Prof. Dr.
Raffael Kalisch

Professor and Director of Neuroimaging Center Mainz (NIC)


Neuroimaging Center (NIC) of the Focus Program Translational Neuroscience Mainz
Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum Mainz (DRZ)
University Medical Center
Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Langenbeckstr. 1
55131 Mainz

+49 (0) 6131 17-8419 or -4588



Cognitive Neuroscience

Resilience, fear, anxiety, stress, conditioning/extinction, emotion regulation, safety learning, appraisal theory



Founding member of Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum, Mainz (DRZ)

Since 10/2012

Professor for Human Neuroimaging (W2) and director, Neuroimaging Center

01/2008 –12/2012

DFG Emmy Noether research group leader, Institute for Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)

08/2007 – 12/2007

Research group leader, Institute for Systems Neuroscience, UKE

06/2006 – 07/2007

Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Systems Neuroscience, UKE

02/2003 – 04/2006

Postdoctoral researcher, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London

03/2002 – 01/2003

Postdoctoral researcher, NMR study group, Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich

11/1998 – 02/2002

Doctoral student, NMR study group, Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich


Kalisch R, Müller MB, Tüscher O (2015) A conceptual framework for the neurobiological study of resilience. Behav Brain Sci 38:1-79.

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Haaker J, Gaburro S, Sah A, Gartmann N, Lonsdorf TB, Meier K, Singewald N, Pape HC, Morellini F*, Kalisch R* (2013) Single dose of L-dopa makes extinction memories context-independent and prevents the return of fear. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110:E2428-36. (*, equal contribution)

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Etkin A, Egner T, Kalisch R (2011) Emotional processing in anterior cingulate and medial prefrontal cortex. Trends Cogn Sci 15:85-93.

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Raczka KA, Gartmann N, Mechias ML, Reif A, Buchel C, Deckert J, Kalisch R (2010) A neuropeptide S receptor variant associated with overinterpretation of fear reactions: a potential neurogenetic basis for catastrophizing. Mol Psychiatry 15:1067-74. Corrigendum: 17:468.

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Kalisch R, Korenfeld E, Stephan KE, Weiskopf N, Seymour B, Dolan RJ (2006) Context-dependent human extinction memory is mediated by a ventromedial prefrontal and hippocampal network. J Neurosci 26:9503-11

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Coordinating Functions


Deputy spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center

Editorial and Scientific Advisory Board


Guest editor Frontiers Research Topic “Cognitive emotion regulation”

Awards, Grants and Honor

2008 – 2012

DFG Emmy Noether research group

2003 – 2005

EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for postdoctoral studies


Stipend of Medizinstiftung, University of Marburg for diploma studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris


Society for Neuroscience, Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft