Ultra high-field resting-state fMRI to investigate the Theory of Mind Network in Aggression.
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- Organisation unit:
- Ukinlink RWTH Aachen, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
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Measure 2: Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA)
This Project is part of the IRTG2150 "The Neuroscience of Modulating Aggression and Impulsivity in Psychopathology". Students can take part in the IRTG Curriculum during their visit. The aim of the study is to test whether the resting-state functional connectivity of the Theory of Mind Network (a set of brain regions involved in social understanding) can predict aggression in patients versus healthy volunteers. We´ll collect both resting-state data and task-based fMRI data in Jülich, using a 7T MRI scanner. The task participants will perform inside the scanner is an aggression paradigm. They will also perform a moral paradigm outside of the scanner to collect behavioral measures of morality. We will test the hypothesis that aggression is higher in patients versus healthy participants and that it can be predicted by deficits in the functional connectivity of the Theory of Mind network and be related to reduced morality.
Students can perform statistical analysis on behavioral as well as demographics data. If interested, they can also be taught how to perform fMRI data pre-processing.
Previous experience with SPSS is preferred but not mandatory. Students should be interested in or curious about Theory of Mind, aggression and fMRI.