Dominik Bach

Group Leader
Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research

Curriculum Vitae

  • MSc in Psychology, 2002, Technische Universität Berlin
  • MBBS (Ärztliche Prüfung), 2004, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Dr. med., 2005, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • PhD in Psychology, 2008, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Completion of specialty training (Facharzt) in psychiatry and psychotherapy, 2013, Ärztekammer Berlin
  • BSc Hons in Maths, 2014, Open University, Milton Keynes

Research interests

  • Cognitive and neural mechanisms of threat avoidance in health and disease
  • Computational algorithms for approximate decisions under threat
  • Species-specific and conserved behaviours for threat avoidance

Selected publications

Korn CW & Bach DR (2018). Heuristic and optimal policy computations in the human brain during sequential decision-making. Nature Communications, 9, 325. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-02750-3

Bach DR, Tzovara A, Vunder J (2018). Blocking human fear memory with the matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor doxycycline. Molecular Psychiatry, 23, 1584–1589. doi:10.1038/mp.2017.65

Korn CK, Vunder J, Miro J, Fuentemilla L, Hurlemann R, Bach DR (2017). Amygdala lesions reduce anxiety-like behavior in a human benzodiazepine-sensitive approach-avoidance conflict test. Biological Psychiatry, 82, 522–531. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.01.018

Bach DR, & Dayan, P (2017). Algorithms for survival: a comparative perspective on emotions. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 18, 311–319. doi:10.1038/nrn.2017.35

Bach DR (2015). Anxiety-like behavioural inhibition is normative under environmental threat-reward correlations. PLOS Computational Biology, 11, e1004646. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004646

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