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Event-related potentials (ERPs) as a research method for investigating neuropsychiatric disorders

Timm Rosburg


Recordings of event-related potentials (ERPs) and other electrophysiological markers are an established method for studying biological correlates of neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia or posttraumatic stress disorder, in order to disclose what functional cascades might contribute to these disorders. Knowledge about such cascades might also provide avenues for new medical treatment strategies. In the field of forensic psychiatry, these electrophysiological techniques are used to a still much lesser extent. This might be due to some preponderance of psychosocial disorder models in this area but maybe also due to some lack of knowledge about these neurophysiological research techniques. In my workshop, I inform about the technique of ERPs and other electrophysiological methods and present some selected clinical ERP findings. The workshop is suited for junior and senior academics who are curious to learn about the background, strengths, limitations, and perspective of this research method. The workshop complements a plenary lecture on ERP findings on paraphilia, personality, and concealed knowledge. 


Timm Rosburg, Ph.D. is a research psychologist with a vast experience in the field of clinical neurophysiology. He authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications on this topic. Timm was until recently affiliated with the Forensic Department of the University Psychiatric Clinics Basel (Switzerland) and now works at the Department of Clinical Research of the University of Basel.