Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions in Neuroscience and Philosophy

Dr. med. Susanne Erk



After studying medicine at the Universities of Cologne (D) and Bern (CH), I received my MD in which I investigated the role of emotion in historical concepts of psychopathy at the Medical University of Hannover in 1998. From 1999 to 2005 I worked at the Department of Psychiatry III at the University of Ulm, where I started to research emotion using functional neuroimaging methods. Since 2005 I work as a senior researcher in the Neuroimaging and Neurophysiology Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Frankfurt. In June 2006 I will move as assistant professor to the Department of Medical Psychology at the University of Bonn, continuing my research on the neuroscience of emotion and motivation, specifically the influence of emotional and motivational context on memory processes as well as the mechanisms of the cognitive control of emotion. Methodologically, I am working on high-level functional imaging analysis, including effective connectivity methods like Granger Causality and Dynamic Causal Modelling. Besides my scientific work I am interested in music and literature and love playing piano and cello.


Since January 2010, Henrik Walter is working at the Charité Berlin.



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