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DFG Research Unit 1581

Extinction Learning: Neural Mechanisms, Behavioral Manifestations, and Clinical Implications

 

Welcome to the Homepage of the DFG Research Unit 1581

We learn new information and are subsequently able to remember it. Yet, we are equally able to learn that once acquired information is no longer valid and cease to respond to it: Extinction

While the initial process of acquisition of new knowledge is well studied, the process of extinction is far less understood.

Our Research Unit is dedicated to explore the neural, the behavioral, and the clinical mechanisms of extinction in various species, including humans.

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Willkommen auf der Homepage der DFG Forschergruppe 1581

Wir sind in der Lage, neue Information zu erlernen und uns anschließend an sie zu erinnern. Wir können aber auch lernen, dass früher gelerntes Wissen nicht mehr zutrifft, sodass wir aufhören, entsprechend zu reagieren: Extinktion

Während der Lernprozess des Ersterwerbs sehr gut untersucht ist, sind die Mechanismen des Extinktionslernens bei weitem noch nicht verstanden.

Im Rahmen der Forschergruppe wollen wir die neuralen, behavioralen und klinischen Mechanismen des Extinktionslernens bei verschiedenen Spezies, inklusive dem Menschen, untersuchen.

Spokesman:

Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Onur Güntürkün
onur.guentuerkuen@rub.de

Coordinator:

Sandra Linn
extinction-learning@rub.de

 

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 ♥ of the press

  • Cooperation with dasgehirn.info
    The online magazine dasgehirn.info presents in cooperation with FOR 1581 and SFB 636 extinction learning as one of the most exciting current research topics between mind and brain. Read more
  • Don't forget...
    In everyday life we are continually confronted with situations where previously learned information is no longer valid – a phenomenon that psychologists refer to as “extinction learning”. Researchers are seeking to understand the associated mechanisms at behav- ioural, neural and clinical level, using pigeons and humans as models. In the long term this research could help us to develop better treatments for phobia patients.
    forschung 04/2014
    German research 3/2015