The goal of our research is to achieve a better understanding of both inter- and intraindividual differences in human behavior, cognition and emotional processing. In our projects we are currently examining how bioactive steroids influence physiological processes in the human brain and how they promote sex differences in brain function and behavior. Our special focus lies on the link between endocrine processes and adaptive decision-making as well as the functionality of the mesolimbic dopamine system and associated prefrontal structures.
How do hormones impact on brain activity, cognitive abilities and behavior in general? And how do sex dimorphic strategies in mate choice depend on differences in endocrine and neurophysiological parameters in particular?
We employ different psychophysiological methods (fMRI, EEG and GSR) to answer these questions and to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms that shape human behavior and enable cognitive flexibility and adaptive decision-making.
Through participation in experiments, the research laboratory offers students active insights into everyday research life.