Publications of the Research Priority Program.


Stächele, T., Domes, G., Wekenborg, M., Penz, M., Kirschbaum, C., & Heinrichs, M. (2020). Effects of a 6-Week Internet-Based Stress Management Program on Perceived Stress, Subjective Coping Skills, and Sleep Quality. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 463. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00463


von Dawans, B., Ditzen, B., Trueg, A., Fischbacher, U., & Heinrichs, M. (2019). Effects of acute stress on social behavior in women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 99, 137-144.

Kamp, S. M., Endemann, R., Domes, G., & Mecklinger, A. (2019). Effects of acute psychosocial stress on the neural correlates of episodic encoding: Item versus associative memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 157, 128-138.

Schaan, L., Schulz, A., Nuraydin, S., Bergert, C., Hilger, A., Rach, H., & Hechler, T. (2019). Interoceptive accuracy, emotion recognition, and emotion regulation in preschool children. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 138, 47-56.

Yurtsever, T., Streit, F., Foo, J. C., Trifonova, S., Kumsta, R., Muller, C. P., Meyer, J., … & Schote, A. B. (2019). Temporal dynamics of cortisol-associated changes in mRNA expression of glucocorticoid responsive genes FKBP5, GILZ, SDPR, PER1, PER2 and PER3 in healthy humans. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 102, 63-67.

Zimmer, P., Buttlar, B., Halbeisen, G., Walther, E., &Domes, G. (2019). Virtually stressed? A refined virtual reality adaptation of the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) induces robust endocrine responses. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 101, 186-192.

Zimmer, P., Wu, C. C., & Domes, G. (2019). Same same but different? Replicating the real surroundings in a virtual trier social stress test (TSST-VR) does not enhance presence or the psychophysiological stress response. Physiology & Behavior, 212, 112690. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.112690


Bachmann, P., Zhang, X., Larra, M. F., Rebeck, D., Schönbein, K., Koch, K. P., & Schächinger, H. (2018). Validation of an automated bilateral feet cold pressor test. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 124, 62-70.

Finke, J. B., Behrje, A., & Schächinger, H. (2018). Acute stress enhances pupillary responses to erotic nudes: Evidence for differential effects of sympathetic activation and cortisol. Biological psychology, 137, 73-82.

Finke, J. B., Kalinowski, G. I., Larra, M. F., & Schächinger, H. (2018). The socially evaluated handgrip test: Introduction of a novel, time-efficient stress protocol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 87, 141-146.

Hengesch, X., Elwenspoek, M. M., Schaan, V. K., Larra, M. F., Finke, J. B., Zhang, X., ... & Schächinger, H. (2018). Blunted endocrine response to a combined physical-cognitive stressor in adults with early life adversity. Child abuse & neglect.

Naumann, E., Svaldi, J., Wyschka, T., Heinrichs, M., & von Dawans, B. (2018). Stress-induced body dissatisfaction in women with binge eating disorder. Journal of abnormal psychology, 127(6), 548.

Schote AB, Jäger K, Kroll SL, Vonmoos M, Hulka LM, Preller KH, Meyer J, Grünblatt E, Quednow BB (2018): Glucocorticoid receptor gene variants and lower expression of NR3C1 are associated with cocaine use. Addict Biol. 2018 May 15.

Schwabe, L., & Schächinger, H. (2018). Ten years of research with the Socially Evaluated Cold Pressor Test: Data from the past and guidelines for the future. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 92, 155-161.

Zhang, X., Bachmann, P., Schilling, T. M., Naumann, E., Schächinger, H., & Larra, M. F. (2018). Emotional stress regulation: The role of relative frontal alpha asymmetry in shaping the stress response. Biological psychology.


von Dawans, B., & Heinrichs, M. (2017). Physiologische Stressreaktionen. Handbuch Stressregulation und Sport, 1-15.

von Dawans, B., Trüg, A., Kirschbaum, C., Dziobek, I., Fischbacher, U., & Heinrichs, M. (2017). Effects of social and non-social stress on social behavior in health and social anxiety disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 83, 71.

Isaksson, A., Martin, P., Kaufmehl, J., Heinrichs, M., Domes, G., & Rüsch, N. (2017). Social identity shapes stress appraisals in people with a history of depression. Psychiatry Research, 254, 12–17. 

Schiller, B., von Dawans, B., Brustkern, J., & Heinrichs, M. (2017). Effects of stress on in-group favoritism and out-group discrimination are moderated by self-control. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 83, 70.

Wunsch, K., Wurst, R., Kasten, N., von Dawans, B., Strahler, J., & Fuchs, R. (2017). The influence of habitual and acute exercise on SNS and HPA axis responses to psychosocial stress–A randomized, controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 83, 77.


Deuter, C. E., Schächinger, H., Best, D., & Neumann, R. (2016). Effects of two dominance manipulations on the stress response: Cognitive and embodied influences. Biological Psychology, 119, 184–189.

Dierolf, A. M., Arlt, L. E., Roelofs, K., Kölsch, M., Hülsemann, M. J., Schächinger, H., & Naumann, E. (2016). Effects of basal and acute cortisol on cognitive flexibility in an emotional task switching paradigm in men. Hormones and behavior, 81, 12-19.

Larra, M. F., Pramme, L., Schächinger, H., & Frings, C. (2016). Stress and selective attention: Immediate and delayed stress effects on inhibition of return. Brain and Cognition, 108, 66–72.

Li-Tempel, T., Larra, M. F., Sandt, E., Mériaux, S. B., Schote, A. B., Schächinger, H., … Turner, J. D. (2016). The cardiovascular and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis response to stress is controlled by glucocorticoid receptor sequence variants and promoter methylation. Clinical Epigenetics, 8: 12

Li-Tempel, T., Larra, M. F., Winnikes, U., Tempel, T., DeRijk, R. H., Schulz, A., Schächinger, H., ... & Schote, A. B. (2016). Polymorphisms of genes related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis influence the cortisol awakening response as well as self-perceived stress. Biological psychology, 119, 112-121.

Schächinger, H. (2016). Stress, Psychobiologie eines Erfolgsrezeptes. Psychotherapie im Dialog (PiD), 17, 78-83. [invited Paper].

Schneider, K. K., Frings, C., Meyer, J., & Schote, A. B. (2016). The role of the glucocorticoid receptor gene ( NR3C1 ) for the processing of aversive stimuli. Neuroscience Research, 107, 8–13.

Schote, A. B., Bonenberger, M., Pálmason, H., Seitz, C., Meyer, J., & Freitag, C. M. (2016). Glucocorticoid receptor variants in childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and comorbid psychiatric disorders. Psychiatry Research, 246, 275–283.

Yurtsever, T., Schilling, T. M., Kölsch, M., Turner, J. D., Meyer, J., Schächinger, H., & Schote, A. B. (2016). The acute and temporary modulation of PERIOD genes by hydrocortisone in healthy subjects. Chronobiology International, 33, 1222–1234.

Berger, J., Heinrichs, M., von Dawans, B., Way, B. M., & Chen, F. S. (2016). Cortisol modulates men’s affiliative responses to acute social stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 1-9.


Heinrichs, M., Stächele, T., & Domes, G. (2015). Stress und Stressbewältigung (Vol. 58). Hogrefe Verlag.

Heflick, N. A., Goldenberg, J. L., Hart, J. J., & Kamp, S.-M. (2015). Death awareness and body-self dualism: The why and how of afterlife belief. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45(2), 267-275.

Kuehl, L. K., Deuter, C. E., Richter, S., Schulz, A., Rüddel, H., & Schächinger, H. (2015). Two separable mechanisms are responsible for mental stress effects on high frequency heart rate variability: an intra-individual approach in a healthy and a diabetic sample. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95(3), 299-303.

Larra, M. F., Schilling, T. M., Röhrig, P., & Schächinger, H. (2015). Enhanced stress response by a bilateral feet compared to a unilateral hand cold pressor test. Stress, 18(5), 589-596.

Peifer, C., Schächinger, H., Engeser, S., & Antoni, C. H. (2015). Cortisol effects on flow-experience. Psychopharmacology, 232(6), 1165-1173.

Schneider, K. K., Frings, C., Meyer, J., & Schote, A. B. (2015). The Role of the Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene (NR3C1) for the Processing of Aversive Stimuli. Neuroscience Research, 107, 8-13. doi 10.1016/j.neures.2015.11.008


Chen, F. S., Schmitz, J., Domes, G., Tuschen-Caffier, B., & Heinrichs, M. (2014). Effects of acute social stress on emotion processing in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 40, 91–95.

Klaperski, S., von Dawans, B., Heinrichs, M., & Fuchs, R. (2014). Effects of a 12-week endurance training program on the physiological response to psychosocial stress in men: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of behavioral medicine, 37(6), 1118-1133.

Deuter, C. E., Best, D., Kuehl, L. K., Neumann, R., & Schächinger, H. (2014). Effects of approach-avoidance related motor behaviour on the startle response during emotional picture processing. Biological Psychology, 103, 292–296.

Larra, M. F., Schulz, A., Schilling, T. M., de Sá, D. S. F., Best, D., Kozik, B., & Schächinger, H. (2014). Heart rate response to post-learning stress predicts memory consolidation. Neurobiology of learning and memory, 109, 74-81.

Peifer, C., Schulz, A., Schächinger, H., Baumann, N., & Antoni, C. H. (2014). The relation of flow-experience and physiological arousal under stress—can u shape it?. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 62-69.

de Sá, D. S. F., Schulz, A., Streit, F. E., Turner, J. D., Oitzl, M. S., Blumenthal, T. D., & Schächinger, H. (2014). Cortisol, but not intranasal insulin, affects the central processing of visual food cues. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 50, 311-320.

Schilling, T. M., Ferreira de Sá, D. S., Westerhausen, R., Strelzyk, F., Larra, M. F., Hallschmid, M., ... & Schächinger, H. (2014). Intranasal insulin increases regional cerebral blood flow in the insular cortex in men independently of cortisol manipulation. Human brain mapping, 35(5), 1944-1956.

Schilling, T. M., Larra, M. F., Deuter, C. E., Blumenthal, T. D., & Schächinger, H. (2014). Rapid cortisol enhancement of psychomotor and startle reactions to side-congruent stimuli in a focused cross-modal choice reaction time paradigm. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24(11), 1828-1835.

Tomova, L., von Dawans, B., Heinrichs, M., Silani, G., & Lamm, C. (2014). Is stress affecting our ability to tune into others? Evidence for gender differences in the effects of stress on self-other distinction. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 43, 95-104.


Klaperski, S., von Dawans, B., Heinrichs, M., & Fuchs, R. (2013). Does the level of physical exercise affect physiological and psychological responses to psychosocial stress in women?. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14(2), 266-274.

Frings, C., Larra, M. F., Gräbener, A., Moeller, B., & Schächinger, H. (2013). Stress disrupts distractor-based retrieval of SR episodes. Biological Psychology, 93, 58–64.

Huggenberger, H. J., Suter, S. E., Blumenthal, T. D., & Schächinger, H. (2013). Maternal social stress modulates the development of prepulse inhibition of startle in infants. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 3, 84-90.

Schilling, T. M., Kölsch, M., Larra, M. F., Zech, C. M., Blumenthal, T. D., Frings, C., & Schächinger, H. (2013). For whom the bell (curve) tolls: cortisol rapidly affects memory retrieval by an inverted U-shaped dose-response relationship. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 1565–1572.

Schulz, A., Lass-Hennemann, J., Sütterlin, S., Schächinger, H., & Vögele, C. (2013). Cold pressor stress induces opposite effects on cardioceptive accuracy dependent on assessment paradigm. Biological psychology, 93(1), 167-174.

Schulz, A., Strelzyk, F., de Sá, D. S. F., Naumann, E., Vögele, C., & Schächinger, H. (2013). Cortisol rapidly affects amplitudes of heartbeat-evoked brain potentials—implications for the contribution of stress to an altered perception of physical sensations?. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(11), 2686-2693.

Walter, M., Gerber, H., Kuhl, H. C., Schmid, O., Joechle, W., Lanz, C., Schächinger, H., … & Borgwardt, S. J. (2013). Acute effects of intravenous heroin on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis response: a controlled trial. Journal of clinical psychopharmacology, 33(2), 193-198.

Wirtz, P. H., Thomas, L., Domes, G., Penedo, F. J., Ehlert, U., & Nussbeck, F. W. (2013). Psychoendocrine validation of a short measure for assessment of perceived stress management skills in different non-clinical populations. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 572–586.


Daskalakis, N. P., Oitzl, M. S., Schächinger, H., Champagne, D. L., & de Kloet, E. R. (2012). Testing the cumulative stress and mismatch hypotheses of psychopathology in a rat model of early-life adversity. Physiology & behavior, 106(5), 707-721.

Von Dawans, B., Fischbacher, U., Kirschbaum, C., Fehr, E., & Heinrichs, M. (2012). The social dimension of stress reactivity: acute stress increases prosocial behavior in humans. Psychological science, 23(6), 651-660.

Deuter, C. E., Kuehl, L. K., Blumenthal, T. D., Schulz, A., Oitzl, M. S., & Schächinger, H. (2012). Effects of cold pressor stress on the human startle response. PloS one, 7(11), e49866.

Strelzyk, F., Hermes, M., Naumann, E., Oitzl, M., Walter, C., Busch, H. P., ... & Schächinger, H. (2012). Tune it down to live it up? Rapid, nongenomic effects of cortisol on the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(2), 616-625.

Ter Horst, J. P., De Kloet, E. R., Schächinger, H., & Oitzl, M. S. (2012). Relevance of stress and female sex hormones for emotion and cognition. Cellular and molecular neurobiology, 32(5), 725-735.


Cao-Lei, L., Leija, S. C., Kumsta, R., Wüst, S., Meyer, J., Turner, J. D., & Muller, C. P. (2011). Transcriptional control of the human glucocorticoid receptor: identification and analysis of alternative promoter regions. Human genetics, 129(5), 533-543.

Chen, F. S., Kumsta, R., von Dawans, B., Monakhov, M., Ebstein, R. P., & Heinrichs, M. (2011). Common oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphism and social support interact to reduce stress in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(50), 19937-19942.

Von Dawans, B., Kirschbaum, C., & Heinrichs, M. (2011). The Trier Social Stress Test for Groups (TSST-G): A new research tool for controlled simultaneous social stress exposure in a group format. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(4), 514-522.

Lass-Hennemann, J., Kuehl, L. K., Schulz, A., Oitzl, M. S., & Schächinger, H. (2011). Stress strengthens memory of first impressions of others' positive personality traits. PloS one, 6(1), e16389.

Richter, S., Schulz, A., Zech, C. M., Oitzl, M. S., Daskalakis, N. P., Blumenthal, T. D., & Schächinger, H. (2011). Cortisol rapidly disrupts prepulse inhibition in healthy men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(1), 109-114.

Römer, S., Schulz, A., Richter, S., Lass-Hennemann, J., & Schächinger, H. (2011). Oral cortisol impairs implicit sequence learning. Psychopharmacology, 215(1), 33-40.

Schulz, A., Plein, D. E., Richter, S., Blumenthal, T. D., & Schächinger, H. (2011). Cold pressor stress affects cardiac attenuation of startle. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79(3), 385-391.

Suter, S. E., Huggenberger, H. J., Blumenthal, T. D., & Schächinger, H. (2011). Differential effect of ill-being and chronic stress on cradling behavior of first and multi-time parents. Infant Behavior and Development, 34(1), 170-178.