Information for patients

The TIKI study is part of a larger research project funded by the German Research Foundation. On this page, we would like to inform you about the aims and participation possibilities of the project.

How can we improve the success of psychotherapy?

Become part of the TIKI study (which stands for "Therapy meets AI") and contribute to psychotherapy research in Berlin!

What it is about

Many mental disorders can be treated well with behavioral therapy. Nevertheless, there are always patients who do not benefit sufficiently from such a standard therapy. The aim of the TIKI study is to find out which patients benefit less from standard therapy - in order to be able to offer them a more effective treatment alternative in the future, even before they start therapy.

Who can participate

Patients suffering from one of the following disorders can participate in the TIKI study:

  • Specific phobia

  • Social anxiety disorder

  • Panic disorder

  • Agoraphobia

  • Generalized anxiety disorder

  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Unipolar depressive disorder

  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

What you can contribute

Participate in the various assessments that will help us predict treatment outcomes for future patients. You will be compensated for your participation in these additional examinations.

What you can expect

As a participant, you will undergo a detailed diagnostic process and receive a treatment recommendation at one of our 4 study centers in Berlin. You will then receive guideline-based psychotherapy to treat your problems. Furthermore, we offer you various additional examinations, such as an MRI scan of your brain, measurement of brain waves and heart rate via EEG and ECG, as well as measurements in everyday life via smartwatch.

Additional examinations

Measurements in everyday life

Using a smartwatch and an app on your phone, body signals are measured regularly and you are asked questions about how you are feeling. The minimum wearing period is 2 weeks.

MRI measurement of brain structure and function

With the help of MRI, we can watch your brain at work. The measurement takes about 1.5 hours and can be performed at the Charité (BCAN) as well as at the Free University (CCNB).

Measurements of brain waves with EEG and heart rate with ECG

These take about 1.5 hours and can be done at the Humboldt-Universität in Adlershof or at the Center for Psychotherapy in Klosterstraße (near Alexanderplatz)

If you are interested in participating in the study, please register for psychotherapy admission at one of the participating outpatient clinics and indicate your interest in the initial interview. If you have any questions about the content of the study, please feel free to contact the scientific team directly at

Would you like to receive more information?

You can find our flyer with all study information here.

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Participating Centers