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Max Heise (M. Sc. Psychology)


Research interests

  • Mechanisms of mental imagery
  • Psychophysiology of mental imagery
  • Psychopathology of depression

PhD project

How can we apply our understanding of mental imagery and its underlying mechanisms to enhance existing treatments of depression? Which patients might benefit most from the use of (which kind of) mental imagery training? In my research, I try to find answers to these questions by using an experimental psychopathology framework. A particular focus is placed on the role of anhedonia in the context of Behavioral Activation. In our studies, we use guided imagery scripts of everyday activities to increase motivation for, anticipated pleasure from and actual engagement in those activities. Apart from self-report measures, we are also interested in psychophysiological markers of mental imagery (e.g. heart rate).


  • Poster:
    • Heise, M., Werthmann, J., Tuschen-Caffier, B., & Renner, F. (2019, July). Reward Anticipation as a Potential Mechanism of Motivational Mental Imagery: An Experimental Study. Poster presented at the WCBCT 2019, Berlin.
PhD student
in the junior research group
Reward-seeking motivation
and behavioural activation
Clinical Psychology
and Psychotherapy
Room 1008
Postal address:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institute of Psychology
Department of Clinical Psychology
and Psychotherapy
Engelbergerstraße 41
D-79085 Freiburg
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