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Wulf Haubensak

Survival critically depends on recognizing what is important and initiating appropriate behavioural responses - a process modulated by emotions. Fear, for instance, associates stimuli with threats and evokes defensive behaviours, whereas reward-related emotions induce the opposite. Emotions are a central part of our mental self and linked to a variety of psychological conditions. But how are they wired in the brain? We use molecular, pharmacogenetic, and optogenetic methods to map neural circuits for emotional behaviours in mice. Combining these manipulations with electrophysiological methods, we explore how these circuits control emotional states and, in turn, how genes and psychoactive drugs modulate circuit activity, emotional states, and behaviour.

Group Members

Visiting PhD Student
Lars Erik KOPEL