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Anika Pützer, MSc

Stress and Memory: For better or worse?

Acute stress triggers a highly adaptive cascade of interrelated physiological and psychological processes, which enable us to cope with the challenge we are facing. With respect to cognitive function, long-term memory processes are affected by acute stress in a complex way: Depending on several modulators, either enhanced or impaired memory performance have been reported. In this talk, I will shed light on these modulators and on the underlying mechanisms. I will introduce methods to evoke a full-blown hormonal stress reaction in human subjects and illustrate ways to combine the assessment of stress and memory in the lab.

Curriculum vitae

University Education

Since 2016:         Associate of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN), Ruhr University Bochum

2015-2016:          M.Sc. Psychology (study focus: neuroscientific psychology), Philipps-University Marburg, Thesis: “Psychobiological stress

                            reactivity and the role of anticipatory cognitive appraisal in female patients with functional somatic syndromes”

2011-2015:          B.Sc. Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg, Thesis: “Die Auswirkungen von Vasokonstriktions –und Vasodilatationstraining

                            auf das Arbeitsgedächtnis einer nicht-klinischen männlichen Stichprobe”


Professional experience

Since 2016:         research assistant at the Department of Cognitive Psychology, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Ruhr University Bochum

2015-2016:          student assistant at the Department of Clinical Biopsychology, Philipps-University Marburg

2014:                   3-month research internship at the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Research Group, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

2011-2016:         staff member of the student counselling team at the Faculty of Psychology, Philipps University Marburg

Teaching activities

SS 18, WS 18/19, SS 19:      Seminar: „Experimentalpsychologisches Praktikum: Gerüche und Emotionen“ (RUB)

WS 17/18, WS 18/19:           Seminar: „Projektorientiertes Seminar zur Vorbereitung auf die Bachelor-Arbeit“ (RUB)

SS 17:                                  Seminar “Kognition II: Sprache, Denken, Problemlösen” (RUB)

WS 16/19:                            Seminar “Kognition I: Wahrnehmung, Aufmerksamkeit, Gedächtnis“ (RUB)

WS 13/14, 14/15, 15/16:      Tutor of “Einführung in das Studium der Psychologie” (Philipps-University Marburg)

Peer-reviewed publications

Pützer, A., Otto, T., Wolf, O.T. (2019). Odors Are More Sensitive to Evaluative Conditioning than Sounds. Chemosensory Perception.

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