Dr. Antje Gerdes



Berdica, Gerdes & Alpers (2017). A Comprehensive Look at Phobic Fear in Inhibition of Return: Spiders as Cues and Targets. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 54, 158-164.

Reicherts, Wiemer, Gerdes, Schulz, Pauli, & Wieser (2017). Anxious anticipation and pain: The influence of instructed vs conditioned threat or pain. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 544-554.


Hamm, A. O., Richter, J., Pané-Farré, C., Westphal, D., Wittchen, H.-U., Vossbeck-Elsebusch, A. N., Gerlach, A. L., Gloster, A. T., Ströhle, A., Lang, T., Kircher, T., Gerdes, A. B. M., Alpers, G.W., Reif, A. & Deckert, J. (2016). Panic disorder with agoraphobia from a behavioral neuroscience perspective: applying the research principles formulated by the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative. Psychophysiology, 53, 312-322.

Linz, C., Gerdes, A. B. M., Meyer-Marcotty, P., Müller-Richter, U., Böhm, H., Ernestus, R.-I., Kübler, A., Alpers, G. W., Schweitzer, T. (2016). Perception of children's faces with unilateral coronal synostosis - an eye-tracking investigation. /Child's Nervous System, 32(1):135-41. doi: 10.1007/s00381-015-2798-z

Berdica, E., & Gerdes, A.B.M. (2016). Ein neues Aufmerksamkeitstraining: Operante Konditionierung von Blickbewegungen. Verhaltenstherapie & Verhaltensmedizin, 37, 489-490.


Reicherts P, Gerdes ABM, Pauli P, Wieser MJ, Psychological placebo and nocebo effects on pain rely on both expectation and prior experience, Journal of Pain(2015), doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2015.10.010.


Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B.M., Pittig, A., & Alpers, G.W.(2014). Inhibition of return under fear: Discrepant eye movement and reaction time data. Journal of Ophthalmology,2014, Article ID 183924, 8 pages,http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/183924.

Bublatzky, F., Gerdes, A.B.M., & Alpers, G.W. (2014). The persistence of socially instructed threat: Two threat-of-shock studies. Psychophysiology, 51, 1005-1014.

Bublatzky, F., Gerdes, A.B.M., White, A.J., Riemer, M., & Alpers, G.W. (2014). Social and emotional relevance in face processing: happy faces of future interaction partners enhance the late positive potential. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,8:493. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00493.

Conzelmann, A., Gerdes, A. B. M., Mucha, R. F., Weyers, P., Lesch, K.P., Bähne, C. G., Fallgatter, A. J., Renner, T. J., Warnke, A., Romanos, M., & Pauli, P (2014). Autonomic Hypoarousal in Boys with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is normalized by Methylphenidate. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry,15, 56-65.

Ewald,H., Glotzbach-Schoon, E., Gerdes, A.B.M., Andreatta,M., Müller,M., Mühlberger, A.,&  Pauli, P. (2014). Delay and trace fear conditioning in a complex virtual learning environment—neural substrates of extinction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 323. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00323

Gerdes, A.B.M. & Alpers, G.W. (2014). You see what you fear: Spiders gain preferential access to conscious perception in spider-phobic patients. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5, 14-28.

Gerdes A.B.M, Wieser MJ and Alpers GW (2014). Emotional pictures and sounds: A review of multimodal interactions of emotion cues in multiple domains. Front. Psychol. 5:1351. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01351

Reicherts, P., Gerdes, A. B. M., Pauli, P., & Wieser, M. J. (2014). Der wechselseitige Einfluss von Schmerz- und Emotionsverarbeitung. Der Schmerz, 28(6), 631-634.

Wieser, M. J., Gerdes, A. B. M., Büngel, I., Schwarz, K. A., Mühlberger, A., & Pauli, P. (2014). Not so harmless anymore: How context impacts the perception and electrocortical processing of neutral faces. Neuroimage, 92, 74-82.

Wieser, M.J.*, Gerdes, A.B.M.*, Reicherts, P., and Pauli, P. (2014). Mutual influences of pain and emotional face processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1160. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01160.

*geteilte Erstautorenschaft


Gerdes, A.B.M., Wieser, M.J., Bublatzky, F., Kusay, A., Plichta, M.M. & Alpers, G.W. (2013). Emotional sounds modulate early neural processing of emotional pictures. Frontiers in Emotion Science, 4: 741, 1-12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00741

Reicherts, P., Gerdes, A. B. M., Pauli, P., & Wieser, M. J. (2013). On the mutual effects of pain and emotion: facial pain expressions enhance pain perception and vice versa are perceived as more arousing when feeling pain. Pain, 154, 793-800.

Schwarz, K. A., Wieser, M. J., Gerdes, A. B. M., Mühlberger, A., & Pauli, P. (2013). Why are you looking like that? How the context influences evaluation and processing of human faces. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 438-445.

Wiemer J,
Gerdes AB, Pauli P. (2013) The effects of an unexpected spider stimulus on skin conductance responses and eye movements: an inattentional blindness study. Psychological Research,77(2), 155-166

Weymar, M.
, Gerdes, A.B.M., Löw, A., Alpers, G., & Hamm, A.O. (2013). Specific fear modulates attentional selectivity during visual search: Electrophysiological insights from the N2pc. Psychophysiology. 50, 139-148



Eisenbarth, H., Alpers, G. W., Gerdes, A. B. M., Spanner, S. & Osterheider, M. (2012). Look where the emotion is: Blickbewegungen psychopathischer Patienten bei der Betrachtung emotionaler Gesichtsausdrücke. In J. L. Müller, M. Rösler, P. Briken, P. Fromberger & K. Jordan (Hrsg.), EFPPP Jahrbuch 2012. Empirische Forschung in der forensischen Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie (S. 13-20). Berlin: MWV Medizinisch-Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.

Gerdes, A. B. M., Wieser, M. J., Alpers, G. W., Strack, F., & Pauli, P. (2012). Why do you smile at me while I'm in pain? - Pain selectively modulates voluntary facial muscle responses to happy faces. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85, 161-167.

Likowski, K. U., Mühlberger, A., Gerdes, A. B. M., Wieser, M. J., Pauli, P., & Weyers, P. (2012). Facial mimicry and the mirror neuron system: Simultaneous acquisition of facial electromyography and functional magnetic resonance imaging. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:214. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00214.

Reicherts, P., Wieser, M. J., Gerdes, A. B. M., Likowski, K. U., Weyers, P., Mühlberger, A., & Pauli, P. (2012). Electro-cortical evidence for preferential processing of dynamic pain expressions compared to other emotional expressions. Pain, 153, 1959-1964.

Plichta, M. M., Schwarz, A. J., Grimm, O., Morgen, K., Mier, D., Haddad, L., Gerdes, A.B., Sauer, C., Tost, H., Esslinger, C., Colman, P., Wilson, F., Kirsch, P., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., (2012). Test-retest reliability of evoked bold signals from a cognitive-emotive fmri test battery. Neuroimage 60, 1746-1758.

Wieser, M. J., Gerdes, A. B. M., Greiner, R., Reicherts, P. & Pauli, P. (2012). Tonic pain grabs attention, but leaves the processing of facial expressions intact - Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Biological Psychology, 90, 242-248


Eisenbarth, H., Gerdes, A.B.M. & Alpers, G. W. (2011). Motor-Incompatibility of Facial Reactions: The influence of valence and stimulus content on voluntary facial reactions. Journal of Psychophysiology, 25, 124-130.

Meyer-Marcotty, P., Gerdes, A. B. M., Stellzig-Eisenhauer, A. & Alpers, G. W. (2011) Visual Face Perception of Adults with Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate in Comparison to Controls- an Eye Tracking Study. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 48, 210-216.

Mühlberger, A., Wieser, M. J., Gerdes, A. B. M., Frey, M. C. M., Weyers, P., & Pauli, P. (2011). Stop looking angry and smile, please: Start and stop of the very same facial expression differentially activate threat- and reward related brain networks. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6, 321-329.

Plichta, M. M., Gerdes, A. B. M., Alpers, G .W., Harnisch, W., Brill, S., Wieser, M. J., Fallgatter, A. J. (2011). Auditory cortex activation is modulated by emotion: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)study. NeuroImage, 55, 1200-1207.



Conzelmann, A., Pauli, P., Mucha, R. F., Jacob, C., Gerdes, A., Romanos, J., Baehne, C. G., Heine, M., Boreatti-Hümmer, A., Alpers, G. W., Fallgatter, A. J., Warnke, A., Lesch, K.-P. & Weyers, P. (2010). Early Attentional Deficits in an Attention-to-Prepulse Paradigm in ADHD Subtypes. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 594-603.

Gerdes, A. B. M.
, Wieser, M. J., Muehlberger, A., Weyers, P., Alpers, G. W., Plichta, M. Breuer, F., Pauli, P. (2010). Brain activations to emotional pictures are differentially associated with valence and arousal ratings. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.Link

Meyer-Marcotty P., Alpers G. W., Gerdes A. B. M, Stellzig-Eisenhauer A. (2010). How others perceive orthognathic patients: An eye-tracking study. World Journal of Orthodontics, 11(2), 153-159.

Meyer-Marcotty, P., Alpers, G. W., Gerdes, A. B. M., & Stellzig-Eisenhauer, A. (2010). Impact of facial asymmetry in visual perception: A 3-dimensional data analysis. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 137, 168.e161-168.e168.

[Editors summary and Q & A: Meyer-Marcotty, P., Alpers, G. W., Gerdes, A. B. M., & Stellzig-Eisenhauer, A. (2010). Impact of facial asymmetry in visual perception: A 3-dimensional data analysis. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 137, 168-169.]

Meyer-Marcotty, P., Gerdes, A. B. M., Stellzig-Eisenhauer, A., Reuther, T. & Alpers, G. W. (2010). Patients with cleft lip and palate are looked at differently. Journal of Dental Research, 89, 400-404.



Alpers, G. W., Gerdes, A. B. M., Lagarie, B., Tabbert, K., Vaitl, D. & Stark, R. (2009). Attention and amygdala activity: an fMRI study with spider pictures in spider phobia. Journal of Neural Transmission, 116, 747-757.

Conzelmann, A., Mucha, R. F., Jacob, C. P., Weyers, P., Romanos, J., Gerdes, A. B. M., Baehne, C. G., Boreatti-Hümmer, A., Heine, M., Alpers, G. W., Warnke, A., Fallgatter, A. J., Lesch, K.-P., & Pauli, P. (2009). Abnormal Affective Responsiveness in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Subtype Differences. Biological Psychiatry, 65, 578-585.

Gerdes, A. B. M.
, Pauli, P. & Alpers, G. W. (2009). Toward and away from spiders: eye-movements in spider-fearful participants. Journal of Neural Transmission, 116, 725-733.

Gerdes, A. B. M.
, Uhl, G. & Alpers, G. W. (2009). Spiders are special: Harmfulness does not explain why they are feared. Evolution & Human Behavior, 30, 66-73.

Plichta M.M. & Gerdes A.B.M. (2009) Fossil Shark-teeth of Cadzand-Bad and Groede (NL). Fossilien, 4, 210-213.



Alpers, G. W., & Gerdes, A. B. M. (2008). Emotional pictures in binocular rivalry. In I.F. Nilsson & W. V. Lindberg (Hrsg.), Visual Perception: New Research (227-247). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-60456-801-1.

Gerdes, A. B. M.
& Alpers, G. W. (2008). Auf einem Auge vorübergehend "blind": Emotionale Bilder dominieren bei binokularer Rivalität. In W. Janke, M. Schmidt-Daffy & G. Debus (Eds.), Experimentelle Emotionspsychologie (pp. 741-762). Lengerich: Pabst.

Gerdes, A. B. M.
, & Alpers, G. W. (2008). Die große Angst vor den kleinen Achtbeinern: Entstehungshintergründe, Wahrnehmungsunterschiede und Behandlungsmöglichkeiten bei Spinnenphobie. Deutsche Angstzeitschrift, 43, 10-12.

Gerdes, A. B. M.
, Alpers, G. W. & Pauli, P. (2008). When spiders appear suddenly: Spider phobic patients are distracted by task-irrelevant spiders. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 174-187.



Alpers, G. W., & Gerdes, A. (2007). Here's looking at you: Emotional faces predominate in binocular rivalry. Emotion, 7, 495-506.



Alpers, G. W., & Gerdes, A. (2006). Another look at ”look-alikes”: Can judges match belongings with their owners?Journal of Individual Differences, 27, 38-41.