Brain Research and Psychotherapy
Prof. Dr. Herta Flor, Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit Mannheim
on April 13, 2015
Recent years have shown that the diagnostic categories we use for mental disorders say little about the mechanisms underlying these disorders. Therefore, psychobiological mechanisms have been suggested for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Brain research can make an important contribution here because it can uncover motives that cannot be directly mapped in behaviour and experience. Brain research has also inspired new psychotherapeutic methods such as neurofeedback or the combination of psychotherapy with neuroenhancers, and brain research can also show what changes psychotherapy causes in the brain.