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.

new research intern

Welcome to our new research intern Sabrina Illius who joins us from the University of Trier. We are happy to have Sabrina work with us for a full time internship until February 2020!

New preprint: How to not get lost in the garden of forking paths: Lessons learned from human fear conditioning research regarding exclusion criteria

This topic has been on my mind for quite some years now. We, as a team of authors from different labs across Europe, present a systmatic literature search, forking path analyses with respect to exclusion criteria for ‘non-learner’ and ‘non-responder’. We also provide illustrative case examples on the potential danger of performance-based participant exclusion as well as clear recommendations on how to not get lost in the garden of forking path regarding exclusion criteria. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

The lab at PUG 2019 in Dresden

Tina attended the 2019 annual conference “Psychology and Brain” in beautiful Dresden. Tina chaired a  symposium on meta-research (see picture). You can find my talk and poster on Extinction retention at OSF.

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”. 

European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning 2019

The whole group attended the European meeting on Human Fear Conditioning in Würburg, Germany from May 6th to May 8th! We enjoyed two intense and inspiring poster sessions themed “From Fear to Beer” and “the return of Fear and Beer” – yet most of us chose local franconian wine over bear.

Rachel presented a poster on experimental boundary conditions in fear reinstatement in humans – great work using Bayesian Statistics and illustrated by raincloud plots.

Manuel and Maren had prepared a poster showing the first results of our prospective, longitudinal study on the impact of life adversity on fear conditioning, extinction and return of fear. A massive study with N=120 in which particpants underwent a 2-day paradigm at baseline and after 6 month. The study is still ongoing as participants are followed up by questionnaires regularly.

Tina gave a talk presenting a summay of meta-research done in the context of the EIFEL-ROF network during the past years. The slides are available online at OSF. I was overwhelmed by the postive, encouraging and appreciative feedback on this work – particularly by Early Career Researchers.