Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions in Neuroscience and Philosophy

Dipl.-Psych. Judith Daniels, Ph.D.

Since November 2010 I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Mind and Brain Research. I head a study on Depersonalization Disorder (within the scope of the "animal emotionale II" project funded by VW-Stiftung) as well as a work unit investigating Complex PTSD.
Ever since finishing my diploma in psychology, I have been investigating different sequelae of traumatic life events. During my PhD (2004-2006), which I completed in the lab of Hans Markowitsch at the University of Bielefeld, I developed a screening instrument for secondary traumatization and underwent training in trauma therapy.  During my postdoctoral training (2007-2009) at the University Medical Center Eppendorf (Hamburg), I focused on emotion regulation in PTSD and studied functional neuroimaging methods. Subsequently, I joined the lab of Ruth Lanius at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2010). There I conducted neuroimaging research on acute and chronic trauma disorders as well as their impact on the resting-state.

My main interest lies in the following areas of research:
    * Altered experiencing of self and others during chronic depersonalization and acute dissociation
    * Bottom-up processes as the basis of pathological emotion regulation
    * Variability in complex trauma sequelae such as complex PTSD
    * Interdependencies between alteration of the resting-state and the functional processing of emotions and self
    * Switching between resting-state and task-induced activations

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