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Lab visit by Geert-Jan Will

Today, we had a spectacular visit by Geert-Jan Will from Utrecht University who presented his research on the computational mechanisms of self-esteem formation and its relevance for psychiatric conditions. Moreover, we took advantage of the situation (first real-life lab visit after 1.5 years) to discuss links between self-related belief formation, affect, subjectively perceived control, effort exertion, …

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New publication out in Biological Psychiatry: GOS!

“Assessment of reward-related brain function after a single-dose of oxytocin in autism: a randomized controlled trial.” Mayer et al., 2021 A long journey comes to an end! After initial discussions at Marburg University about a potential German-wide autism research net back in 2012, with the first draft being submitted in 2013, being granted the BMBF-funded …

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The neural and computational mechanisms of affected beliefs

Abstract The feedback people receive on their behavior shapes the process of belief formation and self-efficacy in mastering a given task. The neural and computational mechanisms of how the subjective value of these beliefs and corresponding affect bias the learning process are yet unclear. Here we investigate this question during learning of self-efficacy beliefs using …

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New publication on Neural processing in Narcissistic Personality Disorder out in NeuroImage: Clinical!

Reduced Frontal Cortical Tracking of Conflict between Self-Beneficial versus Prosocial Motives in Narcissistic Personality Disorder   Thanks to the great collaboration with Stefan Roepke and Aline Vater at the Universitätsmedizin Charité as well as Björn Schott at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg we are happy to announce the publication of our first paper …

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New publication on self-related learning processes out in Scientific Reports!

Self-beneficial belief updating as a coping mechanism for stress-induced negative affect.   Very cool new computational modeling paper by Nora Czekalla et al. on how stress/affect are better recovered depending on the way people integrate novel information about themselves into their self-concept. With this new data we replicate and extend earlier findings of a negativity …

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Geist & Gehirn covers “Science of cringe”

In two Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Geist & Gehirn) articles research from our group on cringe and embarrassment were covered.  First, in edition 06/2021 Frieder M. Paulus and Annalina Mayer explain why people experience embarrassment on behalf of (unrelated) others. Second, in edition 09/2021 there is an in-depth review of research on the emotion of (vicarious) …

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New clinical trial published! Randomized clinical trial shows no substantial modulation of empathy-related neural activation by intranasal oxytocin in autism

Yeah, finally – after several rounds of submissions and rejections and a year-long lasting and exhausting review process at Scientific Reports… – we are now happy to announce that our clinical trial “Randomized clinical trial shows no substantial modulation of empathy-related neural activation by intranasal oxytocin in autism.” is published. Main thanks go to Annalina V. Mayer who …

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