Dr. med. Annette Brühls research is concerned with the interaction of emotion and cognition – how cognitive processes regulate emotion, how emotion interacts with cognition – with a particular focus on the neurofunctional processes. These processes are disturbed in affective disorders such as anxiety disorders, OCD, depression and borderline personality disorders. Therapeutic interventions such as psychotherapy and psychopharmacotherapy try to improve and restore these functions. Understanding these processes in healthy subjects, the disturbances in affective disorders and the changes due to treatment could help improving diagnosis and treatments in psychiatry.
Aiming at increasing knowledge in this field, she uses functional magnetic resonance imaging and neuropsychological methods in healthy subjects and patients. Furthermore, she is interested in translational models of these disorders.