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We conduct various studies with the following research content / research methods. Are you interested in specific areas? Then please select one or more fields and answer a few more questions. If you do not want to make a selection, you can simply go on to the next question.
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Electroencephalography (EEG) is used to measure the electrical voltage fluctuations that occur during brain activity. This is done via measuring surface electrodes on the head, which are provided with contact gel and mounted in a cap. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) measures magnetic fields above the surface of the head that are generated by the synchronous activity of neurons in the brain. These very weak magnetic fields are registered with special magnetic field sensors, which are arranged helmet-like in the MEG device. EEG and MEG are non-invasive and harmless examination methods that have been used in clinical and/or scientific everyday life for decades.
There are no special restrictions for participation in EEG or MEG studies.
MRI uses strong magnetic fields to provide high-resolution images of the anatomical structure of the brain as well as detailed pictures of the brain functioning. MRI is a non-invasive imaging procedure that has been used in medical diagnostics for more than 30 years. The examination is painless and harmless. Due to the strong magnetic field and the relative confinement in the MRI machine, a certain group of people cannot cannot be examined with the MRI, e.g. if:
- there is metal that cannot be removed from the body (e.g. bone screws, joint prostheses, retainers, or braces)
- tattoos on the neck or genital area, or tattoos larger than 20 cm in diameter are present.
- claustrophobia is present
If you are interested in MRI examinations, possible contraindications will be clarified in advance.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a method that uses strong magnetic fields to stimulate or inhibit areas of the brain in order to simultaneously observe changes in perception and behavior. The stimulation is done by means of a magnetic coil through the intact skull. TMS has been used for more than 30 years in both research and routine clinical diagnostics. According to the current state of science, there are no known harmful short- or long-term side effects with tMS. tDCS is a procedure with which brain activity in areas of the human brain can be influenced by means of electrical stimulation. tDCS uses a low, subthreshold direct electrical current that is hardly noticeable to the test persons. The stimulation takes place through the skull. tDCS is a well-tolerated, non-invasive, and painless procedure with very few side effects.
Due to the intrinsic stimulation by strong magnetic fields or electrical stimulation, a certain group of people cannot participate in tMS examinations, e.g. if:
- metal or electronic devices are present in the body (e.g. intracranial metal parts, implanted heart or brain pacemakers)
- you have a seizure disorder (epilepsy)
- regular headaches or migraines are present
If you are interested in TMS and/or tDCS examinations, possible contraindications will be clarified in advance.
Electrocardiography (ECG) is used to record the activity of the heart. For this purpose, some electrodes are stuck on the body (e.g. back or chest).
Skin conductance (SCR) and pulse are used, for example, to examine the processing intensity of tasks or stimuli.
For this purpose, two electrodes are attached to e.g. two different fingers (SCR) or an infrared finger clip (pulse).
All methods are harmless and a standard procedure that has been used in clinical and/or scientific life for decades.
There are no special restrictions for participation in studies using ECG, SCR or pulse.
In pain studies, individually adapted non-painful and painful stimuli are administered to your skin, such as heat stimuli or pressure stimuli. These stimuli are always below your pain tolerance. All methods are harmless and a standard procedure that has been used in clinical and/or scientific life for decades.
There are no special restrictions for participation in pain studies.
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