Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions in Neuroscience and Philosophy

Michael Gaebler, M.Sc.

For several years, I studied language as an external collective phenomenon and an internal mental faculty with tools first from rhetoric, linguistics, philosophy/logic, computer science, anthropology (BSc Cognitive Science in Osnabrück with a year at McGill in Montreal), and later from neuroscience, neurology, and psychology (Dual MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences at Ecole Normale Supérieure & Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and at the University College London). Today, I am interested explicitly in nonverbal, affective mental processes: My PhD project at the Charité in Berlin will be an empirical investigation of existential feelings, conducting neuroimaging studies in healthy subjects and patients with depersonalization-derealization disorder, integrating philosophical approaches and empirical data from psychiatry. I’m thereby studying the role of emotion regulation and self-related processing in the aetiology of the psychopathology and hence in existential feelings.

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