Research & Projects

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Research Priority Program

"Psychobiology of Stress" brings together researchers from Faculty I - Psychology and the Research Institute for Psychobiology. The Priority Program is funded by the Research Initiative of Rheinland-Palatinate’s Ministry of Science, Further Education and Cultural Affairs. Further information can be found on the ► Homepage of the Research Priority Program.


Current Research Projects

Hormones & social cognition in women

What influence do hormonal fluctuations over the menstrual cycle have on social decisions and social perception? What is the impact of hormonal contraceptives?

Contact: [→ Bernadette von Dawans]


Psychsocial stress & social cognition

How does stress influence our social perception and behavior? What role do stress hormones play?

Ansprechpartner: [Gregor Domes]


The "Trier Social Stress Test" (TSST) has been a valid stress induction procedure for decades. Here we investigate a virtual reality (VR) version, which is an economical alternative to the face-to-face TSST.

Contact: [Gregor Domes]

Eye contact in social anxiety

Adequate eye contact is a challenge for many people with social anxiety. Here we examine people with social anxiety in everyday conversational situations.

Contact: [→ Antonia Vehlen]

Overvaluation of shape and weight in BED

Shape and weight are significant issues to many of those suffering from binge eating disorder (BED). Here we investigate the neural underpinnings using fMRI.

Contact: [Gregor Domes]

Fronto-limbic abnormalities in BPD

Fronto-limbic abnormalties in borderline personality disorder patients are investigated using structural and functional MRI

Contact: [→ Gregor Domes]

Neural predictors of the acute stress response

Why do we respond so differently to psychossocial stress? The project aims at indentifying neural predictors of the individual reactivity to stress.

Contact: [→ Lisa Haase]

Stress & social decision making

How does psychosocial stress affect social decisions? Do men become more prosocial or competitive under stress?

Contact: [→ Bernadette von Dawans]

Social stimuli and the HPG axis

The HPG axis regulates the release of gonadal steroids. We investigate which (social) stimuli promote or inhibit the activity of the axis.

Contact: [→ Katrin Linnig]