Georg W Alpers

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Country: Germany

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Here is looking at you: emotional faces predominate in binocular rivalry
    Georg W Alpers
    Bioilogical Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, D 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    Emotion 7:495-506. 2007
  2. ncbi request reprint Exposure to heights in a theme park: fear, dizziness, and body sway
    Georg W Alpers
    University of Wurzburg, Department of Psychology, Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Marcusstrasse 9 11, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    J Anxiety Disord 22:591-601. 2008
  3. doi request reprint And yet they correlate: psychophysiological activation predicts self-report outcomes of exposure therapy in claustrophobia
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Psychology Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, Wurzburg, Germany
    J Anxiety Disord 22:1101-9. 2008
  4. doi request reprint Eye-catching: right hemisphere attentional bias for emotional pictures
    Georg W Alpers
    University of Wurzburg, Department of Psychology Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Wurzburg, Germany
    Laterality 13:158-78. 2008
  5. ncbi request reprint Binocular rivalry between emotional and neutral stimuli: a validation using fear conditioning and EEG
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, Germany
    Int J Psychophysiol 57:25-32. 2005
  6. ncbi request reprint Psychophysiological assessment during exposure in driving phobic patients
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 114:126-39. 2005
  7. ncbi request reprint Energy and macronutrient intake in bulimia nervosa
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Julius Maximilians Universitat Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, Wuerzburg D 97070, Germany
    Eat Behav 5:241-9. 2004
  8. ncbi request reprint Salivary cortisol response during exposure treatment in driving phobics
    Georg W Alpers
    Stanford University School of Medicine, and VAPA Health Care System, Palo Alto, California, USA
    Psychosom Med 65:679-87. 2003
  9. doi request reprint Attention and amygdala activity: an fMRI study with spider pictures in spider phobia
    Georg W Alpers
    Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstr 9 11, Würzburg 97070, Germany
    J Neural Transm 116:747-57. 2009
  10. doi request reprint Early attentional deficits in an attention-to-prepulse paradigm in ADHD adults
    Annette Conzelmann
    Department of Psychology Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstr 9 11, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    J Abnorm Psychol 119:594-603. 2010

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Publications36

  1. ncbi request reprint Here is looking at you: emotional faces predominate in binocular rivalry
    Georg W Alpers
    Bioilogical Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, D 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    Emotion 7:495-506. 2007
    ..This is not caused by physical stimulus properties or by response-biases. This novel approach supports that emotionally significant visual stimuli are preferentially perceived...
  2. ncbi request reprint Exposure to heights in a theme park: fear, dizziness, and body sway
    Georg W Alpers
    University of Wurzburg, Department of Psychology, Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Marcusstrasse 9 11, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    J Anxiety Disord 22:591-601. 2008
    ..The results underline the importance of cognitive factors, like anticipatory anxiety and overestimation of bodily symptoms, in fear of heights...
  3. doi request reprint And yet they correlate: psychophysiological activation predicts self-report outcomes of exposure therapy in claustrophobia
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Psychology Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, Wurzburg, Germany
    J Anxiety Disord 22:1101-9. 2008
    ..Because self-reported fear turned out not to be a reliable predictor of the outcome, this is interpreted as evidence for the incremental validity of physiological measures of fear...
  4. doi request reprint Eye-catching: right hemisphere attentional bias for emotional pictures
    Georg W Alpers
    University of Wurzburg, Department of Psychology Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Wurzburg, Germany
    Laterality 13:158-78. 2008
    ..This study adds to the evidence that overt attention to visual stimuli is boosted by emotion and that there is a right hemisphere advantage for orienting to emotional cues...
  5. ncbi request reprint Binocular rivalry between emotional and neutral stimuli: a validation using fear conditioning and EEG
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, Germany
    Int J Psychophysiol 57:25-32. 2005
    ..This is discussed in terms of subcortical mechanisms supporting the efficient processing of threatening information...
  6. ncbi request reprint Psychophysiological assessment during exposure in driving phobic patients
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 114:126-39. 2005
    ..Thus, selected respiratory and autonomic measures are valid diagnostic and therapeutic outcome criteria for this situational phobia...
  7. ncbi request reprint Energy and macronutrient intake in bulimia nervosa
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Julius Maximilians Universitat Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, Wuerzburg D 97070, Germany
    Eat Behav 5:241-9. 2004
    ..Also, there was no evidence that carbohydrate craving drives binge eating. The implications for models of BN and for treatments targeting eating behavior are discussed...
  8. ncbi request reprint Salivary cortisol response during exposure treatment in driving phobics
    Georg W Alpers
    Stanford University School of Medicine, and VAPA Health Care System, Palo Alto, California, USA
    Psychosom Med 65:679-87. 2003
    ..We addressed this issue by measuring cortisol in situational phobics during exposure treatment...
  9. doi request reprint Attention and amygdala activity: an fMRI study with spider pictures in spider phobia
    Georg W Alpers
    Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstr 9 11, Würzburg 97070, Germany
    J Neural Transm 116:747-57. 2009
    ..These results challenge the notion that amygdala activation in response to briefly presented phobic cues is independent from attention...
  10. doi request reprint Early attentional deficits in an attention-to-prepulse paradigm in ADHD adults
    Annette Conzelmann
    Department of Psychology Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstr 9 11, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    J Abnorm Psychol 119:594-603. 2010
    ..Attention deficits in ADHD patients may reflect not general derangements in information processing or ability to attend but, rather, selective disturbances of controlled attention during early information processing...
  11. doi request reprint Why do you smile at me while I'm in pain? --Pain selectively modulates voluntary facial muscle responses to happy faces
    Antje B M Gerdes
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, Germany Department of Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany
    Int J Psychophysiol 85:161-7. 2012
    ..That happy faces are processed differently during pain may bear important implications for social interactions during acute and possibly even chronic pain states...
  12. ncbi request reprint When spiders appear suddenly: spider-phobic patients are distracted by task-irrelevant spiders
    Antje B M Gerdes
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, D 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    Behav Res Ther 46:174-87. 2008
    ..These data do not support automatic capture of attention by phobic cues but suggest that phobic patients fail to disengage attention from spiders...
  13. doi request reprint Is eye to eye contact really threatening and avoided in social anxiety?--An eye-tracking and psychophysiology study
    Matthias J Wieser
    University of Wurzburg, Department of Psychology, Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Germany
    J Anxiety Disord 23:93-103. 2009
    ..Additionally, further research is needed to clarify the role of gaze perception in social anxiety...
  14. doi request reprint Fear of negative evaluation and the hypervigilance-avoidance hypothesis: an eye-tracking study
    Matthias J Wieser
    Department of Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstr 9 11, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    J Neural Transm 116:717-23. 2009
    ..Further research should clarify the meaning of happy facial expressions as well as the influence of the sex of the observed face in social anxiety...
  15. doi request reprint Toward and away from spiders: eye-movements in spider-fearful participants
    Antje B M Gerdes
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    J Neural Transm 116:725-33. 2009
    ..Instead, they had difficulties to disengage attention from fear-relevant information. This disengagement deficit could be a cause, a correlate, or the result of phobic fear...
  16. doi request reprint Meta-analysis argues for a female-specific role of MAOA-uVNTR in panic disorder in four European populations
    Andreas Reif
    Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany
    Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet 159:786-93. 2012
    ..However, epigenetic mechanisms might obfuscate the genetic association, calling for ascertainment in larger samples as well as assessment of the MAOA promoter methylation status therein...
  17. ncbi request reprint Musically induced arousal affects pain perception in females but not in males: a psychophysiological examination
    Ramona Kenntner-Mabiala
    University of Wurzburg, Germany
    Biol Psychol 75:19-23. 2007
    ..Also, participants' arousal ratings, their respiratory rate and heart rate were accelerated by the fastest tempo. The modulation of pain perception by the tempo of music seems to be mediated by the listener's arousal...
  18. doi request reprint Emotional scenes and facial expressions elicit different psychophysiological responses
    Georg W Alpers
    School of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Chair of Clinical and Biological Psychology, Germany
    Int J Psychophysiol 80:173-81. 2011
    ..Although arousal differences may account for some differences in physiological responding this shows that not all emotional material that is decoded similarly leads to the same psychophysiological output...
  19. ncbi request reprint Enhancement of activity of the primary visual cortex during processing of emotional stimuli as measured with event-related functional near-infrared spectroscopy and event-related potentials
    Martin J Herrmann
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany
    Hum Brain Mapp 29:28-35. 2008
    ..Although positive as well as negative stimuli lead to significantly higher decrease in deoxygenated haemoglobin than neutral stimuli, this was not found for the oxygenated haemoglobin...
  20. ncbi request reprint Emotion processing in Parkinson's disease: dissociation between early neuronal processing and explicit ratings
    Matthias J Wieser
    Department of Psychology, Biological Pyschology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany
    Clin Neurophysiol 117:94-102. 2006
    ..Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) have a diminished ability to discriminate facial expressions of emotion. We investigated early emotion discrimination deficits in PD by means of event-related potentials (ERPs)...
  21. ncbi request reprint Valence and arousal: a comparison of two sets of emotional facial expressions
    Dirk Adolph
    University of Wurzburg, Germany
    Am J Psychol 123:209-19. 2010
    ..We conclude that less intense female expressions but more intense male expressions may be more potent in inducing emotional responses. This study may encourage researchers to further compare the properties of picture sets...
  22. pmc Brain Activations to Emotional Pictures are Differentially Associated with Valence and Arousal Ratings
    Antje B M Gerdes
    Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg Würzburg, Germany
    Front Hum Neurosci 4:175. 2010
    ..Reward-related structures like the caudate and NAcc primarily respond to pleasant stimuli, the stronger the more positive the valence of these stimuli is...
  23. doi request reprint Categorization and evaluation of emotional faces in psychopathic women
    Hedwig Eisenbarth
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany
    Psychiatry Res 159:189-95. 2008
    ..Results shed light on the mechanism possibly underlying the emotional deficits in psychopathic women...
  24. doi request reprint Abnormal affective responsiveness in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: subtype differences
    Annette Conzelmann
    Department of Psychology Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Marcusstrasse 9 11, Wurzburg, Germany
    Biol Psychiatry 65:578-85. 2009
    ..This study examined the affective modulation of the startle reflex in a large sample of ADHD patients. The aim was to compare subtypes of ADHD...
  25. doi request reprint Ambulatory assessment in panic disorder and specific phobia
    Georg W Alpers
    Department of Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, D 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    Psychol Assess 21:476-85. 2009
    ..Therefore, ambulatory assessment can yield useful information about the psychopathology of anxiety disorders, and it can be used to monitor change during clinical interventions...
  26. doi request reprint You can see pain in the eye: pupillometry as an index of pain intensity under different luminance conditions
    Marion Höfle
    University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany
    Int J Psychophysiol 70:171-5. 2008
    ..Even under different luminance conditions, pupillometry can serve as an objective indicator of pressure pain intensity. Thus, it seems promising to use pupillometry with complex experimental designs combining pain and pictorial stimuli...
  27. ncbi request reprint High altitudes, anxiety, and panic attacks: is there a relationship?
    Walton T Roth
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
    Depress Anxiety 16:51-8. 2002
    ..We suggest some improvements that could be made in the design of future studies, possible tests of some of the theoretical causal links, and possible treatment applications, such as systematic exposure of panic patients to high altitude...
  28. pmc Negative self-focused cognitions mediate the effect of trait social anxiety on state anxiety
    Stefan M Schulz
    Department of Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 2002, USA
    Behav Res Ther 46:438-49. 2008
    ..Furthermore, trait social anxiety predicted increased startle amplitudes. These findings support a central assumption of the cognitive model of social anxiety...
  29. ncbi request reprint Two facets of being bothered by bodily sensations: anxiety sensitivity and alexithymia in psychosomatic patients
    Jochen Mueller
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    Compr Psychiatry 47:489-95. 2006
    ..The purpose of the present study is to investigate if both constructs are distinct or overlapping in a sample of psychosomatic inpatients...
  30. ncbi request reprint How others perceive orthognathic patients: an eye-tracking study
    Philipp Meyer-Marcotty
    Department of Orthodontics, Dental Clinic of the Medical Faculty, Pleicherwall 2, D 97070 Wuerzburg, Germany
    World J Orthod 11:153-9. 2010
    ..To test the hypothesis that the faces of patients with a severe Class III are contemplated differently from and assessed more negatively than skeletal Class I patients in direct face-to-face interaction...
  31. doi request reprint Impact of facial asymmetry in visual perception: a 3-dimensional data analysis
    Philipp Meyer-Marcotty
    Department of Orthodontics, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany
    Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 137:168.e1-8; discussion 168-9. 2010
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  32. ncbi request reprint Memory bias in patients with hypochondriasis and somatoform pain disorder
    Paul Pauli
    Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of, Tubingen, Germany
    J Psychosom Res 52:45-53. 2002
    ..A memory bias enhances memory for disorder congruent information. The experimental evaluation of such biases in somatoform disorders may improve our understanding of these disorders...
  33. pmc Gender differences in associations of glutamate decarboxylase 1 gene (GAD1) variants with panic disorder
    Heike Weber
    Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany
    PLoS ONE 7:e37651. 2012
    ..In a recent association study in depression, which is highly comorbid with panic disorder, GAD1 risk allele associations were restricted to females...
  34. doi request reprint Body image and noticeable self-inflicted scars
    Anne Dyer
    Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, and Otto Selz Institut, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
    J Nerv Ment Dis 201:1080-4. 2013
    ..Addressing NSSI, which is relevant in a multitude of disorders, early in treatment might help to reduce the extent of scarification and therefore reduce the disturbance of body image. ..
  35. ncbi request reprint Dissociation of rated emotional valence and Stroop interference in observer-rated alexithymia
    Jochen Mueller
    Department of Psychology, University of Wurzburg, 97070 Wurzburg, Germany
    J Psychosom Res 61:261-9. 2006
    ..The performance of patients high and that of patients low in alexithymia was tested in a computerized emotional Stroop task...
  36. ncbi request reprint Affective pain modulation in fibromyalgia, somatoform pain disorder, back pain, and healthy controls
    Bettina S Arnold
    Klinikum Bad Bocklet, Frankenstrasse 36, 97708 Bad Bocklet
    Eur J Pain 12:329-38. 2008
    ..There was no interaction of priming and group. Affective modulation of pain was not specifically altered in FM and SF, but SF were more sensitive to pressure pain than BP and HC...