Chronic psychosocial stress makes sick, whereas physical stress is beneficial for both physical and mental health. We put 20 healthy young men under stress both psychosocially using TSST and physically on the treadmill.
Developmental Embodiment Research studies biologically embedded experiences underlying the development, maintenance, and regulation of loss of psychological functions throughout the lifespan.
There is evidence that aversive life events leave epigenetic traces in the DNA. Therefore, DNA methylation has been increasingly examined in the context of psychiatric and / or behavioral studies in recent years.
The Duisburg Birth Cohort Study is a prospective-longitudinal study that aims to investigate the long-term effects of prenatal low-dose exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on child and adolescence development.
Environmental sensitivity describes an individual's responsivity to developmental conditions throughout the lifespan. We are interested in how individuals differ in their degree of environmental sensitivity along a continuum.
Learning is difficult, forgetting is sometimes even much harder. Unlearning, relearning or extinction learning – these all belong to what we would generally call forgetting and what is the subject of our research.
MicroRNAs could have an immense influence in the development of complex personality traits and psychiatric illnesses, since a single microRNA can regulate many different genes in their expression.
Neuroepigenetic mechanisms contribute to neuronal cell differentiation, brain development, and the regulation of synaptic activity. We are particularly interested in neuroepigenetic mechanisms underlying the stress response and sensory function.
Being exposed to violence and maltreatment as a child is a well-documented risk factor for abnormal development. Children of mothers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are at a particularly high risk of experiencing violence and maltreatment.
The Department of Genetic Psychology was established in October 2013. We are interested in how genetic and environmental factors work together to shape the course of human development. Particular focus of our research concerns the long-term consequences of exposures to adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse and neglect or growing up in institutions.
Using a range of methods, including the study of genetic variation, gene expression patterns and epigenetics, as well as the characterization of stress physiology, we are trying to understand how psychosocial experiences become biologically embedded and influence developmental trajectories and outcomes across the life-span.
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As of May 2021 Prof. Dr. Robert Kumsta accepted a position as Full Professor of Biopsychology at the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences at the Université du Luxembourg.