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Clinical Neuroscience Research Group

Can neuroscience help us understand the development and treatment of mental illness?

Positive or negative attention? Two faces are briefly presented simultaneously. They express a positive emotion and a negative or neutral emotion. Immediately after the two faces disappear from the screen, a dot pops up in one of the two positions. Test persons respond by pressing a button where they saw the dot (left or right). Response time says something about the feeling state they are in and thus what their attention is directed towards (positive or negative expression of feeling). Illustration: Private

About the group

The main focus of the group's research is how knowledge of neuroscience can be used to understand the development and treatment of mental illness.


We have in previous and ongoing projects studied cognitive control functions and mood, as well as genes that regulate the interaction between cognition and emotion.

This kind of research can provide new insights into how mood disorders (depression) develops and sustains over time. The projects will provide new knowledge of the principles of treatment and prevention.

Other topics include impulsivity- and impulsivity disorders, linked with for instance addiction problems and personality differences.


Through the cooperation with other research environments, the group is also engaged in studies related to pain associated with neurological diseases and injuries.

Researchers work with several colleagues internally at the Department of Psychology, including Tor Endestad, Bruno Laeng, Tim Brennen and Annika Melinder and various external institutions both nationally and internationally: National Competence Centre for Complex Symptom Disorders (St. Olav's Hospital / NTNU), Hospital of Southern Norway, Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Regional Department for Eating Disorders (RASP), Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research (SERAF) and Interventional Centre (Rikshospitalet).

Key international partners are Professor II Catherine J Harmer (University of Oxford), Professor Elaine Fox (University of Oxford), Professor Alexander Neumeister (New York University), Professor Luke Clark (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Professor Joël Billieux (University of Luxembourg).


Both traditional neuropsychological and psychometric testing methods, experimental cognitive paradigms, as well as mapping of eye movements and brain imaging are being used.

Published Mar. 21, 2017 10:36 AM - Last modified Mar. 21, 2017 10:36 AM