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Self-Control SIGNED

Take control!Towards novel training regimes enhancing inhibition and impulse control in health and psychiatric disease

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address: Martinistrasse 52
postcode: 20251

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙498˙625 €
 EC max contribution 1˙498˙625 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


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 Project objective

Self-control is at the heart of human nature and enables us to resist temptations. Several clinical disorders are characterized by an inability to control oneself, e.g. addiction and other impulse-related disorders. Since these psychiatric diseases are highly debilitating and cause substantial economic costs, any means of enhancing self-control is of high value for society at large. To date the view prevails that inhibition and therewith self-control is untrainable. Contrary to this, the applicant has gathered data demonstrating that healthy older participants can be trained in inhibition using a game-like self-control training. Trained participants showed transfer to an untrained inhibition task and brain structural plasticity in right inferior frontal gyrus, a brain region associated with inhibition of prepotent actions. The main goal of this research program is, to develop and optimize this promising self-control training and investigate its effectiveness in real-life self-regulation problems in the healthy population (dieting and quitting to smoke) as well as in patients suffering from alcohol addiction. The expected impact of this innovative research program is high. Its results will be ground-breaking for basic science as well as for the treatment of patients with alcohol addiction. The final outcome of this project is going to be a freely distributed app encompassing the optimized self-control training, adaptable to the temptations that the trainee wants to gain control about, and therewith enable the general population to counteract self-regulation problems. Since self-control has sparked the interest of multiple disciplines, that have unfortunately so far developed their concepts fairly independently, the results of this research proposal will pave the way to integrate the knowledge gained from experimental, clinical, and social psychology. But most importantly, this self-control training will enable everyone to improve their capacity for self-regulation.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Steffen Moritz, Anja S. Göritz, Stella Schmotz, Roland Weierstall-Pust, Josefine Gehlenborg, Jürgen Gallinat, Simone Kühn
Imaginal retraining decreases craving for high-calorie food in overweight and obese women: A randomized controlled trial
published pages: 319, ISSN: 2158-3188, DOI: 10.1038/s41398-019-0655-7
Translational Psychiatry 9/1 2020-03-23
2019 Simone Kühn, Anna Mascharek, Tobias Banaschewski, Arun Bodke, Uli Bromberg, Christian Büchel, Erin Burke Quinlan, Sylvane Desrivieres, Herta Flor, Antoine Grigis, Hugh Garavan, Penny A Gowland, Andreas Heinz, Bernd Ittermann, Jean-Luc Martinot, Frauke Nees, Dimitri Papadopoulos Orfanos, Tomas Paus, Luise Poustka, Sabina Millenet, Juliane H Fröhner, Michael N Smolka, Henrik Walter, Robert Whelan
Predicting development of adolescent drinking behaviour from whole brain structure at 14 years of age
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/elife.44056
eLife 8 2020-03-23
2017 Georgios Paslakis, Simone Kühn, Sebastian Grunert, Yesim Erim
Explicit and Implicit Approach vs. Avoidance Tendencies towards High vs. Low Calorie Food Cues in Patients with Obesity and Active Binge Eating Disorder
published pages: 1068, ISSN: 2072-6643, DOI: 10.3390/nu9101068
Nutrients 9/10 2019-06-19
2018 Simone Kühn, Fabrice Berna, Thies Lüdtke, Jürgen Gallinat, Steffen Moritz
Fighting Depression: Action Video Game Play May Reduce Rumination and Increase Subjective and Objective Cognition in Depressed Patients
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00129
Frontiers in Psychology 9 2019-06-19
2017 Simone Kühn, Robert C. Lorenz, Markus Weichenberger, Maxi Becker, Marten Haesner, Julie O\'Sullivan, Anika Steinert, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Susanne Brandhorst, Thomas Bremer, Jürgen Gallinat
Taking control! Structural and behavioural plasticity in response to game-based inhibition training in older adults
published pages: 199-206, ISSN: 1053-8119, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.05.026
NeuroImage 156 2019-06-19
2018 Simone Kühn, Dimitrij Kugler, Katharina Schmalen, Markus Weichenberger, Charlotte Witt, Jürgen Gallinat
The Myth of Blunted Gamers: No Evidence for Desensitization in Empathy for Pain after a Violent Video Game Intervention in a Longitudinal fMRI Study on Non-Gamers
published pages: 22-30, ISSN: 1424-862X, DOI: 10.1159/000487217
Neurosignals 2019-06-19
2019 Steffen Moritz, Alia Marie Paulus, Birgit Hottenrott, Roland Weierstall, Jürgen Gallinat, Simone Kühn
Imaginal retraining reduces alcohol craving in problem drinkers: A randomized controlled trial
published pages: 158-166, ISSN: 0005-7916, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2019.04.001
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 64 2019-06-06

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