Behavioral Regulation and Health


Matthias Basner

Section Director | Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc

Sleeping and eating are basic human needs and behaviors closely linked to well-being, performance and health. The Behavioral Regulation & Health Section of the Department of Psychiatry investigates causal links between various extrinsic and intrinsic factors and sleeping, eating and behavioral health.

Division of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry

The Division of Sleep and Chronobiology conducts both laboratory and field research in healthy adults exposed to work-rest schedules and/or environmental factors that can disturb sleep and adversely impact behavioral health and performance. Research focuses on promoting behavioral health, performance and safety by ensuring behavioral regulation through adequate sleep and circadian entrainment. Populations frequently investigated by the Division include healthcare workers, astronauts, and those exposed to traffic noise. Laboratory studies are conducted in the Division’s Chronobiology Isolation Laboratory (CIL), which allows for highly controlled studies of up to 4 participants at a time. The Division also develops and validates cognitive tests for high-performing populations.

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Center for Weight and Eating Disorders

The Center for Weight and Eating Disorders (CWED) strives to understand the causes of weight and weight-related disorders and provide evidence-based treatment for these issues. Our internationally recognized faculty conduct cutting-edge clinical trials on a wide range of weight and disordered eating topics, including behavioral weight loss approaches, combined medication and behavioral approaches and weight maintenance interventions in a variety of general and specialized settings.  We also examine the role that disordered eating behaviors such as binge-eating, night-eating, and addictive-like eating behavior have on weight and other health indices and provide treatments developed from this research.

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