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Meta-analysis of fMRI studies using the Social Incentive Delay (SID) task accepted at Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews!

Together with colleagues from King’s College London, University of Oxford, Virginia Tech, Temple University, University Medical Center Groningen and the University of Amsterdam Lena Rademacher published a new meta-analysis of functional MRI studies using the social incentive delay (SID) paradigm (see Spreckelmeyer et al., 2009; Rademacher et al., 2010).    Check out the publication here: …

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Successful defense by Dr. med. Banafsche Sayyad!

After several years, next to working as a physician at the Klinikum Neukölln (Berlin) in the field of neurology, Banafsche Sayyad has finally finished her MD in our lab! Congratulations!  In her thesis, Banafsche examined how “sex/gender” is operationalised in functional MRI research and what consequences and implications such operationalisations carry. Therefore Banafsche analysed 34 …

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The effect of REM sleep suppression on next-morning brain function during social exclusion – new publication in Scientific Reports

With strong effort and methodological expertise from David S. Stolz and Robert Glosemeyer, but also many other colleagues, we have finally managed to publish our sleep study data dating back to our time at Marburg University (2010-2015). Using polysomnography and next-morning fMRI we show that selective suppression of REM sleep impacts amygdala activity and connectivity during a classic social …

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The different faces of sickness

Together with Jennifer Hundt (Lübeck), Tanja Lange (Lübeck), Harald Engler (Essen), Julie Lasselin (Stockholm) and Binka Karshikoff (Stockholm), Lena Rademacher from the Social Neuroscience Lab published an new Frontiers Research Topic which now is open for submissions. The Research Topic focuses on immune-driven sickness behavior and its social and communicative side. Articles that either highlight …

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New metric in the house! The Cuckoo-index as a measure of a scientist’s efficiency and assertiveness

We are happy to announce the open-contribution publication of a new research metric: The c-index Abstract: The Cuckoo-index (c-index) is a new index that attempts to measure both the effectivity and the savviness of a scientist. The index is based on the number of publications of the scientist as author on original research manuscripts without …

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The pursuit of pride

If people master a challenging task, they experience positive emotions. A recent study from our lab finds that the emotional response is shaped by how much people think they are personally responsible for an achievement and characterizes brain activity associated with receiving outcomes in controllable environments. Experiencing events as controllable is essential for human well-being. …

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Learning about own and others’ performance beliefs – new paper published in Scientific Reports!

We are very happy to share that our paper “Negativity-bias in forming beliefs about own abilities” has been published. In this team effort, led by Laura Müller-Pinzler, we introduce a novel social learning paradigm, the LOOP (“learning of own performance” task), that mimics everyday life performance situations. Inferring prediction error (PE) learning rates by fitting computational …

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Funding by Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation

Dr. Lena Rademacher received funding by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation to study the interaction of cortisol, oxytocin and the dopaminergic reward system in alcohol addiction. We are looking forward to start this very ambitious collaboration together with Prof. Dr. Schmid (Department of Internal Medicine I) and Prof. Dr. Junghanns (Department of Psychiatry)!

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