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The choice of a violent suicidal means: a MRI study with computational modeling of decision-making

2020 Linked Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $299,980
Focus Area: Neurobiological Studies

Gerd Wagner, Ph.D.
Jena University Hospital (Germany)

Fabrice Jollant, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Paris (France)

Inside the Research

People who attempt suicide using a violent means are at very high risk for future suicide death. Individuals who have attempted suicide using a violent means may show particular brain and cognition characteristics - notably more risky decision-making and lesser cognitive control - that may contribute to increased suicide risk. Using brain imaging and advanced statistical analyses, these neurocognitive factors will be explored. Findings can inform treatments focused on improving cognitive function to prevent suicide.