Our studies begin with a call for participation. A link on our bulletins and flyers provides a non-commital way to express one's interest to participate while data protection is ensured. The link forwards potential participants to an online survey. Some personal data like gender, age, and contact data along with questionaires related to the topic of the study have to be filled in.
Our employees evalute the questionaires and phone people willing to participate. (There is also always the option to call us directly in order to participate in a study.) Further questions are clarified on the phone. The same goes for making appointments.
Normally our potential participants are then invited to a detailed diagnostic interview. Different questionaires and tests are filled in with a psychologist depending on the study. Based on the results of this interview we decide whether or not to include the person in our study sample. In case somebody cannot be included but turns out to be in need of psychological support, we bother to connect the person to a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist in case help is requested.
If the person is included into the study sample, a psychologic experiment (e.g. looking at pictures and rating them) is conducted eitgher after the interview or at a later point of time depending on the topic. Most of the time one of the neurobiologic methods mentioned later on is used as part of the experiment. In the context of some trials we offer clinical-psychological therapy for individuals or groups.
After study completion (i.e. all data has been analysed) all subjects receive a feedback which contains the study results.
For our examinations we use different neurobiological methods. All of them are unharmful and non-painful (i.e. no ionising radiation, no contrast media). Cerebral activation is measured via electroencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, or near-infrared spectroscopy. Also other methods are used which measure different physical functions of the body.