The latest publications from our research projects can be found on Pubmed, Researchgate und Google Scholar

In the following we list a few relevant publications:


Rattel, J. A., Miedl, S. F., Grünberger, L. M., Blechert, J., Kronbichler, M., Spoormaker, V. I., & Wilhelm, F. H. (2019). Peritraumatic neural processing and intrusive memories: The role of lifetime adversity. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 4(4), 381-389. doi: 10.1007/s10608-018-9941-6.

Brueckner, A.H., Lass-Hennemann, J., Wilhelm, F.H., Ferreira de Sá, D.S., & Michael, T. (2019). Cortisol administration after extinction in a fear-conditioning paradigm with traumatic film clips prevents return of fear. Translational Psychiatry, 9(1),128. doi: 10.1038/s41398-019-0455-0.

Ferreira de Sa, D.S., Michael, T., Wilhelm, F.H., & Peyk, P. (in press). Learning to see the threat: Cortical evidence of motivated attention in social Pavlovian fear conditioning. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsy103.

Rattel, J.A., Grünberger, L.M., Reichenberger, J., Liedlgruber, M., Miedl, S.F., Blechert, J., & Wilhelm, F.H. (in press). Frequency of intrusions and appraisal of related distress after analogue trauma: a comparative ecological momentary assessment methods study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 43(1), 174-184. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2019.03.009.

Reichenberger, J., Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Liedlgruber, M., Voderholzer, U., Hillert, A., Timmer,  B., & Blechert, J. (2019). Fear of negative and positive evaluation and reactivity to social-evaluative videos in social anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 116, 140-148. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2019.03.009.  

Rattel, J. A., Wegerer, M., Grünberger, L. M., Miedl, S. F., Blechert, J., Craske, M., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2019). Peritraumatic unconditioned and conditioned responding explains sex differences in intrusions after analogue trauma. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 116, 19-29. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2019.01.009.

Schnepper, R., Richard, A., Sibrandij, L., Wilhelm, F.H., & Blechert, J. (2019). A combined mindfulness – prolonged chewing intervention reduces weight, craving and emotional eating. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(1), 106-111. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000361.  

Richard, A, Harbeck, N., Würstlein, R., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2019). Recover your smile: Effects of a beauty care intervention on depressive symptoms, quality of life, and self-esteem in breast cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 28, 401-407. doi: 10.1002/pon.4957.

Scheiber, B., Greinz, G., Hillebrand, J.B., Wilhelm, F.H., & Blechert, J.  (2019). Resilienztraining für unbegleitete minderjährige Flüchtlinge: Eine randomisiert-kontrollierte Pilotstudie. Kindheit und Entwicklung, 28(3), 1-9.


Miedl, S.F., Wegerer, M., Kerschbaum, H., Blechert, J., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2018). Neural activity during traumatic film viewing is linked to endogenous estradiol and hormonal contraception. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 87:20-26. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.10.006.

Scheuer, S., Wiggert, N., Brückl, T., Awaloff, Y., Uhr, M., Lucae, S., Kloiber, S., Holsboer, F., Ising, M., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2018).  Childhood abuse and depression in adulthood: the mediating role of allostatic load. Pyschoneuroendocrinology, 94, 134-142.doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.04.020.

Miedl, S.F., Blechert, J., Meule, A., Richard, A., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2018). Suppressing images of desire: Neural correlates of chocolate-related thoughts in high and low trait chocolate cravers. Appetite, 126, 128-136. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.03.004.

Meuret, A.E., Ritz, T., Wilhelm, F.H., Roth, W.T. & Rosenfield, D. (2018). Hypoventilation therapy alleviates panic by repeated induction of dyspnea. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Feb 3. pii: S2451-9022(18)30024-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2018.01.010.

Cabrieto, J., Tuerlinckx, F., Kuppens, P., Wilhelm, F.H., Liedlgruber, M., & Ceulemans, E. (2018). Capturing correlation changes by applying kernel change point detection on the running correlations. Information Sciences, 447, 117-139.

Schumacher, S., Oe, M., Wilhelm, F.H., Rufer, M., Heinrichs, M., Weidt, S., Moergeli, H. & Martin-Soelch, C. (2018). Does trait anxiety influence effects of oxytocin on eye-blink startle reactivity? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. PLoS ONE, 13(1):e0190809. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190809.

Reichenberger, J. Kuppens, P, Liedlgruber, M., Wilhelm, F.H., Tiefengrabner, M., Ginzinger, S., & Blechert, J. (2018). No haste, more taste: An EMA study of the effects of stress, negative and positive emotions on eating behavior. Biological Psychology, 131, 54-62. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.09.002.


Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Boger, S., Georgii, C., Klimesch, W., & Blechert, J. (2017). Social Pavlovian conditioning: short- and long-term effects and the role of anxious and depressive symptoms. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(2), 329-339. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw128.

Wilhelm, F.H., Rattel, J., Wegerer, M., Liedlgruber, M., Schweighofer, S., Kreibig, S.D., Kolodyazhniy, V., & Blechert, J. (2017). Attend or defend? Sex differences in behavioral, autonomic, and respiratory response patterns to emotion-eliciting films. Biological Psychology, 130, 30-40.  doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.10.006.

Rattel, J., Miedl, S.F., Blechert, J., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2017). Higher threat avoidance costs reduce avoidance behaviour which in turn promotes fear extinction. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 96, 37-46. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2016.12.010.

Werner, G.G, Ford, B.Q., Mauss, I.B., Schabus, M., Blechert, J., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2017). Cardiac vagal control and depressive symptoms: the moderating role of sleep quality. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 15, 451-465. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2016.1150280.

Huhn, E.A., Mueller, M.I., Meyer, A.H., Manegold-Brauer, G., Holzgreve, W., Hoesli, I., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2017). Quality predictors of abdominal fetal electrocardiography recording in antenatal ambulatory and bedside settings. Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, 41(4), 283-292. doi: 10.1159/000448946.

Blechert, J., Liedlgruber, M., Lender, H., Reichenberger, J., Wilhelm, F.H. (2017). Unobtrusive electromyography-based eating detection in daily life: a new tool to address underreporting? Appetite, 118,168-173. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.08.008.

Winzeler, K., Voellmin, A., Hug, E., Kirmse, U., Princip, M., Cajochen, C., Bader, K., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2017). Adverse childhood experiences and autonomic regulation in response to acute stress: the role of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 30(2),145-154. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2016.1238076.

Reichenberger, J., Eibl, J., Pfaltz, M., Wilhelm, F.H., Voderholzer, U., Hillert, A., & Blechert, J. (2017). Don't praise me, don't chase me: Emotional reactivity to positive and negative social-evaluative videos in patients with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 31(1), 75-89. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2016_30_238.

Reichenberger, J. Wiggert, N., Agroskin, D., Wilhelm, F.H., & Blechert, J. (2017). No praise, please: Depressive symptoms, reactivity to positive social interaction, and fear of positive evaluation. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 54, 186-194. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.08.007.


Miedl, S.F., Blechert, J., Klackl, J., Wiggert, N., Reichenberger, J., Derntl, B., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2016). Criticism hurts everybody, praise only some: Common and specific neural responses to approving and disapproving social-evaluative videos. NeuroImage, 132, 138-147. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.02.027.

Mutschler, I., Ball, T., Kirmse, U., Wieckhorst, B., Pluess, M., Klarhöfer, M., Meyer, A.H., Wilhelm, F.H., & Seifritz, E. (2016). The role of the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala in environmental sensitivity to infant crying. PloS ONE, 11(8), e0161181. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161181. eCollection 2016.

Blechert, J., Peyk, P., Liedlgruber, M., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2016).  ANSLAB: Integrated multi-channel peripheral biosignal processing in psychophysiological science. Behavior Research Methods, 48(4),1528-1545. DOI:10.3758/s13428-015-0665-1.

Blechert, J., Klackl, J., Miedl, S., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2016). To eat or not to eat: Effects of food availability on reward system activity during food picture viewing. Appetite, 99, 254-261. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.006.

Oe, M., Schumacher, S., Schnyder, U., Mueller-Pfeiffer, C., Wilhelm, F.H., Kuelen, E., & Martin-Soelch, C. (2016). Discriminative evaluative conditioning in the long-term after severe accidental injury. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 240, 144-150. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.04.022.

Schwarz, M., Reichenberger, J., Schwitalla, M., König, D., Wilhelm, F.H., Voderholzer, U., Hillert, A., & Blechert, J. (2016). Furcht vor positiver sozialer Bewertung: Übersetzung und Validierung einer deutschsprachigen Version der FPES [Fear of Positive Evaluation: Translation and Validation of a German Version of the FPES]. Diagnostica, 62(3), 157-168.

Reichenberger, J., Schwarz, M., König, D., Wilhelm, F.H., Voderholzer, U., Hillert, A., & Blechert, J. (2016). Angst vor negativer sozialer Bewertung: Übersetzung und Validierung der Furcht vor negativer Evaluation – Kurzskala (FNE-K) [Translation of the Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale – Revised (BFNE-R) and Validation of the German Version (FNE-K)]. Diagnostica, 62(3), 169-181.

Vriends, N., Bolt, O.C., Meral, Y., Meyer, A.H., Bögels, S., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2016). Does self-focused attention in social anxiety depend on self-construal? Evidence from a probe detection time paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(1), 18-30.

Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Nakajima, M., & al’Absi, M. (2016). Chronic smoking, trait anxiety, and the physiological response to stress. Substance Use and Misuse, 51(12),1619-1628. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1191511.

Blechert, J., Testa, G., Georgii, C., Klimesch, W., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2016). The Pavlovian craver: Neural and experiential correlates of single trial naturalistic food conditioning in humans. Physiology & Behavior, 158,18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.02.028.


Wurtz, H., El-Khoury-Malhame, M., Wilhelm, F.H., Michael, T., Beetz, E.M., Roques, J., Reynaud, E., Julien, C., Khalfa, S., & Herry, C. (2015). Preventing long-lasting fear recovery using bilateral alternating sensory stimulation: a translational study. Neuroscience, 321, 222-235. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.06.012.

Werner, G.G., Schabus, M., Blechert, J., Kolodyazhniy, V., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2015). Pre- to postsleep change in psychophysiological reactivity to emotional films: late-night REM sleep is associated with attenuated emotional processing. Psychophysiology, 52(6), 813-825. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12404.

Pfaltz, M.C., Kolodyazhniy, V., Blechert, J., Margraf, J., Grossman, P., Wilhelm, F.H. (2015). Metabolic decoupling in daily life in patients with panic disorder and agoraphobia. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 68, 377-383. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2015.04.02.  

Werner, G.G, Ford, B.Q., Mauss, I.B., Blechert, J., Schabus, M., & Wilhelm, F.H. (2015). High cardiac vagal control is related to better subjective and objective sleep quality. Biological Psychology, 106, 79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.02.004.

Giese-Davis, J., Wilhelm, F.H., Tamagawa, R., Palesh, O., Neri, E., Taylor, C.B., Kraemer, H.C., & Spiegel, D. (2015). Higher vagal activity as related to survival in patients with advanced breast cancer: an analysis of autonomic dysregulation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(4), 346-355. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000167.

Voellmin, A., Winzeler, K., Hug, E., Wilhelm, F.H., Schaefer, V., Gaab, J., La Marca, R., Pruessner, J.C., & Bader, K. (2015). Blunted endocrine and cardiovascular reactivity in young healthy women reporting a history of childhood adversity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 51, 58-67. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2014.09.008.

Kleim, B., Wilhelm, F.H., Temp, L., Margraf, J., Wiederhold, B.K., & Rasch, B. (2015). Simply avoiding reactivating fear memory after exposure therapy may help to consolidate fear extinction memory - a reply. Psychological Medicine, 45, 887-888. doi: 10.1017/S0033291714001822.

Wiggert, H., Wilhelm, F.H., Derntl, B., & Blechert, J. (2015). Gender differences in experiential and facial reactivity to approval and disapproval during emotional social interactions. Frontiers in Psychology – Section Emotion Science, 6, 1372. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01372.

Kalebasi, N., Kuehlen, E., Schnyder, U., Schumacher, S., Mueller-Pfeiffer, C., Wilhelm, F.H., Athilingam, J., Moergeli, H., & Martin-Soelch, C. (2015). Blunted responses to reward in remitted posttraumatic stress disorder. Brain and Behavior, 5(8), e00357. doi: 10.1002/brb3.357.

Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Reichenberger, J., & Blechert, J. (2015). Exposure to social-evaluative video clips: Neural, facial-muscular, and experiential responses and the role of social anxiety. Biological Psychology, 110, 59-67. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.07.008.

Pfaltz, M.C., Moerstedt, B., Wilhelm, F.H., Meyer, A.H., Kossowsky, J., & Michael, T. (2015). Why can't I stop thinking about it? Cognitive mediators of the relationship between neuroticism and obsessing. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 74(2), 75-82. doi/10.1024/1421-0185/a000150.

Kirsch, V., Wilhelm, F.H., & Goldbeck, L. (2015). Psychophysiological characteristics of pediatric posttraumatic stress disorder during script-driven traumatic imagery. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 6, 25471. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v6.25471.

Reichenberger, J. Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Weeks, J.W., & Blechert, J. (2015). „Don't put me down but don't be too nice to me either”: fear of positive vs. negative evaluation and responses to positive vs. negative social-evaluative films. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 164-169.

Blechert, J., Wilhelm, F.H., Williams, H. Braams, B.R., Jou, J., & Gross, J.J. (2015). Reappraisal facilitates extinction in healthy and socially anxious individuals. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 141-150.

Pfaltz, M., Schumacher, S., Wilhelm, F.H., Dammann, G., Seifritz, E., & Martin-Sölch, C. (2015). Acoustic emotional processing in patients with borderline personality disorder: hyper- or hyporeactivity? Journal of Personality Disorders, 24, 1-19. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2015_29_176.