New preprint on individual-level & group level reliability

In this pre-print by Maren Klingelhöfer Jens, Mana Ehlers, Vincent Keynayian (BA student) and former lab member Manuel Kuhn, we target the important question of individual and group level reliability of common measures in fear conditioning reserach: skin conductance, ratings and BOLD fMRI. Bottom line: group level stability is fine, individual-level stability did not make us very happy.

We also ask the related question to what extend responding in preceding experimental phases predicts responding in later experimental phases – a highly relevant question for clinical translation! Of course we do that multiverse-style!

Bonus: Open data and code and you can do the magic to generate the manuscript from the data and code we provide! This is the lab’s 2nd manuscript written in a fully reproducibly way in R markdown! Well done team!

Symposium on Open and Reproducible Science in Psychphysiology – Challenges and Emering Solutions

Tina chaired a symposium at the (virtual) annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiology (SPR) which showcased recent examples tackling the ‘replicability’ of ‘Open and Reproducible’ science practices in psychophysiological research. Three talks (Peter Clayson, Tampa, US; Andreas Keil, Gainsville, US; Manuel Kuhn, Boston, US) focused on multiverse analyses in EEG and skin conductance, one talk focused on an inventory of open data (Tina) and one (Michael Larsson) on the open access advantage by using electrophysiological research as a case example. You can find the video of Tina virtual talk below.

All good things come in threes – new preprint III/21

The COVID 19 pandemia has slowed down our research substiantially. Now, we finally finished the third preprint in a series of manuscripts focusing on multiverse-type of analyses.

Here we focus on within-approach heterogeneity in SCR quantification through the so called “baseline-correction appraoch”. We extracted different specifications used from the literature and applied 150 different pipelines to a single data set to find out how different parameter impact the results and effect sizes. Check it out

New DFG grant!

The lab has been awarded a new DFG grant to continue our methods-focused work in the field of fear conditioning research – with a focus on different approaches to quantify skin conductance responses and an empirical investigation of implicit assumptions that underly a number of procedures in our work. The 3-year project will employ a combination of data re-analyses and new data acquisition which will be conducted by a post-doctoral researcher. Looking forward to this project!

New poster from the lab

The European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless the lab is proud that Alex put together a poster on his newly developed approach-avoidance paradigm in Virtual Reality – which is still in a pilot phase. The poster can be found on the OSF meeting page along with (a small) number of other posters. Well done, Alex!

(Virtual) welcome to Vincent

What a strange time to welcome our new full-time intern Vincent (middle, center) to the lab in the middle of the COVID-19 shut-down. The internship will be a bit different from what we initially planned but we will give our best! Happy to have you joining the lab and hoping to meet you in person during your stay (end of August)! Virtual welcome!


Pround to announce that we have finished data collection for 500 participants for our multicentric study in the context of our Collaborative Research Center on Fear, Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders. So did the Münster and Würzburg site! Credit to Karoline for data collection and Hannes for the pic.

The lab at APS in Washington DC

Tina presented some of the recent and ongoing work at the Association for Psychological Science annual meeting in Washington DC (23-26.5.2019). She was part of a symposium on “New Directions in Fear and Anxiety”.