Active Projects

  • Spider FU

    Project Description

    In the C09-Follow Up study („Spider FU“), we investigate factors suspected to improve exposure therapy for patients suffering from specific phobia. We are focusing on patients who do not sufficiently benefit from existing forms of therapy. Thus, we re-invite participants of our former Spider study, which used virtual realty exposure as treatment. As a control, we also assess participants without any mental disorder.

    Study Participation

    Who are we looking for?

    Currently, we only recruit female participants, 30 years and older, who do not suffer from any mental disorder. Also, we are recruiting former participants with spider phobia, who have already participated in our virtual reality spider study.

    What is the procedure?

    Participation includes six appointments within two months, or if applicable eight appointments within seven months:


    • Short screening on telephone, to check general eligibility

    • Two or three diagnostic meetings, including a structured clinical interview, psychological questionnaires and a blood sample

    • Two MRI- and MEG-assessments

    • Where applicable: one-session exposure therapy with a real-life house spider

    Upon completion, you receive 70 € as compensation of expenses and MRI pictures of your brain.

    How do I get in touch?

    Interested participants without any mental disorder: send us an email to spidervr@uni-muenster.de with your name, age, and phone number and we will get in touch with you.
    Former participants of the completed spider study will be contacted by our team approx. 20 month after participation.

     

    Coordinator

    The project is funded by the "Innovative Medizinische Forschung" (IMF) program (LE121904).

  • CIPAS

    Project Description

    Characterization of intermediate phenotypes of affective and schizophrenic disorders

    This IMF-funded study investigates neurobiological underpinnings of psychotic disorders to facilitate our understanding of aetiological and risk factors. This knowledge can be used for precise diagnostics as well as individualized treatments of psychotic disorders. The study is nested in the FOR2107-Study and complements the basic study-protocol.

    Study Participation

    Who are we looking for?

    Participants from the FOR2107-Study who suffer from schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression disorder, as well as participants with no history of mental illness.

    What do we do?

    To investigate neurobiological underpinnings of psychotic disorders different types of eye movements are recorded. Recording is conducted non-invasive via camera and bears no risk for the participant. The recording takes approximately one hour and is compensated with 12€.

    How to contact?

    Participants of the FOR2107-Study, who are eligible, are contacted by the study-team. If you have any questions about CIPAS, please contact us: mrt.studie@wwu.de

     

    Coordinator

    The project is funded by the "Innovative Medizinische Forschung" (IMF) program (ME121805).

  • SPIN

    Project Description

    Inhibitory control and Modifiability in Spider anxiety // Spider anxiety inhibition study

    In the IMS-Study we investigate inhibitory control as a correlate of anxiety disorders. Therefore, we use a specific experimental paradigm (the antisaccade-task), which utilizes non-invasive recordings of eye-movements. The aim is to investigate the association between inhibitory control and psychophysiological measures of anxiety. Furthermore we want to investigate how inhibitory control can be modified and how this expands to the experience of anxiety.

    Study Participation

    Who are we looking for?

    Participants aged 18 to 65 years who suffer from spider phobia or no mental disorder.

    What do we do?

    Phone screening and diagnostics
    General eligibility criteria as well as criteria for mental disorders will be assessed.

    Study Procedure
    Psychophysiological markers (skin-conductance level, heart rate and startle response), psychometric and behavioral data as well as eye movements will be assessed. Furthermore, a training will be conducted to investigate to what extent inhibitory control can be modified and how it influences the experience of anxiety. Duration differs between experimental groups. Compensation of expenses will be 10€ per hour.

    How to contact?

    If you are interested, please contact us: breuerfa@uni-muenster.de.

     

    Coordinator