Institute of Medical Psychology

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Institute of Medical Psychology



The Institute of Medical Psychology (the IMP) is one of the pre-clinical departments at the LMU Medical School. In our teaching, we are responsible for introducing first and second-year medical students to topics ranging from logical thinking to psychophysics to communication. We participate in the Longitudinal Course (L Kurs) that runs through the entire Medical training program, emphasizing the tremendous role of so-called soft skills in practicing medicine.

In our research, we span topics in Medical Psychology, including placebo and sleep, but our department-wide focus is Chronobiology, or the daily biological clock. Although daily timing in humans is our ultimate interest, our work spans from molecular to behavior.