scientists working in the Affective Sciences will be advanced by guest scientists, summer-schools with international scholars and the mandatory presentation of results at international meetings.

Key words:
    affective stimuli

Projekt period: from 01.2007 to 06.2011

Funding institution:
DFG ,Granting date: 17.07.2006