Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Ute Habel

  • Executive psychologist at the clinic for psychiatry, psychotherapy & psychosomatic medicine Aachen

short CV:

  • 1995 Degree in psychology, Tübingen university
  • 1998 Doctorate in Social Science, Tübingen university
  • Since 2004 at university medical center RWTH Aachen
    area of research: neuropsychological gender research
  • 2004 Approbation as psychological psychotherapist
  • 2005 Postdoctoral qualification in psychology, Vienna university
  • 2009 first calling for professorship, Aachen

Areas of research:

  • Neurobiological principals of emotion & cognition, as well as gender differences within healthy and psychiatric patients using MRI:
    Characterisation of cerebral dysfunctions of psychiatric patients and the potential  of reorganisation by means of psychotherapy and somatic intervention
  • Neuropsychologic study of emotion & cognition

Original research articles (extract)

  • Ellendt S, Voß B, Kohn N, Wagels L, Goerlich K, Drexler E, Schneider F, Habel U. Predicting stability of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): findings of a community based sample. Curr Alzheimer Res 2016; doi: 10.2174/1567205014666161213120807. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Goerlich KS, Votinov M, Lammertz SE, Winkler L, Spreckelmeyer KN, Habel U, Gründer G, Gossen A. Effects of alexithymia and empathy on the neural processing of social and monetary rewards. Brain Struct Funct 2016; doi: 10.1007/s00429-016-1339-1. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Derntl B, Habel U. Angry but not neutral faces facilitate response inhibition in schizophrenia patients. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2016; doi: 10.1007/s00406-016-0748-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Prof. Ph.D. Tor Wager

  • Director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder

short CV:

  • 1996: BA with Highest Honors, Music at Principia College, Elsah, IL
  • 1997-1998: Postgraduate Reasearch Assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1998-2003: Ph.D. candidate in Psychologie, Cognition and Perception Area at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2003: Ph.D. in Psychologie, University of Michigan
  • 2004: Assistant Professor an der Columbia University
  • 2009: Associate Professor an der Columbia Univerity
  • Since 2010: University of Colorado

Research focuses:

  • How does expectations shape responses to pain and emotional cues in the brain and body?
  • How influence cognitive and motivational factors the way in which painful stimuli and other aversive events are processed in the brain and body?

Selected Publications:

  • Wager, T.D., Atlas, L.Y., Leotti, L.A., & Rilling, J.K. (2011). Predicting individual differences in placebo analgesia: Contributions of brain activity during anticipation and pain experience. Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Atlas, L.Y., Bolger, N., Lindquist, M.A., Wager, T.D. (2010). Brain mediators of predictive cue effects on perceived pain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 12964-12977.
  • Wager, T.D., van Ast, V.A., Hughes, B.L., Davidson, M.L., Lindquist, M.A., Ochsner, K.N. (2009). Brain mediators of cardiovascular responses to social threat, Part II: Prefrontal-subcortical pathways and relationship with anxiety. Neuroimage, 47, 836-51.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Onur Güntürkün

  • Research Department of Neuroscience, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

short CV:

  • 1980: Dipolma in Psychology, University Bonn
  • 1984: Dr.phil., University Bonn (summa cum laude)
  • 1987-1988: Postdoc in the Laboratory of Prof. H.J. Karten at the University of Califorina, San Diego
  • 1992: Habilitation for Psychology
  • 1993: Associate Professor for Biopsychology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 1997: Full Professor for Biopsychology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 2006: Wilhelm-Wundt-Medal of  the German Psychology Society
  • 2013: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award

Areas of Research:

  • How are mental functions generated by neuron?
  • Cerebral asymmetry: How do lateralizations emerge in ontogeny and how do they impact on the way organisms perceive, think and act?
  • Cognitive control: analyzation of prefrontal functions with respect to working memory and decision making
  • Evolution of cognition: collection of evidence that birds and mammals have taking different but converging ways to establish equally powerful forebrain structures

Selected publication:

  • Güntürkün, O. and Ocklenburg, S., Ontogenesis of Lateralization, Neuron, 2017, 94: 249-263.
  • Schmitz, J., Metz, G. A., Güntürkün, O. and Ocklenburg, O., Beyond the genome – towards an epigenetic understanding of handedness ontogenesis, Progress in Neurobiology, 2017, 159: 69–89.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Schmitz, J., Moinfar, Z., Moser, D., Klose, R., Lor, S., Kunz, G., Tegenthoff, M., Faustmann, P., Francks, C., Epplen, J. T., Kumsta R. and Güntürkün, O., Epigenetic regulation of lateralized fetal spinal gene expression underlies hemispheric asymmetries, eLife, 2017; 6: e22784.