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The research of our lab starts from the basic assumption that a deeper understanding of the disruptions in information processing characterizing affective disorders requires the integration of findings from clinical, cognitive, and neurobiological research. Research efforts are focused around the development of a general model that links attention processes and schema-activation to negative mood states by integrating cognitive and neurobiological findings, to investigate vulnerability factors for affective disorders in a life-span perspective, focussing on information processing from childhood to old age. We use affective modifications of experimental psychology paradigms as well as behavioural measures. Moreover we combine these paradigms with neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, PET, SPECT), psychophysiological measures (EEG, ERP), and other physiological indicators. The ultimate aim of our lab is to gain a deeper understanding in the working mechanisms of mood and anxiety disorders, in order to stimulate translational research to improve the effectiveness of interventions by tailoring them to account for individual differences in information processing styles.