24.06.20227th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA)

From June 20-22, 2022, the 7th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA) took place in Nottingham, where FOR scientists were also represented. The participants look back on an eventful week with exciting presentations and discussions. The photo shows the participants from the University of Duisburg-Essen, representing all FOR members who were at the ICBA.

11.04.2022Assessment of Criteria for Specific Internet-use Disorders (ACSID-11)

With the ACSID-11 (Assessment of Criteria for Specific Internet-use Disorders), we have currently developed a questionnaire for the symptom assessment of Internet-use disorders based on the ICD-11 (and with 11 items) - the manuscript has just been published in the Journal of Behavioural Addictions! What a great collaboration with Silke Müller, Elisa Wegmann, Andreas Oelker, Rudolf Stark, Astrid Müller, Christian Montag, Klaus Wölfling, Hans-Jürgen Rumpf und Matthias Brand!


11.02.2022Annual Report 2021

We look back on a successful year 2021, in which FOR 2974 started its work in May. Despite difficult conditions and without being able to physically meet once as a whole group, we have so far been able to achieve the milestones we set and in particular to meet the start of data collection with only minor delays. What has happened in FOR 2974 since May 2021? A lot!!!

We have already published several articles in relevant peer-reviewed journals addressing theoretical aspects, systematic and narrative overviews of the topic and presenting the work of the FOR (Go to publications).

The launch event took place virtually in September, but with a beach atmosphere and gustatory and content highlights.

Also in September, FOR 2974 was represented at the German Addiction Congress with numerous contributions and its own FOR symposium.

Shortly afterwards, the programming of the core battery for the examinations of the test persons across the individual sub-projects was completed and the staff could be intensively trained.

After all preparations had been made, recruitment could begin and the first test persons found their way into our laboratories in November.

Shortly before Christmas, the meeting with the Advisory Board took place. The members are Prof. Dr. Marc N. Potenza (Yale University, USA), Prof. Dr. Naomi Fineberg (University of Hertfordshire, University of Cambridge, UK), Prof. Dr. Susana Jiménez-Murcia (University Hospital of Bellvitge, Barcelona, Spain) Prof. Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics (University of Gibraltar) and Prof. Dr. Daniel King (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia).

We are looking forward to an exciting year 2022 with interesting events, workshops, congress participations, first analyses and hopefully numerous publications on the exciting topic of FOR 2974.

24.01.2022Panel discussion on the film "Picture a Scientist"

Moderated by Christine Altstötter-Gleich, a panel discussion on the film "Picture a Scientist" took place on 24.01.2022 as part of the research group's work. The panel, which was made up of the great people Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Bingel, Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler and Prof. Dr. Elke Kalbe, lively discussed the contents of the film and entered into an inspiring exchange with the members of the research group. Everyone had the opportunity to watch the film beforehand. A successful event on an extremely important topic.

19.05.2021Twitter Account


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01.05.2021Start of the research group

The research group (FOR 2974) started its work on May 1, 2021. In seven sub-projects, the psychological and neurobiological processes of the development and maintenance of specific Internet use disorders are to be researched.

25.09.2020DFG research group approved

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the research group (FOR 2974) "Affective and cognitive mechanisms of specific Internet-use disorders" (ACSID). The spokesperson for the research group is Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand. Colleagues from the UDE work together with colleagues from the Universities of Bamberg, Bochum, Gießen, Mainz, Lübeck, Siegen, Ulm and the Hannover Medical School. The aim of the research group is to better understand the psychological and neurobiological processes involved in the development and maintenance of specific Internet use disorders in order to make a contribution to improve prevention and therapy.

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