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Matthias Sperl (M.Sc.)

Scientific Assistant

Phone: +49 (0) 641 / 99 - 26086Matthias Sperl (M.Sc.)
Fax:      +49 (0) 641 / 99 - 26099

Office: F 205

 

Research Interests

Pathological fear and anxiety
Simultaneous EEG-fMRI integration
Noradrenergic mechanisms of fear-related processes
Imagery in fear conditioning
Expectation violations in fear extinction
Personality traits and fear conditioning/extinction

 

Curriculum Vitae

2015–2018 International Research Visits
                 (total duration: 14 months)
                 at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston/MA (USA),
                 Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research (Prof. Dr. Diego A. Pizzagalli)

2013–2016 Master of Science Psychology and PreProPsych pre-doctorate programm
                 University of Giessen

2010-2013 Bachelor of Science Psychology
                 University of Giessen

 

Publications

Göhler, A. C., Haas, J. W., Sperl, M. F. J., Hermann, C., & Winkler, A. (2021): Placebo nasal spray protects female participants from experimentally induced sadness and concomitant changes in autonomic arousal. Journal of Affective Disorders, 295, 131-138.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.037
Open Data and Open Material available online at zenodo
https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5162847

Bierwirth, P., Sperl, M. F. J., Antov, M. I., & Stockhorst, U. (in press). Prefrontal theta oscillations are modulated by estradiol-status during fear recall and extinction recall. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.02.011

Sperl, M. F. J., Wroblewski, A., Mueller, M., Straube, B., & Mueller, E. M. (2021). Learning dynamics of electrophysiological brain signals during human fear conditioning. NeuroImage, 226, 117569.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117569
Open Data and Open Material available online at zenodo
https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4294603

Mueller, E. M., Sperl, M. F. J., & Panitz, C. (2019). Aversive imagery causes de novo fear conditioning. Psychological Science, 30, 1001-1015.
https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797619842261
Open Data and Open Material available online at zenodo
https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2591593

Sperl, M. F. J., Panitz, C., Rosso, I. M., Dillon, D. G., Kumar, P., Hermann, A., Whitton, A. E., Hermann, C., Pizzagalli, D. A., & Mueller, E. M. (2019). Fear extinction recall modulates human frontomedial theta and amygdala activity. Cerebral Cortex, 29, 701–715.
https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhx353

Panitz, C., Sperl, M. F. J., Hennig, J., Klucken, T., Hermann, C., & Mueller, E. M. (2018). Fearfulness, neuroticism/anxiety, and COMT Val158Met in long-term fear conditioning and extinction. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 155, 7-20.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2018.06.001

Sperl, M. F. J., Panitz, C., Hermann, C., & Mueller, E. M. (2016). A pragmatic comparison of noise burst and electric shock US for fear conditioning research with many trials. Psychophysiology, 53, 1352-1365. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12677

 

Awards

2019 Poster Award, Research Training Group 2271 (University of Marburg),
         Hirschegg Retreat (Austria)
        
for a poster on learning dynamics of electrophysiological brain signals during human fear
         conditioning

2018 Brain Products Young Scientist Award for a Distinguished Contribution in EEG Research
        awarded by the German Society for Basic and Applied Psychophysiology (DGPA) and Brain Products
        (Munich), for the Cerebral Cortex paper on EEG-fMRI coupling in fear extinction

2017 Poster Award, Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR),
         Annual Meeting Vienna (Austria)
        
for a poster on noradrenergic mechanisms of fear conditioning

2017 Young Researcher Award
        awarded by the World Association of Stress and Anxiety Related Disorders (WASAD), for the
        Cerebral Cortex paper on EEG-fMRI coupling in fear extinction



Scholarships and Funding

2020 Research Training Group 2271, Philipps-Universität Marburg
       "Treasure Box Award" funding for a research project on expectation violations in fear extinction in
        collaboration with Karoline Körfer (University of Marburg)

2019 Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
        Research Travel Award Annual Meeting Washington/DC (USA)

2018 Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
        Research Training Fellowship for a six-month research visit at McLean Hospital/
        Harvard Medical School, Boston/MA (USA)

2016 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
        Marburg International Doctorate Travel Award Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological
        Research (SPR), Minneapolis/MN (USA)

2016 German Psychological Society (DGPs), Section for Personality Psychology and
        Psychological Diagnostics
        Scholarship for a PhD students workshop, Landau/Pfalz, contribution: “Neurobiological mechanisms
        of personality differences in fear extinction”

2015 - 2016 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
        PROMOS Scholarship for a six-month research visit at McLean Hospital/Harvard
        Medical School, Boston/MA (USA)

2015 Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
        International Travel Award Annual Meeting Seattle/WA (USA)

 

Involvement in Professional Societies

Since 2021 German Psychological Society (DGPs),
                 Division of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology

                 Deputy Representative of Young Members

Since 2017 Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
                 Chair of the International Students Subcommittee

Since 2019 Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
                 Member of the Program Committee for Annual SPR Meetings

2016–2017 Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
                 Chair of the Student Meeting Events Subcommittee
                 Vienna SPR Meeting