RTG 2386  
Principal Investigators  

Faculty

Name
Institute
Research Area
Department of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Mindreading, autism, social cognition, self-knowledge
FunctionProfessor for Clinical Psychology of Social Interaction
Current statusPI
Research areaMindreading, autism, social cognition, self-knowledge
DescriptionTopic 5: Reading mental states of others versus self - the case of autism. The understanding of others’ mental states, also referred to as mindreading, is an important predictor for successful social interaction. In the past decade, research has started to investigate self-knowledge about mental states and its relationship to other-knowledge. Interestingly, it has recently been suggested that knowing one’s own mental states rather than drawing on direct access results from turning our mindreading abilities on ourselves, i.e., the same mental capacity that is in place for mindreading others produces knowledge of own mental states when turned to oneself. Autism is a developmental disorder that involves core deficits in understanding the mental states of others and there is preliminary evidence that it also involves impairments in understanding own mental states. Investigating the relationship between self and other knowledge about mental states in autism and other psychiatric conditions involving mindreading deficts can thus be taken to inform the question whether reading mental states of others’ and self represents indeed a common process.
RTG topicsTopic 5: Reading mental states of others versus self - the case of autism
Topic 6: Extrospective assessment of emotion in self and other and their neural correlates
Topic 7: Extrospection and confidence judgements in metacognitive tasks
Topic 10:  Levels of extrospection in psychiatry
InstituteDepartment of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Phone+49 30 2093-6186
E-mailisabel.dziobek-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Homepagehttps://www.psychology.hu-berlin.de/en/staff/1687995
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Isabel_Dziobek
Academia.eduhttps://fu-berlin.academia.edu/IsabelDziobek
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience; Institut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Consciousness, metacognition, intentional action, introspection, motor control, motor awareness
FunctionGroup leader
Current statusPI
Research areaConsciousness, metacognition, intentional action, introspection, motor control, motor awareness
DescriptionTopic 7: Extrospection and confidence judgements in metacognitive tasks : We ask what are the mechanisms and computations underlying the formation of confidence and other kinds of subjective report. We concentrate on metacognitive tasks in the visual and motor domain. We sometimes use neuroimaging methods -(f)MRI, EEG- and sometimes focus on behavioural experiments alone.
RTG topicsTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection
Topic 6: Extrospective assessment of emotion in self and other and their neural correlates
Topic 7: Extrospection and confidence judgements in metacognitive tasks
Topic 8: Brain Reading and extrospection
InstituteBernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience; Institut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Phone+49 30 2093-6313
E-mailelisa.filevich-please remove this text-@bccn-berlin.de
Homepagehttp://metamotorlab.filevich.com/
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elisa_Filevich
Academia.eduhttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elisa_Filevich
Department of Philosophy, University of Magdeburg
Phenomenal consciousness, introspection, philosophy of the neurosciences of consciousness, vagueness, paradoxes, indeterminacy
FunctionJuniorprofessor for Neurophilosophy
Current statusPI
Research areaPhenomenal consciousness, introspection, philosophy of the neurosciences of consciousness, vagueness, paradoxes, indeterminacy
DescriptionTopic 4: Introspection, extrospection and denial of privileged access in psychiatry: How can a psychiatrist establish that she knows what’s going on in her patient? How can she be certain if her diagnosis suggests that the first-person reports are somehow misleading? My project focuses on the way that psychiatrists come to reasonably justified assessments of the minds of others, e.g. when distinguishing between hallucination and delusion. The context of psychiatry already suggests a denial of privileged access in the sense of indubitability. The goal then is to assess how psychiatrists can justify doubt in first-person reports and how they might even correct them.
RTG topicsTopic 3: Structural models of phenomenality
Topic 4: Introspection, extrospection and denial of privileged access in psychiatry
Topic 10:  Levels of extrospection in psychiatry
InstituteDepartment of Philosophy, University of Magdeburg
Phone+49 (391) 675 6462
E-mailsfink-please remove this text-@ovgu.de
Homepagewww.finks.de
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience / Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
FunctionProfessor
Current statusPI
DescriptionTopic 8: Brain Reading and extrospection: In recent years, the new approach of “Brain Reading” has developed in neuroscience. This approach uses machine-learning techniques to decode mental states from neuroimaging signals. One important and interesting question is whether brain reading will in principle ever be able to detect a person’s mental state more precisely than the person themselves can do so? Although at first sight this appears impossible, there are examples suggesting that this might be achievable under certain conditions. The current project will use a combination of functional neuroimaging, behavioral reports and mental state decoding to elucidate this question.
RTG topicsTopic 4: Introspection, extrospection and denial of privileged access in psychiatry
Topic 8: Brain Reading and extrospection
Topic 9: Numbtouch: Extrospection and introspection during weak somatosensory stimulation
InstituteBernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience / Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Phone+49 30 2093-6762
E-mailhaynes-please remove this text-@bccn-berlin.de
Homepagehttp://www.bccn-berlin.de/People/home/?contentId=661
Academia.eduhttps://independent.academia.edu/JohndylanHaynes
Institute of Psychology / Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Emotion, face processing, empathy, prosocial behaviour, EEG, ECG
FunctionPostdoctoral Fellow
Current statusPI
Research areaEmotion, face processing, empathy, prosocial behaviour, EEG, ECG
DescriptionTopic 6: Extrospective assessment of emotion in self and other and their neural correlates : My main research interests are the neuroscientific and biopsychological assessment of emotion and social interaction. A particular interest lies in the processing of identity-specific and generic aspects of human faces. Methods I apply include game theoretical paradigms, structural equation modelling, ECG, EEG and fMRI. Theoretically, I am interested in the concept of the self and its disturbances as described in the case of schizophrenia.
RTG topicsTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection
Topic 5: Reading mental states of others versus self - the case of autism
Topic 6: Extrospective assessment of emotion in self and other and their neural correlates
Topic 10:  Levels of extrospection in psychiatry
InstituteInstitute of Psychology / Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Phone+49 30 2093-1724
E-maillaura.kaltwasser-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Homepagehttps://www.psychology.hu-berlin.de/en/staff/1685998
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laura_Kaltwasser2
Department of Philosophy, University of Magdeburg
Philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of neurocognition, philosophy of computation, philosophy of physics
FunctionProfessor for Theoretical Philosophy; Director of Study Program “Philosophy-Neurosciences-Cognition”
Current statusPI
Research areaPhilosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of neurocognition, philosophy of computation, philosophy of physics
DescriptionTopic 3: Structural models of phenomenality: I’m a philosopher of science with interests in foundational issues of cognitive and computational neuroscience and physics as well as philosophy of mind and metaphysics. I have particularly worked on mental externalism, extended cognition, structural realism, foundations of gauge field theories, philosophy of information and Kantian philosophy of nature. My main research focus within the RTG is on structural models of mental representation and phenomenality.
RTG topicsTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection
Topic 3: Structural models of phenomenality
Topic 4: Introspection, extrospection and denial of privileged access in psychiatry
Topic 10:  Levels of extrospection in psychiatry
InstituteDepartment of Philosophy, University of Magdeburg
E-maillyre-please remove this text-@ovgu.de
Homepagewww.lyre.de
Department of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
FunctionProfessor
Current statusPI; Speaker of the RTG
DescriptionTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection : As there are no absolute standards for epistemic merits, the epistemic disadvantage of extro-spection, i.e. third person access to a person’s higher cognitive states, is typically argued for by comparison with introspection or – to a lesser extent – with third-person methods in natural science, most typically physics. E.g. introspection is said to be superior to extrospection because it provides direct first-person access to its objects. Extrospection, by contrast, seems to have limited access only to certain higher cognitive states, particularly to the notorious qualia. The present project is supposed to make a comparative assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of extrospection, introspection, and, to a minor extent, third-person science.
RTG topicsTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection
Topic 3: Structural models of phenomenality
Topic 8: Brain Reading and extrospection
InstituteDepartment of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Phone+49 30 2093-2831, -1707
E-mailmichael.pauen-please remove this text-@philosophie.hu-berlin.de
Homepagewww.pauen.com
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Pauen
Academia.eduhttps://hu-berlin.academia.edu/MPauen
Department of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
FunctionProfessor
Current statusPI
DescriptionTopic 2: Extrospection and consciousness in early modern philosophy : Modern debates on consciousness started with Descartes, Locke and other seventeenth-century authors. But how did these philosophers conceive of consciousness? How did they classify different types of consciousness? And how did they explain the relationship between consciousness, which makes an internal access to mental states possible, and extrospection, which amounts to an external access? The dissertation project should deal with these and related questions. It should focus on one or several early modern philosophers and examine their theories of mind.
RTG topicsTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection
Topic 2: Extrospection and consciousness in early modern philosoph
Topic 3: Structural models of phenomenality
InstituteDepartment of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Phone+49 30 2093-2204
E-mailperlerd-please remove this text-@philosophie.hu-berlin.de
Homepagehttp://www.philosophie.hu-berlin.de/institut/lehrbereiche/th...
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig; Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
FunctionDirector, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Current statusPI
DescriptionTopic 9: Numbtouch: Extrospection and introspection during weak somatosensory stimulation Can we make correct statements about visual stimuli which we have “not seen” or tactile stimuli which we have “not felt”? Such phenomena have been reported in blind patients after stroke (blindsight) and in patients with impaired perception of touch after focal brain lesions (numbtouch). We have recently described similar phenomena in healthy subjects who were able to localize weak somatosensory stimuli which they did not detect (“not feel”). The first aim of this project is to identify neural correlates of this phenomenon using EEG, MEG, 7 Tesla fMRI, and – in few patients – invasive electrode recordings (extrospection) combined with subjects’ reports (introspection). Paradigms will be used which allow for data analysis based on signal detection theory. To confirm the functional role of the presumably involved brain areas (aim 1), the second aim is to alter subjects’ reports by modulating neural activity of these brain areas with transcranial stimulation (TMS, TDCS). The third aim is to improve the clinical symptom numbtouch in patients after stroke.
RTG topicsTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection
Topic 7: Extrospection and confidence judgements in metacognitive tasks
Topic 8: Brain Reading and extrospection
Topic 9: Numbtouch: Extrospection and introspection during weak somatosensory stimulation
InstituteMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig; Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Phone+49 341 9940-2220
E-mailvillringer-please remove this text-@cbs.mpg.de
Homepagehttp://www.cbs.mpg.de/staff/villringer-10668
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Arno_Villringer
Academia.eduhttps://cbs-mpg.academia.edu/ArnoVillringer
Research Division of Mind and Brain, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, CCM, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Systems medicine in psychiatry, neuroimaging, connectomics, imaging genetics, depression, schizophrenia, emotion regulation
FunctionProfessor
Current statusPI
Research areaSystems medicine in psychiatry, neuroimaging, connectomics, imaging genetics, depression, schizophrenia, emotion regulation
DescriptionTopic 10: Levels of extrospection in psychiatry In my lab we are working with the methods of cognitive neuroscience on the basis of mental disorders and socia and affective processes with a focus on schizophrenia and depression. On one hand, we are working in large consortia and with big data to understand the neural basis mental disorders and with the aim to make neuroimaging clinically relevant for patients. We are also developing methods for these purposes. Within the RTG we are focusing on anhedonia as a prime example of a transdiagnostic important symptom and to understand the basis for positive emotions.
RTG topicsTopic 1: Epistemology of extrospection
Topic 4: Introspection, extrospection and denial of privileged access in psychiatry
Topic 8: Brain Reading and extrospection
Topic 10:  Levels of extrospection in psychiatry
InstituteResearch Division of Mind and Brain, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, CCM, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Phone+49 30 4505-17141
E-mailhenrik.walter-please remove this text-@charite.de
Homepagehttps://mindandbrain.charite.de/
Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Henrik_Walter