CIN Members

In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further  scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.

CIN Members

Prof. Dr. Birgit Derntl

Organization: University Hospital Tübingen


Calwerstr. 14
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 7071 29 85437

Department: Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Area: CIN Members

Field of Research

To be female or male is one of the most important biological determinants of life with critical consequences on many aspects, most importantly our health. This interaction between gender, (endogenous and synthetic) sex hormones and health regarding socio-emotional competencies is the main focus of the research group. We particularly are interested in how different competencies ranging from basic emotional abilities to empathy, stress and motivation are influenced by these factors. Many patients suffering from mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, etc.) show severe deficits in socio-emotional competencies. Here a lot less is known about the interaction of gender, sex hormone concentration and symptomatology. Besides behavioural performance, subjective ratings and psychophysiological responses we are particularly interested in brain function. There we not only investigate functional activation (mainly by using fMRI) but also look at connectivity patterns (mainly by using resting-state fMRI) and multisensory imaging (e.g., olfactory + visual stimulation).

  • Derntl, B.*, Michel, T.M.*, Prempeh, P., Backes, V., Finkelmeyer, A., Schneider, F. & Habel, U. (2015). Empathy in persons clinically at risk for psychosis: brain and behaviour. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207, 407-13.

  • Kogler, L., Müller, V.I., Chang, A., Eickhoff, S.B., Fox, P.T., Gur, R.C. & Derntl, B. (2015). Psychosocial versus physiological stress – meta-analyses on deactivations and activations of the neural correlates of stress reactions. Neuroimage, 119, 235-51.

  • Kogler, L., Gur, R.C. & Derntl, B. (2015). Sex differences in cognitive regulation of psychosocial achievement stress: brain and behavior. Human Brain Mapping, 36, 1028-42.

  • Seidel, E.M., Silani, G., Metzler, H., Thaler, H., Lamm, C., Gur, R.C., Kryspin-Exner, I., Habel, U. & Derntl, B. (2013). The impact of social exclusion vs. inclusion on subjective and hormonal reactions in females and males. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (12), 2925-2932.

  • Derntl, B., Schöpf, V., Kollndorfer, K. & Lanzenberger, R. (2013). Menstrual cycle phase and duration of oral contraception affect olfactory perception. Chemical Senses, 38, 67-75.

  • Derntl, B. & Habel, U. (2011). Deficits in social cognition: a marker for psychiatric disorders? European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 261, 145-149.