Research on mental health and psychiatric disorders at the ICM involves essentially studies on cognition, the emotions and behaviour, a voluntary choice on the part of the Institute to approach translational research, and thus use all the pluridisciplinary competencies that constitute the strength and the originality of a model like the ICM.
The brain is considered to be the veritable orchestra leader of our vital functions; it allows us to respond to our primary needs, such as eat, breathe, or even stand upright. Nevertheless, it is considered to be the most complex biological organ, because it is the seat of our emotions, our thoughts. It assures our cognitive functions and enables us thus to interact with our environment.
Why do we do what we do? How do our emotions influence our behaviour? How can we understand the brain mechanisms involved when our mental health is dysfunctional?