Forschungsschwerpunkt Translationale Neurowissenschaften Mainz

Behavioral Addictions

Research group „Behavioral Addictions“

The study group focusses on the comprehensive characterization and treatment of non-substance-related addictions like Internet and Computer Game Addiction and Pathological Gambling. The main research focus of the outpatient clinic for behavioral addiction of the Clinic and Policlinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy is to elucidate the prevalence of these pathologies in the population (epidemiology) and to investigate the underlying mechanisms of the genesis and maintenance of behavioral addictions (behavioral experiments, identification of neurobiological correlates). Methods as the measurement of event-related potentials (ERP), fMRI and PET are used to shed light on the changes of addiction-related processing in the reward system and in aspects of impulsivity in behavioral addictions. Our insights from research are directly translated to the development of specific psychotherapeutic interventions. In addition clinical studies to verify the effectiveness of the developed behavior therapy, which is mainly based on the changes of behavior by the modification of implicit and explicit learning mechanisms, are conducted.


Head of group:

Prof. Dr. M.E. Beutel (Direktor der Klinik)

Dr. K. Wölfling (Psychologische Leitung, Ambulanz für Spielsucht)


Team members:

Dipl.-Psych. I. Bengesser

Dipl.-Soz. M. Dreier

E. Duven, MSc

Dipl.-Psych. S. Giralt

Dr. rer. nat. S. Jäger

Dipl.-Psych. K. W. Müller


14. September 2017
NIC meeting
Christian Paret (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim) will give a talk on “Real-time fMRI neurofeedback from the amygdala: Feasibility, clinical application and brain mechanisms” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, September 14th....more
24. August 2017
NIC meeting
Dr. Til Ole Bergmann (University of Tübingen) will be guest speaker in the NIC meeting on Thursday, August 24th. His talk: “On the function of neuronal oscillations – insights from transcranial brain stimulation and multimodal imaging” will be at noon in the seminar room in building 701....more
13. July 2017
NIC meeting
Philipp Horstmann (Psychiatry, Mainz) will present the current status of the MRI study investigating the influence of prg-1 (plasticity related gene) genotype on brain morphology and function in the NIC meeting on July 13th. The NIC meetings starts at 12:00 in the seminar room in building 701!...more