Lisa Weckesser, Dr. rer.nat.

Research Associate (Postdoc) VCF

Lisa Weckesser

Contact information


Technische Universität Dresden


Faculty of Science


Chair of Biopsychology


01062 Dresden



Phone: +49 (0)351 463-33708

Research Statement

I am interested in how acute stress impacts on

cognitive processing in humans. Based on animal research, one

promising neurophysiological mechanism of stress-induced alterations of

cognitive processing relies on the stress hormone cortisol and its modulation

of glutamatergic neurotransmission across the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor

(NMDAR). In my PhD thesis, I validated this putative route of stress and

cortisol action on NMDAR-related cognitive processes in humans (e.g.,

perceptual decision-making) by combining pharmacological and psychosocial

interventions to experimentally manipulate both, acute stress and the presumed

neurophysiological mediators of its effects on cognitive processing (i.e.,

cortisol or NMDAR).

Scientific Education

03/2017        PhD in psychology, Technische Universität Dresden(Title: perceptual decision-making under stress: psychopharmacological insights from partial report and dual-tasks)        
10/2013 – 03/2017PhD student, Faculty of Science, Chair of Biopsychology, Technische Universität Dresden
10/2009 – 09/2013Studies of Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden (degree: diploma)
10/2008 – 09/2009    Studies of Psychology,University of Erlangen (bachelor)            


Professional Experience

since 04/2017Postdoctoral researcher, Chair of Biopsychology, Technische Universität Dresden


Research assistant, Department of Biological Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden
04/2010-08/2010Internship, Imperial College London
12/2007-07/2008Voluntary Year of Social Service, Krankenhaus-Waldfriede, Berlin
11/ 2007Internship, Clinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Krankenhaus-Berlin-Spandau, Berlin

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

  • Certification

    for the administration and scoring of the “Bayle Scale of Infant and Toddler

    Development TM (III)”, Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge

  • DAAD travel award, ISPNE conference,

    Miami, USA

  • Travel Award, Freunde und

    Förderer der TU Dresden, ISPNE conference Edinburgh, UK

  • Karl-und-Charlotte-Bühler award

    for an outstanding diploma degree


Selected Publications


L. J.*,

Alexander, N. C., Kirschbaum, C., Mennigen, E., & Miller, R. (2016).

Hydrocortisone counteracts adverse stress effects on dual-task performance by

improving visual sensory processes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(11), 1784-1803.




Miller, R., Weckesser,

L. J.*, Smolka, M. N., Kirschbaum, C., & Plessow, F. (2015).

Hydrocortisone accelerates the decay of iconic memory traces: On the modulation

of executive and stimulus-driven constituents of sensory information

maintenance. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 53, 148-158.





L. J.*,

Plessow, F., Pilhatsch, M., Muehlhan, M., Kirschbaum, C., & Miller, R.

(2014). Do venepuncture procedures induce cortisol responses? A review, study,

and synthesis for stress research. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 46,







*(Shared) first authorship