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DFG Research Unit 1581

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


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 Yet, we are equally able to learn that once acquired information is no longer valid and cease to respond to it: Extinction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


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.


Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Onur Güntürkün


Sandra Linn



  • SFB 1280 Extinction Learning - accepted! Read more: RUB news portal / DFG press release
  • SFB Extinction Learning evaluated successfully! Read more
  • Julian Packheiser receives treasure chest-support! Read more
  • Young Scientists enjoyed a Lab Day with our colleagues at the University of Marburg. Read more
  • Adriane Icenhour received the promotional price of the Faculty of Medicine! Read more
  • A day with Michelle Craske. Read more
  • Kid came to office: With a mobile nursery we support parents who need to take their children with them to the office in short term. Read more

 ♥ of the press

  • Cooperation with
    The online magazine 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
  • E-Book on Extinction Learning
    To provide a most recent update on research on extinction learning, Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Onur Güntürkün and Oliver Wolf from the Ruhr-University came together to create an open-access Frontier Research Topic e-book.
  • 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”... forschung 04/2014
    German research 3/2015