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On the interplay of endocrine functioning and socio-emotional competencies from adolescence to old age: Implications for emotional well-being and depressive disorders

Principal Investigators: PD Dr. Michaela Riediger (Principle Investigator FUB, FB Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie; Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Heisenberg Group), Prof. Dr. Malek Bajbouj (Principle Investigator CUB, Neurologie, Neurochirurgie und Psychiatrie)

Collaborating Researchers: Dr. Antje Rauers (FUB, Heisenberg Group), Dr. Sandra Düzel (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Heisenberg Group), Prof. Kathryn Paige Harden (University of Texas at Austin), Jun.-Prof. Dr. Cornelia Wrzus (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), Prof. Dr. Manuel Voelkle (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wager (DIW, Berlin) Dr. Yan Fan (CUB)

Project Summary: This project investigates the interplay between endocrine processes and emotional well-being and depressive disorders. We hypothesize that cortisol and testosterone interact to influence how an individual experiences and regulates emotions, and that these socio-emotional competencies, in turn, serve as risk or resilience factors for mental health problems. Our developmental perspective spans the age range from adolescence to old age, and thus includes life phases with pronounced endocrine changes (i.e., puberty and menopause).