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Upcoming Events

Workshop: HRV - basic concepts und analysis approaches

HRV is a powerful way to learn about autonomic regulation. Different methods are used to extract information about heartbeat variability from ECG or pulse sensor data. André Schulz (University of Luxembourg) will give an introduction to the main concepts and analysis approaches. All interested persons, PhD students and post-doctoral students of the ICAN, psychology and related disciplines are welcome. We are looking forward to your coming!

Date: CANCELLED - We will inform you about an alternate date as soon as possible!
Location: Johanniterufer 15, JU3.140
Speaker: Prof. Dr. André Schulz (University of Luxembourg)
Registration: Write an Email to icanuni-trierde



ICAN receives funding from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate for MRI head-coil

At ICAN, Trier University and the Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Brüder Trier are working together to research the neuronal basis of human experience and action. Among other things, they are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the Center for Radiology at the Hospital of the Brüderkrankenhaus. The researchers can now add a 32-channel head coil to the equipment there with the help of funding from the Rhineland-Palatinate state research fund. This enables high-resolution images of the head.

Past Events

ICAN Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Room K 101 at Campus II of Trier University


Thanks to all guests for the great interest in out work and many pleasant and informative conversations during the poster exhibition!

And special thanks to Prof. Eckkrammer and Prof. Jäckel for their heartfelt greetings, to Prof. Winfried Willinek, Prof. Sebastian Jud, Prof. Robert Kumsta, Prof. Stefanie Jung, Prof. Klaus Koch, and Prof. Yana Fandakova for the gripping presentations of the partner organizations, and finally, to all the helping hands that made the opening event possible!

Here you find the related press release of Trier University!

Here you find the report from Ärzteblatt!

And here some impressions from the event:

Redner*innen bei der ICAN Eröffnung
Begrüßung durch Prof. Frings und Dr. Geißler
ICAN Merch
Gesprächsrunde beim Stehempfang

City Campus 2023

City Campus (Friday, September 29th, 2023, 4:00 – 12:00 pm, Domfreihof Trier)

Here some impressions of a great day at the City Campus 2023!
Thanks to everyone who was curious about neuroscience and stopped by to check it out.

And thank you to Christoph, Yana, Siri, Lisa, Thorsten, Luisa, Christian, ... for organizing the ICAN booth!!! Great job.

Logo City Campus 2023

Workshop: Scientific Writing

Date: July 12th, 2023, 5.00 - 8.00 pm
Location: D435 Campus 1
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Frings
Registration: Write an Email to

Recent Publications

Prochnow, A., Mückschel, M., Eggert, E., Senftleben, J., Frings, C., Münchau, A., Roessner, V., Bluschke, A., Beste, C. (in press). The ability to voluntarily regulate theta band activity affects how pharmacological manipulation of the catecholaminergic system impacts cognitive control. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Friehs, M., Schmalbrock, P., Merz, S., Dechant, M., Hartwigsen, G., & Frings, C. (in press). A touching advantage: cross-modal stop-signals improve reactive response inhibition. Experimental Brain Research.

Frings*, C., Beste*, C., Benini*, E., Möller*, M., Dignath, D., Giesen, C., Hommel, B., Kiesel, A., Koch, I., Kunde, W., Mayr, S., Mocke, V., Moeller, B., Münchau, A., Parmar, J., Pastötter, B., Pfister, R., Philipp, A., Qiu, R., ... Schmalbrock, P. (in press). Consensus definitions of perception-action-integration in action control. Communications Psychology. *shared first authorship.

Eder, A.B., Krishna, A., Giesen, C.G., & Frings, C. (in press). Episodic binding of approach-avoidance-goals to stimuli: On the microgenesis of stimulus-motivated action tendencies to approach and avoid. Motivation Science.

Meyerhoff, H.S., Gehrer, N.A., & Frings, C. (in press). The beep-speed illusion cannot be explained with a simple selection bias. Experimental Psychology.

Selimi, S., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (in press). Separated hands further response-response binding effects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Schöpper, L.-M., Hoffmann, R., & Frings, C. (in press). Another dimension! Using dimension weighting to observe integration and retrieval in localization performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Theeuwes, J., Huang, C., Frings, C., & van Moorselaar, D. (in press). Statistical Learning of motor preparation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Frings, C., Foerster, A., Moeller, B., Pastötter, B., & Pfister, R. (in press). The relation between learning and stimulus-response binding. Psychological Review.

Wagener, G. L., Schulz, A., & Melzer, A. (2024). Games, hormones, and “dark” personalities: Dark Tetrad and the effects of violent gaming on aggression, cortisol, and testosterone. Physiology & Behavior, 274, 114421.

Haase, L., Vehlen, A., Strojny, J., & Domes, G. (2024). Effects of menstrual cycle phase and ovulation on the salivary cortisol awakening response. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 160, 106669.

Schöpper, L.-M., & Frings, C. (2024). Responding, fast and slow: Visual detection and localization performance is unaffected by retrieval. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, , 86(1),171-185.

Neumann, R., & Schneider, L. J. (2024). What is in a smile: The role of evaluation goal and response labels in facial muscle responses to prejudiced groups. Psychophysiology, 00, e14518.

He, Q., Geißler, C. F., Ferrante, M., Hartwigsen, G., & Friehs, M. A. (2024). Effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation on reactive response inhibition. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 157, 105532.

Geissler, C. F.*, Schöpper, L.-M.*, Engesser, A. F., Beste, C., Münchau, A., & Frings, C. (2024). Turning the light switch on binding: Prefrontal activity for binding and retrieval in action control. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 36(1), 95-106. *shared first-authorship.

Publications 2023

Desmedt, O., Corneille, O., Luminet, O., Maurage, P., Vögele, C., & Schulz, A. (2023). Do schulz et al.’s (2021) findings support the validity of The heartbeat counting task? joint conclusion to commentaries. Biological Psychology, 184, 108694.

Geissler, C.*, Gauselmann, P.*, Jilek, C., Maus, H., Frings C., & Tempel, T. (2023).  A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study on the prefrontal correlates of cognitive offloading via a personal knowledge assistant. Scientific Reports, 13, 13938. *shared first-authorship.

Geissler, C. F., Friehs, M. A., Frings, C., & Domes, G. (2023). Time-dependent effects of acute stress on working memory performance: A systematic review and hypothesis. Psychoneuroendocrinology148, 105998.

Nebe, S., Reutter, M., Baker, D. H., Bölte, J., Domes, G., Gamer, M., Gärtner, A., Gießing, C., Mann, C. G., Hilger, K., Jawinski, P., Kulke, L., Lischke, A., Markett, S., Meier, M., Merz, C. J., Popov, T., Puhlmann, L., Quintana, D. S., … Feld, G. (2023). Enhancing Precision in Human Neuroscience.

Pastötter, B., & Frings, C. (2023). Prestimulus alpha power signals attention to retrieval. European Journal of Neuroscience, 58, 4328-4340.

Pfister, R., Schwarz, K. A., Holzmann, P., Reis, M., Yogeeswaran, K., & Kunde, W. (2023). Headlines win elections: Mere exposure to fictitious news media alters voting behavior. PLOS ONE, 18(8).

Reis, M., Foerster, A., Zettler, I., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (2023). Sticky tradition impedes selection of creative ideas. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Reis, M., Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2023). The action-dynamics of dark creativity. SSRN Electronic Journal.

Schulz, A., Larra, M. F., Vögele, C., Kölsch, M., & Schächinger, H. (2023). The relationship between self-reported chronic stress, physiological stress axis dysregulation and medically-unexplained symptoms. Biological Psychology, 183, 108690.

Schulz, A., Welsch, S.-K., Etringer, S., Hansen, G., Milbert, L., Schneider, J., Taddei, G., Gomez Bravo, R., Lygidakis, C., van Dyck, Z., Lutz, A., Wilmes, P., & Vögele, C. (2023). Lower gastric sensitivity in quiescent inflammatory bowel disease than in irritable bowel syndrome. Physiology & Behavior, 270, 114293.

Schulz, A., & Vögele, C. (2023). Why Desmedt et al.’s commentary does not apply to the findings of Schulz et al. (2021) concerning the validity of The heartbeat counting task. Biological Psychology, 184, 108689.

Schwarze, S. A., Laube, C., Khosravani, N., Lindenberger, U., Bunge, S. A., & Fandakova, Y. (2023). Does prefrontal connectivity during task switching help or Hinder Children’s performance? Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 60, 101217.

Schwarze, S. A., Bonati, S., Cichy, R. M., Lindenberger, U., Bunge, S. A., & Fandakova, Y. (2023). Task-Switch Related Reductions in Neural Distinctiveness in Children and Adults: Commonalities and Differences.

Schwarze, S. A., Laube, C., Khosravani, N., Lindenberger, U., Bunge, S. A., & Fandakova, Y. (2023a). Does prefrontal connectivity during task switching help or Hinder Children’s performance? Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 60, 101217.

Schwarze, S. A., Laube, C., Khosravani, N., Lindenberger, U., Bunge, S. A., & Fandakova, Y. (2023b). Intensive Task-Switching Training and Single-Task Training Differentially Affect Behavioral and Neural Manifestations of Cognitive Control in Children.