Kognitionspsychologie - Cognitive Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dr. Shira Meir Drexler

Ruhr-University Bochum
Department of Cognitive Psychology
44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: GAFO 02/381
Phone: +49 234 32 22668
Fax: +49 234 32 14308
E-Mail: Shira.MeirDrexler@rub.de


Curriculum Vitae

 

research interests

  • Anxiety disorders and PTSD
  • Stress and glucocorticoids
  • Fear conditioning
  • Memory reconsolidation

 

Research skills

  • Skin conductance
  • Fear conditioning (humans and rodents)
  • Stress induction (humans and rodents)
  • Rodent telemetry systems
  • Animal behavioral paradigms

 

professional experience

2016-present
Postdoctoral research assistant
Department of Cognitive Psychology
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

2012-2016
Research assistant
Department of Cognitive Psychology
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

2005-2012
Student and teaching assistant
Self-employed

 

education

2012-2016
Neuroscience, Ph.D.
International Graduate School of Neuroscience
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Project title: Cortisol and stress modulation of fear memory reconsolidation
Supervisor: Prof. Wolf, O.T., Department of Cognitive Psychology

2010-2012
Biopsychology, M.A.
University of Haifa, Israel
Project title: Effects of exposure to stress in juvenility and adulthood on anxiety and on daily rhythms of body temperature and physical activity in rats
Supervisor: Prof. Richter-Levin, G., Department of Biopsychology

2002-2005
Psychology, B.A.
University of Haifa, Israel
Project title: Spatial memory in rats is differently affected by high vs. low levels of stress
Supervisor: Prof. Richter-Levin, G., Department of Biopsychology


teaching Experience

2016-2017
Memory Stabilization
Bachelor in Psychology, Seminar
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

2014-2015
Memory Stabilization
Bachelor in Psychology, Seminar
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany        

2013-2014

Memory Stabilization
Bachelor in Psychology, Seminar
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany                   

2006-2007

Physiology of Behavior
Bachelor in Psychology, Course
University of Haifa, Israel                   

2005-2006

Physiology of Behavior
Bachelor in Psychology, Course
University of Haifa, Israel

 

courses and workshops

2015
NRSN Summer School in Neuroscience
University of Oslo, Norway         
2015
Psychophysiology Workshop
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany         
2014
Stress and Cognition: From Basic Mechanisms to Psychopathology
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands         
2013
Training Seminar for Physiological Data Acquisition and Analysis
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany         
2004
Training Course and Workshop for Animal Research
University of Haifa, Israel

 

additional qualifications

2013-2014
Student representative
International Graduate School of Neuroscience
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

 

Publications

Journal papers

Meir Drexler, S., Hamacher-Dang, T.C. & Wolf, O.T. (2017). Stress before extinction learning enhances and generalizes extinction memory in a predictive learning task. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2017.04.002.

Lonsdorf, T.B; Menz, M; Andreatta, M.; Fullana, M.A.; Golkar, A.; Haaker, J. ; Heitland, I.; Hermann, A.; Kuhn, M.; Kruse, O.; Meir Drexler, S.; Meulders, A.; Nees, F.; Pittig, A.; Richter, J.; Römer, S.; Shiban, Y.; Schmitz, A.; Straube, B.; Vervliet, B.; Wendt, J.; Baas, J.M.P. ; Merz, C.J. (In press). Don't fear 'fear conditioning': Methodological considerations for the design and analysis of studies on human fear acquisition, extinction, and return of fear. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.02.026

Meir Drexler, S., & Wolf, O. T. (2017).  Stress disrupts the reconsolidation of fear memories in men. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 77, 95-104.

Meir Drexler, S., Wolf, O.T. (2016). The role of glucocorticoids in emotional memory reconsolidation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. S1074-7427, 30315-X. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2016.11.008.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz C.J.; Hamacher-Dang; T.C. & Wolf O.T. (2016). Cortisol effects on fear memory reconsolidation in women. Psychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-016-4314-x

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz C.J.; Hamacher-Dang; T.C.; Tegenthoff M & Wolf O.T. (2015). Effects of cortisol on reconsolidation of reactivated fear memories. Neuropsychopharmacology. 40, 3036-3043.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C.J.; Hamacher-Dang, T.C.; Marquardt, V.; Fritsch, N. & Wolf, O.T. (2014). Effects of postretrieval-extinction learning on return of contextually controlled cued fear. Behavioral Neuroscience. 128(4), 474-481.

 

Book Chapters

Meir Drexler, S. & Wolf, O. T. (2017). Stress and memory consolidation. In Axmacher, N. & Rasch, B. (Eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Consolidation. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

 

conference talks

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J.; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2015). Cortisol enhances human fear memory reconsolidation. Seventh European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning. Bochum, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Marquardt, V.; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Merz, C., J.; Wolf, O.T. (2013). The effects of memory reactivation on the renewal of contextual fear conditioning. Fifth European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning. Affligem, Belgium.

Meir, S. (2007). Social factors influencing learned helplessness. The Annual Meeting of Psychobiology Labs. Be’er Sheva, Israel.

 

conference posters

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J.; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2017). Generalizing extinction memory using pre-extinction stress. Ninth European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning. Hamburg, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Wolf, O.T. (2016). Stress vs. cortisol: Modulating fear memory reconsolidation. 2nd International Symposium on Resilience Research. Mainz, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J.; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2016). Cortisol modulation of fear memory reconsolidation. Eighth European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning. Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J ; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2015). Effects of cortisol on reactivated fear memories. Extinction Learning: 2nd Young Scientists Symposium. Bochum, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J ; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2015). Effects of cortisol on reactivated fear memories. 4th International SFB Symposium: Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders. Münster, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J ; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2015). Effects of cortisol on reactivated fear memories. International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology )ISPNE) Annual Conference. Edinburgh, UK.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J ; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2015). Effects of cortisol on reactivated fear memories. IGSN Conference on Cortical and Subcortical Representation of Sensory and Cognitive Memory. Bochum, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J ; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2014). Aiming to prevent the return of fear: Behavioral and pharmacological manipulations on reactivated memories. The 49th Congress of the German Society for Psychology. Bochum, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J ; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2014). Can post-retrieval extinction prevent the return of contextual fear in humans? Conference of Experimental Psychologists. Giessen, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Marquardt, V.; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Merz, C., J.; Wolf, O.T. (2013). The effects of memory reactivation on the return of contextual fear. Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders – International Symposium. Hamburg, Germany.

 

grants and scholarships

2012-2014
Scholarship of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience
(IGSN) Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

 

ADVISORY AND EDITIORAL MEMBERSHIPS

Since 2017  Elsevier Advisory Panel member

 

referee / reviewer

  • Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • Hormons and Behavior
  • Memory
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Psychological Reports
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology