Selected publications

  • Ditzen, B., Nater, U.M., Schaer, M., La Marca, R., Bodenmann, G., Ehlert, U. & Heinrichs, M. (2012). Sex-Specific Effects of Intranasal Oxytocin on Autonomic Nervous System Activity during Couple Conflict. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, e-pub ahead of print.

  • Ditzen, B., Bradley, B., & Heim, C. (2012). Oxytocin and Pair Bonding: on possible Influences during the Life Course. Biological Psychiatry, 72, e3-e4.

  • Ditzen, B., Hahlweg, K., Fehm-Wolfsdorf, G., & Baucom, D. (2011). Assisting Couples to Develop Healthy Relationships: Effects of Couples Relationship Education on Cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 597-607.

  • Ditzen, B., Schaer, M., Bodenmann, G., Gabriel, B., Ehlert, U., & Heinrichs, M. (2009). Intranasal Oxytocin Increases Positive Communication and Reduces Cortisol Levels during Couple Conflict. Biological Psychiatry, 65, 728-731.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Couple Interaction, Oxytocin and Wound Healing (funded by an Individual Project Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation)

  • Effects of Oxytocin on Social Cognition in Women during different Menstrual Cycle Phases (funded by a Venture Grant from the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, CBN, Atlanta, GA USA)

  • Psychobiological Determinants of Couple Conflict (funded by a Young Investigator Research Grant from the University of Zurich)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychosomatic Society (APS)

  • Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN), Atlanta, GA USA

  • German Psychological Society [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGPs]

  • German Association for Behavioral Medicine [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin, DGVM]

  • German University Association [Deutscher Hochschulverband, DHV]

  • Swiss Psychological Federation [Föderation der Schweizerischen Psychologinnen und Psychologen, FSP]

  • International Neuroendocrine Federation

  • International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM)

  • International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)

  • Neuroscience Center Zurich [Zentrum für Neurowissenschaften Zürich, ZNZ]

  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN)

  • Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR)

  • Swiss Psychological Society [Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Psychologie, sgp]

  • Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN)

  • Zurich Federation of Psychologists [Kantonalverband der Zürcher Psychologinnen und Psychologen, ZüPP]

Additional qualifications

  • Group Leader within the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ), since 2012

  • Board-licensed Psychotherapist, since 2010


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