Kognitionspsychologie - Cognitive Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dr. Shira Meir Drexler


E-Mail: Shira.MeirDrexler@rub.de


Curriculum Vitae

 

education

2012-2016    Neuroscience, Ph.D. (Magna Cum Laude)
International Graduate School of Neuroscience
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Wolf, O.T.

2010-2012    Biopsychology, M.A.
Faculty of Psychology
University of Haifa, Israel
Supervisor: Prof. Richter-Levin, G.

2002-2005    Psychology, B.A.
Faculty of Psychology
University of Haifa, Israel

 

professional experience

Since 2016   Postdoctoral researcher
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology group
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

2012-2016    Ph.D. candidate and researcher
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology group
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

2005-2012    Research and teaching assistant 
Self-employed contractor

 

research interests

    Anxiety disorders and PTSD
    Stress and glucocorticoids
    Fear conditioning
    Memory reconsolidation

research skills

Psychophysiological measurements

    Skin conductance response
    Rodent implantable telemetry systems

    Behavioral paradigms

    Conditioning paradigms (humans and rodents)
    Stress induction and assessment (humans and rodents)
    Animal behavioral tests

     

    grants and scholarships

    2019 Travel grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for participating in the 27th ISFN Annual Meeting in Eilat, Israel

    2012 Ph.D. stipend of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN); duration: 2 years

     

    awards

    2017 Poster Award of The World Association for Stress-Related and Anxiety Disorders

teaching Experience

Since 2017 Seminar leader, Maladaptive Memories (2 semesters)
Department of Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

2013-2017 Seminar leader, Memory Stabilization (3 semesters)

2005-2007 Tutor, Physiology of Behavior (2 semesters)
Department of Psychology, University of Haifa, Israel

 

institutional responsibilities

since 2018 Organizer of internal seminar
Stress and the Brain (2 semesters)
Department of Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

2013 Symposium organization
Stress, Fear and Anxiety in Humans and other Animals
International Graduate School of Neuroscience, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

 

Publications

Journal articles

Lonsdorf, T. B., Klingelhöfer-Jens, M., Andreatta, M., Beckers, T., Chalkia, A., Gerlicher, A., Jentsch, V. L., Meir Drexler, S., Mertens, G., Richter, J., Sjouwerman, R., Wendt, J. & Merz, C. J. (2019). Navigating the garden of forking paths for data exclusions in fear conditioning research. eLife, 8. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.52465

Meir Drexler, S., Merz, C. J., Lissek, S., Tegenthoff, M., & Wolf, O. T. (2019). Reactivation of the unconditioned stimulus inhibits the return of fear independent of cortisol. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience , 13:254.https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00254

Haaker, J., Maren, S., Andreatta, M., Merz, C. J., Richter, J., Richter, S. H., Meir Drexler, S., Lange, M. D., Jüngling, K.,  Nees, F., Seidenbecher, T., Fullana, M. A., Wotjak, C. T. & Lonsdorf, T. B. (2019). Making translation work: Harmonizing cross-species methodology in the behavioural neuroscience of Pavlovian fear conditioning. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral. 107, 329-345. Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.09.020

Meir Drexler, S., Merz, C. J., Jentsch, V. L., & Wolf, O. T. (2019). How stress and glucocorticoids timing-dependently affect extinction and relapse. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 98, 145–153. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.NEUBIOREV.2018.12.029

Meir Drexler, S., Merz, C.J., Wolf, O.T. (in press). Preextinction stress prevents context-related renewal of fear. Behavior Therapy 49(6): 1008-1019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2018.03.001,

Meir Drexler, S., Wolf, O.T. (2018). Behavioral disruption of memory reconsolidation: From bench to bedside and back again. Behavioral Neuroscience 132(1):13-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bne0000231

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, 141, 143–149. https://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. (2017). 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, 77, 247–285. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.02.026

Meir Drexler, S., & Wolf, O. T. (2016).  Stress disrupts the reconsolidation of fear memories in men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 77, 95–104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.11.027

Meir Drexler, S., Wolf, O.T. (2016). The role of glucocorticoids in emotional memory reconsolidation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 142, 126–134. https://doi.org/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, 233, 2687–2697. https://doi.org/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(13), 3036–3043. https://doi.org/10.1038/npp.2015.160

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, 474–481. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0036688

 

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45066-7_17

 

    presentations

    Invited talks

    Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C.J.; Jentsch, V.L.; Wolf, O.T. (2019). STaR (Stress Timing affects Relapse): A model of the effects of stress/glucocorticoids on extinction and relapse. Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI) Seminar, University of Cambridge, UK.

    Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C.J.; Wolf, O.T. (2019). Reactivation of the unconditioned stimulus inhibits the return of fear independent of cortisol. Expert Meeting on the Attenuation of Emotional Memories. Genk, Belgium.

    Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C.J.; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Kinner, V.L.; Wolf, O.T. (2018). Timing is everything: How stress at different times affects the return of extinguished fear. British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) 46th Annual Conference. Glasgow, UK.

Conference Talks

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C.J.; Jentsch, V.L.; Wolf, O.T. (2019). STaR (Stress Timing affects Relapse): A model of the effects of stress/glucocorticoids on extinction and relapse. Eleventh European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning. Würzburg, Germany

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

 

conference posters

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C.J . ; Jentsch, V.L.; Wolf, O.T. (2018). How stress and glucocorticoids timing-dependently affect extinction and relapse. The 27th Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN) Annual Meeting. Eilat, Israel.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C.J . ; Hamacher-Dang, T.; Wolf, O.T. (2018). Cortisol affects fear memory reconsolidation differently in men and women. Sex Hormones and the Brain – Winter School. Tübingen, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J.; Wolf, O.T. (2017). Generalizing extinction memory using pre-extinction stress. International Congress of the World Association for Stress-Related and Anxiety Disorders. Würzburg, Germany.

Meir Drexler, S.; Merz, C., J.; 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.

 

reviewing activities

Advisory and Editorial Membership

Since 2017 Reviewer for Research School PLUS

Since 2017 Elsevier Advisory Panel member

In addition, reviewer for the following journals Aging and Disease, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Assessment, Behavioral Neuroscience, Chronic Stress, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, Hormones and Behavior, Memory, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, PLOS ONE, Psychological Reports, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Scientific Reports