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Selected Key Publications

Oxytocin Increases Trust

Kosfeld, M.*, Heinrichs, M.*, Zak, P., Fischbacher, U. & Fehr, E. (2005). Oxytocin increases trust in humans. Nature, 435, 673-676. (* shared first authorship)


Neurohormones and
the Social Brain

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Nature Podcast

Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Domes, G., Kirsch., P. & Heinrichs, M. (2011). Oxytocin and vasopressin in the human brain: social neuropeptides for translational medicine. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 12, 524-538.


Testosterone and
Social Behavior


Eisenegger, C., Naef, M., Snozzi, R., Heinrichs, M. & Fehr, E. (2010). Prejudice and truth about the effect of testosterone on human bargaining behaviour. Nature, 463, 356-359.


Testosterone and Cooperation

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Eisenegger, C., Naef, M., Snozzi, R., Heinrichs, M. & Fehr, E. (2012). New evidence on testosterone and cooperation. Nature, 485, 5-6.




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Chen, F. S.*, Kumsta, R.*, von Dawans, B., Monakhov, M., Ebstein, R. P. & Heinrichs, M. (2011). Common oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphism and social support interact to reduce stress in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 108, 19937-19942. (* shared first authorship)
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Stress and Social Behavior


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Interview with Prof. Heinrichs

von Dawans, B., Fischbacher, U., Kirschbaum, C., Fehr, E. & Heinrichs, M. (2012).
The social dimension of stress reactivity: acute stress increases prosocial behavior in humans.
Psychological Science
, 23, 651-660.


Eye Contact and Persuasion



Chen, F. S., Minson, J. A., Schöne, M. & Heinrichs, M. (2013).
In the eye of the beholder: eye contact increases resistance to persuasion.
Psychological Science, 24, 2254-2261.

New Perspectives for Treatment of Schizophrenia

Drug Discovery



Millan, M. J., Andrieux, A., Bartzokis, G., Cadenhead, K., Dazzan, P., Fusar-Poli, P., Gallinat, J., Giedd, J., Grayson, D. R., Heinrichs, M., Kahn, R., Krebs, M. O., Leboyer, M., Lewis, D., Marin, O., Marin, P., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., McGorry, P., McGuire, P., Owen, M. J., Patterson, P., Sawa, A., Spedding, M., Uhlhaas, P., Vaccarino, F., Wahlestedt, C. & Weinberger, D. (2016). Altering the course of schizophrenia: progress and perspectives. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, 15, 485-515.


Stress and Stress Coping

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Stächele, T., Heinrichs, M. & Domes, G. (2020). Ratgeber Stress und Stressbewältigung [Guide to Stress and Stress Coping]. Göttingen: Hogrefe.


Genetics of Oxytocin Sensitivity

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Chen, F. S., Kumsta, R., Dvorak, F., Domes, G., Yim, O.-S., Ebstein, R. P. & Heinrichs, M. (2015). Genetic modulation of oxytocin sensitivity: a pharmacogenetic approach. Translational Psychiatry, 5, e664.

Stress Coping in Psychotherapy and Medicine

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Heinrichs, M., Stächele, T. & Domes, G. (2015). Stress und Stressbewältigung [Stress and Stress Coping]. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
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Social Hormones in the Human Brain

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Heinrichs, M., Chen, F. S. & Domes, G. (2013). Social neuropeptides in the human brain: oxytocin and social behavior. In S. Baron-Cohen, H. Tager-Flusberg & M. Lombardo (Eds.), Understanding other minds (3rd ed.) (pp. 291-307). Oxford: Oxyford University Press.

Social Stress and Social Approach

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Heinrichs, M., Chen, F. S., Domes, G. & Kumsta, R. (2013). Social stress and social approach. In J. Armony & P. Vuilleumier (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Human Affective Neuroscience (pp. 509-532). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Oxytocin and Psychobiological Therapy

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Heinrichs, M., Chen, F. S. & Domes, G. (2012). Oxytocin. In S. G. Hofmann (Ed.), Psychobiological approaches for anxiety disorders: treatment combination strategies (pp. 123-143). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Oxytocin, Vasopressin
and Social Behavior


Heinrichs, M., von Dawans, B. & Domes, G. (2009). Oxytocin, vasopressin, and human social behavior. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 30, 548-557.


Cortisone Reduces
Phobic Fear



Soravia, L. M., Heinrichs, M., Aerni, A., Maroni, C., Schelling, G., Ehlert, U., Roozendaal, B. & de Quervain, D. J.-F. (2006). Glucocorticoids reduce phobic fear in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 103, 5585-5590.


Oxytocin, Trust
and Brain Activity



Baumgartner, T., Heinrichs, M., Vonlanthen, A., Fischbacher, U. & Fehr, E. (2008). Oxytocin shapes the neural circuitry of trust and trust adaptation in humans. Neuron, 58, 639-650.


Risk Factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder



Heinrichs, M., Wagner, D., Schoch, W., Soravia, L. M., Hellhammer, D. H. & Ehlert, U. (2005). Predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms from pretraumatic risk factors: A 2-year prospective follow-up study in firefighters. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 2276-2286.


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