I am interested in emotional learning from a perspective of basic research but also from a clinical point of view. Especially in anxiety disorders as well as in behavioral and substance-related addictions former neutral stimuli gain either aversive or appetitive properties by associative learning processes. In my research I primarily use fMRI to uncover the neural basis of these processes. A better understanding of the underlying mechanisms helps to develop new treatment approaches. Therefore, in the long run, me and my research group hope to diminish the burden of patients suffering from different psychopathology by implementing new mechanism-oriented therapeutic measures.