Professor German Berrios

German Berrios

University position

Professor

Departments

Department of Psychiatry

Home page

http://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/

Research Theme

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience

Interests

I am interested in the study of psychiatric symptoms (e.g. hallucinations, delusions, obsessions) appearing in the context of neurological disease.

Since the 19th century, the view that 'mental symptoms' seen in the context of neurological disease are the same as those seen in the context of psychiatry has been assumed rather than demonstrated. We investigate this question by:

1) mapping the temporal features, dimensions, structure, contents, and themes of so-called 'organic' mental symptoms

2) comparing them with similar complaints as they appear in schizophrenia, mania, obsessive compulsive disorder, dissociative disorder, etc.

3) searching for alternative aetiological mechanisms (e.g. psychogenicity)

4) studying their epistemological import, i.e. how informative are they in regards to their own aetiology and natural history.

Research Focus

Keywords

phenomenology

psychiatric symptoms

neurological symptoms

Clinical conditions

Amnesia

Cognitive impairment

Dementia

Epilepsy

Huntington's disease

Multiple sclerosis

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Parkinson's disease

Schizophrenia

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Randomised control trials

Collaborators

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