Application of Brain Imaging in Mental Illness

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Neurotechnology and Neuroimaging".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2024 | Viewed by 230

Special Issue Editor

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Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Bielefeld, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany
Interests: neuroscience; biological psychology and psychiatry; stress-related disorders and resilience; mental illness; neuropsychology; psychotherapy; emotion and social regulation; memory and self; attachment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mental illnesses as psychiatric and psychosomatic diagnoses are still mainly based on clinical syndromes rather than measurable biophysiological abnormalities.

Progress in neuroimaging technology and analytical methods has supported:

  • research into subtle but measurable radiological characteristics of mental diseases;
  • experimental classification of psychiatric disorders;
  • prediction of response to treatment;
  • development of innovative effective therapies.

Mental illnesses likely arise from disturbances of connectivity in neural networks, rather than anatomy, and can be understood as disorders of structural/functional disintegration.

This Special Issue highlights advances in neuroimaging modalities that are now allowing assessment of brain structures, connectivity, and neural network functions; describes technical aspects of the most promising methods; and report observations made in mental illnesses.

We welcome contributions relating to:

  • neuroimaging biomarkers;
  • structural and functional neural alterations;
  • the role of neuroimaging in predicting treatment responses;
  • novel neuroimaging techniques;
  • implications of using neuroimaging in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.

Dr. Kristina Hennig-Fast
Guest Editor

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  • neuroimaging
  • brain imaging
  • mental illnesses
  • psychiatric disorders

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