AGYA Member

Vanessa Lux


Areas of Expertise:
Intersections of Psychology and Genetics, Epigenetics and Neurosciences

About me

I am a research fellow at AE Genetic Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum. My research focuses on the question how the physiological stress response influences early psychobiological development and how this is regulated by epigenetic mechanisms. I also have a passion for unsolved methodological and epistemological issues at the intersections of psychology and other life sciences. Further interests include developmental theory, embodiment theories and conceptual issues in empathy research and trauma research.

In the AGYA I want to establish an exchange between German and Arab life scientists on concepts, methods & ethics. This is especially fruitful since we share philosophical foundations of modern life sciences from Ancient Greeks; in fact some of these have been transmitted to the West thanks to Arab philosophers and scientists. But we also differ in social values and cultural traditions which provides each with a unique perspective on the problems, such as: questions of psychobiological development and early childhood education. A challenge is how to translate knowledge from neuroscience and genetics into psychological and pedagogic theory, and recommendations for policy makers and practitioners.

Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education
  • "Arab-German BioEthics Dialogues", together with Nuha Al-Shaar (in preparation)
  • Epigenetics of psychobiological development and stress
  • Developmental perspectives on embodiment
  • "Neuro-Psychoanalysis: Neuroscience between Science and Humanities" (ongoing collaboration with Sigrid Weigel & Stephanie Eichberg, ZfL Berlin)

Academic Career

2015 -Research Fellow, AE Genetic Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum; Germany
2011 - 2015Research Fellow, Center for Literary and Cultural Research; Berlin, Germany
2013 - 2015Lecturer in "Neuroscience & Cognitive Science" at the Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität Berlin; Germany
2011PhD, Department of Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin; Germany
2009 - 2013Lecturer in "Social Psychiatry" at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences; Germany
2008 - 2009Research Fellow, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics; Richmond/VA, USA
2007 - 2010PhD scholarship Hans Böckler Foundation; Berlin, Germany
2005Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to Master), Freie Universität Berlin; Germany

Selected Publications


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