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


02. November 2017
NIC meeting
Renee Visser (University Camebridge) presents her work on “Imaging the dynamic nature of emotional memory” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, November 2nd at 12am. ...more
19. October 2017
NIC meeting
Benjamin Meyer (NIC) will present his new study investigating  “The neural networks of instructed fear” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, October 19th at 12 in the seminar room....more
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