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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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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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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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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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 (1-7).

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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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.


Guide to Conducting the
Trier Social Stress Test

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Labuschagne, I., Grace, C., Rendell, P., Terrett, G. & Heinrichs, M. (2019). An introductory guide to conducting the Trier Social Stress Test. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 107, 686-695.


Oxytocin, Empathy, and
Borderline Personality Disorder

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Domes, G., Ower, N., von Dawans, B., Spengler, F. B., Dziobek, I., Bohus, M., Matthies, S., Philipsen, A. & Heinrichs, M. (2019). Effects of intranasal oxytocin administration on empathy and approach motivation in women with borderline personality disorder: a randomized trial. Translational Psychiatry, 9, 328 (1-9).

Oxytocin and
Resting EEG Networks
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Schiller, B., Koenig, T. & Heinrichs, M. (2019). Oxytocin modulates the temporal dynamics of resting EEG networks. Scientific Reports, 9, 13418 (1-9).


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.


Biological Foundations
of Psychotherapy
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Kirschbaum, C., Domschke, K. & Heinrichs, M. (2020). Biopsychologische Grundlagen. In J. Hoyer & S. Knappe (Hrsg.), Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, (3. Aufl.) (S. 213-243). Berlin: Springer.


Self-Control and
Stable Neuronal Processes

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Kleinert, T., Nash, K., Leota, J., Koenig, T., Heinrichs, M. & Schiller, B. (2022). A self-controlled mind is reflected by stable mental processing. Psychological Science, 33, 2123-2137.


Emotion Recognition from
Body and Facial Expressions
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Lott, L. L., Spengler, F. B., Stächele, T., Schiller, B. & Heinrichs, M. (2022). EmBody/EmFace as a new open tool to assess emotion recognition from body and face expressions. Scientific Reports, 12, 14165 (1-13).


Prosocial Role of
Oxytocin in Diabetes Insipidus

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Atila, C., Holze, F., Murugesu, R., Rommers, N., Hutter, N., Varghese, N., Sailer, C. O., Eckert, A., Heinrichs, M., Liechti, M. E. & Christ-Crain, M. (2023). Oxytocin in response to MDMA provocation test in patients with arginine vasopressin deficiency (central diabetes insipidus): a single-centre, case-control study with nested, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 11, 454-464.


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