Publications

open positions

Key Publications:

Observational pain & learning


Haaker J*, Diaz-Mataix L*, Guillazo-Blanch G, Stark SA, Kern L, LeDoux JE & Olsson A: Observation of others' threat reactions recovers memories previously shaped by firsthand experiences. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Jul 27;118(30):e2101290118. *=equal contributions open access

Tinnermann A, Büchel C & Haaker J : Observation of others’ painful heat stimulation involves responses in the spinal cord Science Advances Vol. 7, no. 14, eabe8444 10.1126/sciadv.abe8444 open access


Lindström B*, Haaker J* & Olsson A: A common neural network differentially mediates direct and social fear learning NeuroImage 167, 121-129 *=equal contributions PDF

Haaker J*, Golkar A*, Selbing I*, Olsson A: Assessing social transmission of threats in humans using the observational fear conditioning procedure. Nature Prototocols 2017; 12, 1378–1386 *=equal contributions PDF

Neuropharmacology of social learning

Esser RW, Fuss J & Haaker J: Initial evidence for pharmacological modulation of observational threat learning by the GABAergic, but not the noradrenergic system in humans Behav Res Ther 2020 Jun;129:103605

Haaker J, Yi J, Petrovic P, Olsson A.: Endogenous opioids regulate social threat learning in humans. Nature Communications 2017; 8, 15495 open access

Neuropharmacology of emotional learning (threat & safety)


Weisser S*, Mueller M*, Rauh J, Esser R, Fuss J, Lutz B, Haaker J: Acquisition of threat responses are associated with elevated plasma concentration of endocannabinoids in male humans. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2022 May 13. *=equal contributions


Esser R, Korn CW, Ganzer F, Haaker J:L-DOPA modulates activity in the vmPFC, nucleus accumbens, and VTA during threat extinction learning in humans. Elife. 2021;open access

Sep 2;10:e65280. (preprint: bioRxiv 2020.12.07.414771; open access)

Haaker J, Lonsdorf TB, Schümann D, Bunzeck N, Peters J, Sommer T, Kalisch R.: Where There is Smoke There is Fear-Impaired Contextual Inhibition of Conditioned Fear in Smokers. Neuropsychopharmacology 2017 Feb 15 open access

Haaker J, Gaburro S, Sah A, Gartmann N, Lonsdorf TB, Meier K, Singewald N, Pape HC, Morellini F*, Kalisch R*: Single dose of L-dopa makes extinction memories context-independent and prevents the return of fear. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 25;110(26):E2428-36 *=equal contributions open access

Translational models of threat learning

Haaker J, Maren S, Andreatta M, Merz CJ, Richter J, Richter SH, Meir Drexler S, Lange MD, Jüngling K, Nees F, Seidenbecher T, Fullana MA, Wotjak CT, Lonsdorf TB.: Making translation work: Harmonizing cross-species methodology in the behavioural neuroscience of Pavlovian fear conditioning. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2019 Sep 12;107:329-345. open access