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Psychophysiology

CHAIR: Nash Boutros
Address: Wayne State University 7236 Meadowlake Road Bloomfield, Michigan 48301 United States of America    
Phone: 1 313 577 6687
Fax: 1 313 577 5201
E-mail: nboutros@med.wayne.edu
CO-CHAIR: Oliver Pogarell
Address:  Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich Department of Psychiatry Nussbaumstr. 7 Munich 80336 Germany   
Phone: 49 89 5160 5540
Fax: 49 89 5160 5542
E-mail: opogarel@med.lmu.de
SECRETARY: Petr Bob
Address: Charles University First Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Ke Karlovu 11 12000 Prague 2 Czech Republic   
Phone: 420 224965314
Fax: 420 224923077
E-mail: petrbob@netscape.net



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The activity of the WPA Section on Psychophysiology is aimed to favour the development and dissemination of psychophysiological techniques in the study of neurobiological bases of psychiatric syndromes and to promote the collaboration among different groups actively involved in this research field.

A renewed attention to psychophysiological methods in psychiatric research has been brought about by recent theories proposing that psychopathological phenomena do not result from a dysfunction of one or more brain regions, but from the failure to integrate the activity of different areas involved in cognitive processes. In this perspective, neurobiogical research should tap the dynamics of complex interactions over time among cerebral regions involved in the poorly integrated cognitive processes. The pursuit of this goal reqires the use of techniques with high sensitivity to the smoothest deviation in complex and integrated processes that last fractions of seconds. Techniques with these characteristics might also contribute to our understanding of psychotropic drugs effects on the central nervous system. It is increasingly acknowledged that psychotropic drugs act modifying the connectivity within largely distributed cortico-subcortical neural circuits. Therefore, brain imaging studies on receptor occupancy or modifications of cerebral blood flow or metabolism should be complemented by psychophysiological indices of integrated brain processes.

Workplan 2006-2008   

Recent Activities

  • WPA World Congress - Cairo, September 10-15, 2005
  • Section forum on electrophysiological examinations for patients with psychiatric disorder

    The usefulness of electrophysiological examinations in patients with psychiatric disorders is a debated issue. According to some colleagues it is an important tool which should complement clinical assessment in most cases, while others consider it of little or no use.

    The issue whether only visual/standard EEG and/or QEEG and/or Evoked potentials should also be included in the examinations is also highly debated. The questionnaire included herewith is aimed to explore the opinion and current practice of the Section's members and of interested colleagues working in the field.

    Your participation in the survey will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks for your time and cooperation.   
    Silvana Galderisi and Nash Boutros

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