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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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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)!

Frontiers Special Issue on “The Social Side of Gilles-de-la-Tourette Syndrome”

For a long time, Gilles-de-la-Tourette Syndrome (GTS) has been considered a motor disorder characterized by its dominant features of vocal and motor tics. Neuroscientific research on GTS has accordingly focused on dysfunctional motor and motor control brain networks, most prominently the frontostriatal circuitry. Some of the most prominent features of GTS are, however, inherently social by …

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New DFG-funded project in our group!

Dr. Laura Müller-Pinzler was granted an “Eigene Stelle” by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for three years to study how people form beliefs about themselves and how this relates to social anxiety. We are highly excited to see this and other projects on the neural mechanisms of social learning about the self to continue!

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