Prof. Dr. Lars Schwabe
Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement Science
Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Hamburg
|03/2014 - 05/2014||Heisenberg scholar at the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Ruhr-University Bochum|
|10/2013 – 02/2014||Post-doc, Department of Cognitive Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum|
|10/2012 – 09/2013||Guest professor, Institute for Experimental Psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf|
|04/2012||Habilitation at the Faculty for Psychology at the Ruhr-University Bochum|
|03/2011 – 09/2012||Post-doc, Department of Cognitive Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum|
|03/2010 – 02/2011||Post-doc, Center for Studies on Aging and Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada|
|03/2008 - 02/2010||Post-doc, Department of Cognitive Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum|
|02/2008||PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Institute for Psychobiology at the University of Trier|
|10/2006 - 03/2007||Visiting scientist, Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research, Division for Medical Pharmacology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands|
|05/2005- 01/2008||PhD-student, Department of Clinical Physiology, Institute for Psychobiology, University of Trier|
|10/2000 - 04/2005||Psychology studies at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald|
Competitive grants and awards
|08/2022||DFG grant for a project on "Attenuating the stress-induced bias towards habit memory through hippocampal self-neuromodulation" in collaboration with Prof. Talma Hendler, Tel Aviv (SCHW1357/27-1)|
|09/2021||DFG grant for a project on "Memory under stress: focus on memory replay mechanisms" (SCHW1357/25-1)|
|07/2021||DFG grant for a project together with Dr. Stefan Schulreich on "Mentalizing under stress: targeting the neurocomputational mechanisms" (SCHU3417/2-1)|
|11/2019||DFG research grant for the project “Habits under stress: altered representation of action-outcomes?” (SCHW 1357/23-1)|
|06/2019||DFG research grant for the project “Episodic integration under stress” (SCHW 1357/22-1)|
|05/2019||Research grant for a project on stress and memory reconsolidation as part of the CRC „Network interactions in the brain“ (SFB936)|
|03/2018||DFG research grant together with Dr. Benno Roozendaal on “Noradrenergic activity and systems consolidation: maintaining memory specificity?“ (SCHW1357/19-1)|
|03/2017||DFG research grant together with Dr. Susanne Vogel “Stress and the balance between approach and avoidance: role of noradrenaline and cortisol“ (VO2209/2-1)|
|12/2016||Colaborative research grant from the Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg on „Flexible learning under stress“ as speaker; grant for a project in the collaborative research center|
|09/2016||DFG research grant “Decision-amking under stress: which brain system guides choice“ (SCHW 1357/16-1)|
|05/2016||Grant for a project on „Stress, fear generalization, and habitual responding“ ijn the CRC/SFB „Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorder“ (INST 211/754-1)|
|03/2016||DFG research grant “Stress and Schema-based inference” (SCHW 1357/14-1)|
|05/2015||FENS-EJN Young Investigator Research Prize 2016|
|03/2015||DFG research grant „Stress and the retrieval of transformed memories“ (SCHW 1357/12-1)|
|12/2014||Selection as founding member of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence|
|08/2014||DFG research grant: „Stress-induced shift from deklarative to procedural memory: interindividual differences and neural mechanisms“ (SCHW 1357/10-1)|
|02/2014||Heisenberg Scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG)|
|01/2013||DFG Research grant “Stress effects on probabilistic classification learning: role of the mineralocorticoid receptor” (SCHW 1357/5-3)|
|10/2011||Distinction as “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS)|
|09/2011||Young Investigator Award of the European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS)|
|06/2011||Research prize 2011 of the German Psychological Association (DGPs), section Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology|
|12/2010||DFG Research grant: "the neural correlates of stress hormone effects on instrumental learning" (SCHW 1357/2-2)|
|03/2010||Research grant, Rector's Fund of the Ruhr-University Bochum, for studies on methylphenidate and cognitive functions|
|03/2010||DFG research scholarship for research at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (SCHW1357/4-1)|
|12/2009||DFG Research grant: "impact of stress on probabilistic classification learning" (SCHW 1357/5-1)|
|11/2009||DFG Research grant "impact of stress on probabilistic classification learning" (SCHW 1357/5-1)|
|03/2009||Travel Grant for the DFG Spring School „The ABC of Stress“, Dresden|
|02/2009||Research grant, Rector's Fund of the Ruhr-University Bochum for studies on stress and attention|
|12/2008||DFG Research grant "stress and goal-directed learning" (SCHW1357/2-1)|
|07/2008||Young Investigator Award of the International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)|
|10/2006 - 02/2008||PhD Scholarship, International Research Training Group "Psychoneuroendocrinology of Stress"|
|07/2005||Research grant of the research fund of the University of Trier|
|05/2005 - 09/2006||PhD Scholarship, Nikolaus Koch Foundation|
|10/2002 - 04/2005||Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation|
Editorial and reviewing activity
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Special issue on Memory Formation (together with Melly S. Oitzl und John Aggleton)
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Ad-hoc Reviewer for
|Behavioral Neuroscience, Biological Psychiatry, Biological Psychology, Brain Research Bulletin, Cerebral Cortex, Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition & Emotion, Current Alzheimer Research, Current Biology, Emotion, Experimental Brain Research, Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, Hippocampus, Human Brain Mapping, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Learning & Memory, Memory, Molecular Psychiatry, Nature Communications, Nature Medicine, Neurobiology of Disease, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, NeuroImage, Neuropsychopharmacology, Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Physiology & Behavior, Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences USA, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Review, Psychological Science, Psychoneuroendocrinology, The Journal of Neuroscience, Social, Cognitive, & Affective Neuroscience, Stress, The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology|
Membership in professional organizations
German Psychological Association (DGPs)
General Psychology Section
Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology Section
European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS)
International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)
Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
Selected publications (last 3 years)
Meier, J. K., Staresina, B., & Schwabe, L. (2022). Stress diminishes outcome but enhances response representations during instrumental learning. eLife, 11, e67517.
Schwabe, L., Hermans, E., Joëls, M., & Roozendaal, B. (2022). Mechanisms of memory under stress. Neuron, 110, 1450-1467.
Kalbe, F., & Schwabe, L. (2022). Prediction errors for aversive events shape long-term memory formation through a distinct neural mechanism. Cerebral Cortex, 32, 3081-3097.
Krenz, V., Sommer, T., Alink, A., Roozendaal, B., & Schwabe, L. (2021). Noradrenergic arousal after encoding reverses the course of systems consolidation in humans. Nature Communications, 12, 6054.
Schulreich, S., & Schwabe, L. (2021). Causal role of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in belief updating under uncertainty. Cerebral Cortex, 31, 184-200.
Quaedflieg, C. W. E. M., Schneider, T. R., Daume, J., Engel, A. K., & Schwabe, L. (2020). Stress impairs intentional memory control through altered theta oscillations in lateral parietal cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 40, 7739-7748.
Kalbe, F., Bange, S., Lutz, A., & Schwabe, L. (2020). Expectancy Violation Drives Memory Boost for Stressful Events. Psychological Science, 31, 1409-1421.
Wanke, N., & Schwabe, L. (2020). Subjective uncontrollability over aversive events reduces working memory performance and related large-scale network interactions. Cerebral Cortex, 20, 3116-3129.
Simon-Kutscher, K., Wanke, N., Hiller, C., & Schwabe, L. (2019). Fear without context: acute stress modulates the balance of cue-dependent and contextual fear learning. Psychological Science, 30, 1123-1135.
Kluen, L. M., Dandolo, L. C., Jocham, G., & Schwabe, L. (2019). Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex enables updating of established memories. Cerebral Cortex, 29, 4154-4168.
You can find a full list of publications under publications.
- Impact of stress on cognitive processes
- Multiple memory systems
- Instrumental learning
- Memory reconsolidation and transformation
- Decision-making and action