Eva Halbe

Research Project Title:  The impact of somatic markers on the decision-making behavior in ADHD and Depression.

Research Project Summary:
Patients suffering from ADHD and depression are often impaired in their decision-making ability. Despite the high prevalence of co-occurrence of both disorders, the alternations in decision-making behavior diverge strongly and may be associated with possible defective formation of somatic markers. This project will investigate the basis of decision-making behavior and proof deficient cognition by using functional imaging, in order to verify transcranial magnetic stimulation as an alternative treatment method.

Student Profile:
I completed my bachelor thesis at the University of Bonn in the field of comparative neurobiology. To deepen my knowledge in human’s behavior, neurological diseases and imaging techniques, I decided to enroll in the master’s program ‘experimental and clinical neuroscience’ at the University of Cologne and achieved my master thesis in cooperation with the institute of aerospace medicine (German Aerospace Centre) in 2020. Due to my part-time job in the neuropsychology department of the University Hospital in Cologne and my study courses, I have developed a keen interest in the clinical orientated work and the research of mental disorders.

I see my joint PhD project as an opportunity to gain new insights into the neural basis of behavior, particularly with regard to the connections between cognitive and emotional deficits. In addition, I will have the chance to be involved in the development of new treatment methods that can be used as an alternative clinical intervention.

Project Duration: 3 – 4 years

Supervisors:
University of Bonn: Prof Alexandra Philipsen, Prof Silke Lux

University of Melbourne: Prof Ben Harrison, Prof Chris Davey