Madeleine Kördel

M.Sc., PhD Student

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Madeleine joined the lab as a PhD student and member of the IRTG 2804 to work on the modulatory effects of hormonal contraception in 2023. In the same year, she graduated with an M.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Würzburg, where she also did her B.Sc. in Psychology. Her master’s thesis was about the effects of the gambling ban on mental health and gambling behavior. During her master’s degree, Madeleine worked as a research assistant in the research group “Cognitive Control in the Context of Stress and Health” at the University of Würzburg.

Before starting her PhD, Madeleine participated in an exchange program at the University of Pavia in Italy. During her exchange, she deepened her interest in neuroscientific research as part of the program in “Human Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology.” In addition to her curricular activities, Madeleine was leading the HR department of the student consultancy  “i.a.c. Würzburg e.V.”. She was also an active member of the Psychology Student Association in Würzburg.

During her PhD, she is going to investigate the neuropsychological effects of hormonal contraception use on mood homeostasis and stress responsivity. To this end, she plans to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as well as ecological momentary assessment and biopsychological measurements.