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Deutsch Intern
    Department of Psychology I - Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology
    and Psychotherapy

    Dr. Kirsten Hilger

    Phone +49 931 31-81141
    Fax +49 931 31-82733
    E-Mail kirsten.hilger@uni-wuerzburg.de
    Room 201
    Office hours according to agreement
    Website
    Networks of Behavior and Cognition

    Publications

    Google scholar

    CV

    since 2019 Head of Research Group "Networks of Behavior and Cognition“, Department of Psychology I, University of Würzburg, Germany (Prof. Paul Pauli)
    2018 - 2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biological and Neurocognitive Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (Prof. Christian Fiebach)
    2018 Research stay at Indiana University Bloomington (USA), Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (Prof. Olaf Sporns)
    2013 - 2018 PhD Candidate and dissertation (Dr. rer. nat), Biological and Neurocognitive Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (Prof. Christian Fiebach)
    2013 Master of Science, Psychology, Major: Neurocognitive Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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    Research foci

    By combining personality and clinical psychology with a broad variety of biopsychological research methods, my work strives for a better understanding of the association between individual variations in intrinsic brain network connectivity and differences is cognitive ability, personality traits, and the vulnerability to psychological diseases. My experimental work focuses on the development of a multi-factorial model of pain-related fear to improve our understanding about individual differences in threat learning, avoidance behavior, and their implication in chronic pain.

    • Fear of pain: Fear of pain as crucial factor within the development of chronic pain; interaction between stress and pain-related fear; modulating role of individual differences in affective, cognitive and neural traits (intrinsic brain oscillatory patterns)
    • Intelligence: Intrinsic and task-related brain network connectivity as critical biological basis of intelligence
    • ADHD: Dimensional conceptualization of psychological diseases; neural and behavioral variability as marker of ADHD; intra- vs. inter-individual variability
    • Open and Reproducible Science
    • Methods: Graph-theory, Network Neuroscience, resting-state fMRI, EEG, machine learning-based predictive modeling approaches, neural variability

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    Scientific organizations

    • Elected board member, International Society of Intelligence Research (ISIR)
    • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
    • German Psychological Society (DGPs), section: Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostics
    • European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT)
    • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
    • German Association for Psychophysiology and its Application (DGPA)

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    Selected award, prizes, fellowships

    Award for the best Poster Presentation at the 16th annual meeting of the International Society of Intelligence Research (ISIR) in St. Petersburg, July 2016

    Award for the best Poster Presentation at the 43rd annual meeting of the Section Biological Psychology from the German Psychological Society (DGPs) “Psychologie und Gehirn” in Trier, June 2017

    Award for the best Poster Presentation at the 17th annual meeting of the International Society of Intelligence Research (ISIR) in Montreal, July 2017

    Award for the Top 100 Read Articles 2017 from the Nature Journal Scientific Reports, December 2017

    Fellowship from the Center of Individual Development and Adaptive Education (IDeA) for international research visit at Indiana University Bloomington (USA), Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Prof. Olaf Sporns.

    Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienstes, DAAD) for participation in the 24th annual meeting of the Society for Cognitive Neuroscience, San Francisco, March 2017

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