Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions in Neuroscience and Philosophy

Henrik Walter, M.D., Ph.D.



I studied Medicine, Philosophy and Psychology in Marburg, Giessen and Boston. In my M.D. thesis at the University of Giessen (1991) I investigated the pathophysiological and biochemical mechanisms of the adult respiratory distress syndrome. Subsequently, I was educated as a neurologist in Düsseldorf and as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Krefeld, Hannover and Ulm. In the meanwhile (1992-1994) I worked as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Technical University of Braunschweig and wrote a philosophical dissertation on the Neurophilosophy of Free Will (1996). From 1997-2004 I worked as a psychiatrist and Vice Clinical Director at the newly founded University Department of Psychiatry in Ulm. In 2003 I acquired my habilitation (qualification for professorship) of Psychiatry. (2003). After working from 2004-2006 as Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the University Clinic in Frankfurt, I was appointed Professor of Medical Psychology and Director of the same department as well as senior consultant and Vice Clinical director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Bonn. In 2010 I took the newly established Chair at the Department of Psychiatry with a focus on psychiatric neuroscience and neurophilosophy at the Charité in Berlin and became director of the Mind and Brain Research Center at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.

Clinical resarch focus: schizophrenia and affective disorders; empirical research: executive functions and volition, reward mechanisms, interaction between emotion and cognition, emotion regulation, social cognition and imaging genetics; philosophical research: philosophy of mind and neuroethics.

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