The present Research Training Group (RTG) aims at identifying important mediators and moderators influencing the processing of affective stimuli. The cooperation of renowned research groups from philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, anatomy, and physiology will allow the RTG’s doctoral students to develop excellent and internationally visible interdisciplinary research projects within the Affective Sciences. Based on the realized interdisciplinary approach and the expertise of the RTG researchers the projects of the RTG will converge on three levels, each addressed by human, clinical and animal research: (1) self-regulation, self-control and dynamic of emotional processes, (2) emotional determinants of normal and pathological behavior, and (3) neurobiological basis of emotional reactions (especially serotonergic and dopaminergic systems). A special interest hereby is to identify interactions between these 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.
An intense and interdisciplinary supervision of the doctoral students is ensured by doctoral committees with three 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 with regularly success control 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. Graduation will be realized within the Graduate School of Life Sciences, which also allows a fast-track dissertation.