Psychiatry is the ideal field for research, spanning normative behavior, subclinical features, and chronic disorders. This broad spectrum can be approached with multiple scientific methods. Starting in medical school, I have continued to combine clinical work and research activities. My main interest is to understand how brain alterations in psychiatric disorders shape behavior and perception. My group applies behavioral experiments, clinical rating scales, instrumentation, brain stimulation techniques and multimodal brain imaging to investigate altered motor behavior and nonverbal communication in psychosis and affective disorders. In addition, I supervise research projects on personal space regulation in psychosis. My research aims at understanding problematic behaviors and eventually at providing means decreasing the burden of disease.