Psychiatry and Individual Differences
Our research focuses on individual differences in personality traits and cognitive processes with relevance for psychiatric morbidity as well as well-being.
There are two main tracks, one method-oriented, and one hypothesis driven. The main aim of the method-oriented track is to increase the quality of assessment instruments. This is motivated both by the rapid progress in basic neuroscience, which requires reliable and valid assessments against which the genetic and neurochemical information should be considered, as well as by clinical needs for practical and sound assessments.
The hypothesis-driven second track includes investigations on how individual factors such as personality traits and cognitive processes are shaped and developed as a result of genetic and environmental factors, investigations on how these individual differences interact with stress in various disease states, and investigations on the relation between, and the prognostic value of individual differences in mental and somatic conditions.
Prof. Lisa Ekselius