Our research group is mainly focused on fundamental research. Its main ambition is to improve the understanding of the causes and consequences of mammalian behaviour. There are three focuses of research:
(1) stress, stress avoidance and welfare;
(2) evolution and development of social behaviour, with special emphasis on the prenatal phase and adolescence;
(3) the role of gene/environment interactions in the control of emotional, cognitive, and social behaviour.
Furthermore we are interested in the interdisciplinary discourse with the humanities and the social sciences
Freund, J; Brandmaier, AM; Lewejohann, L; Kirste, I; Kritzler, M; Krüger, A; Sachser, N; Lindenberger, U; Kempermann, G (2013): Emergence of individuality in genetically identical mice. Science 340: 756-9.
Sachser, N; Hennessy, MB; Kaiser, S (2011): Adaptive modulation of behavioural profiles by social stress during early phases of life and adolescence. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews 35: 1518-33.
Glocker, ML; Langleben, DD; Ruparel, K; Loughead, JW; Valdez, JN; Griffin, MD; Sachser, N; Gur, RC (2009): Baby schema modulates the brain reward system in nulliparous women. Proceedings of the National Academie of Sciences of the USA. 106:9115-9.
Hennessy, MB; Kaiser, S; Sachser, N (2009): Social buffering of the stress response: diversity, mechanisms, and functions. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 30(4): 470-82.
Carter CS; Ahnert L; Grossmann K; Hrdy SB; Lamb ME; Porges SW; Sachser N (eds). (2005) Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis. MIT Press, Cambridge.
|1974-1984||Studies in Biology, Chemistry, and Social Sciences, Bielefeld University|
|1984||Dr. rer. nat. (Zoology, Behavioural Biology), Bielefeld University|
|1985-1987||Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Animal Physiology, Bayreuth University|
|1987-1994||Assistant Professor, Dept. Animal Physiology, Bayreuth University|
|1992||Habilitation (Zoology), Bayreuth University|
|since 1994||Professor of Zoology (Behavioural Biology), Münster University|
Honours and Special Recognitions
|1980-1982||Doctoral fellowship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes|
|1988-1996||German delegate of the International Ethological Council|
|1994-1999||Member of the advisory board German Zoological Society|
|since 1997||Editorial board: Physiology & Behavior|
|since 1997||Editorial board: Hormones & Behavior|
|1997-1999||Vice-president of the Ethologische Gesellschaft|
|1997-1999||President of the Ethologische Gesellschaft|
|2002||Organisation of the First European Conference on Behavioural Biology / Foundation of a new biannual conference tradition in Europe|
|2003||Call for a professorship at Hamburg University: Chair in Behavioural Ecology / Declined|
|2004||Vice-dean of the Faculty of Biology|
|2005-2008||Dean of the Faculty of Biology|
|since 2008||Member of the scientific advisory board of the University of Münster|
|since 2012||Honorary member of the Ethological Society|