Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology
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Adriane Icenhour is a postdoctoral research fellow in the research group Experimental Psychobiology of Prof. Elsenbruch at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology, Essen University Hospital. She studied psychology at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen and obtained her Ph.D. at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology. After successful graduation, Dr. Icenhour spent a DFG-funded research fellowship at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology und Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), University of Linköping in Sweden. She returned to the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology to continue her scientific research activities as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Essen University Hospital.


My research is dedicated to the neural mechanisms underlying the communication along the brain-gut-axis. I am interested in role of psychological factors in visceral pain processing as a key symptom in several gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. Neurobiological underpinnings of pain-related learning and memory processes and their influence on the development and persistence of pain-related fear, as well as on changes in mechanisms of attention are a main focus of my research in this interdisciplinary field.

Selected publications

Icenhour A, Witt ST, Elsenbruch S, Lowén M, Engström M, Tillisch K, Mayer EA, Walter S.
Brain functional connectivity is associated with visceral sensitivity in women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Neuroimage Clin. 2017;15:449-457.

Icenhour A, Labrenz F, Ritter C, Theysohn N, Forsting M, Bingel U, Elsenbruch S.

Learning by experience? Visceral pain-related neural and behavioral responses in a classical conditioning paradigm.
Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2017;29(6).

Claassen J, Labrenz F, Ernst TM, Icenhour A, Langhorst J, Forsting M, Timmann D, Elsenbruch S.
Altered cerebellar activity in visceral pain-related fear conditioning in irritable bowel syndrome.
Cerebellum. 2017;16:508-517.

Labrenz F, Icenhour A, Schlamann M, Forsting M, Bingel U, Elsenbruch S.
From Pavlov to pain: How predictability affects the anticipation and processing of visceral pain in a fear conditioning paradigm.
NeuroImage. 2016;15:104-114.

Labrenz F*, Icenhour A*, Benson S, Elsenbruch S.
Contingency awareness shapes acquisition and extinction of emotional responses in a conditioning model of pain-related fear.
Front Behav Neurosci. 2015;9:318. [*Both authors contributed equally to this work].

Icenhour A, Elsenbruch S, Benson S.
Biological and psychosocial influences on sex- or gender-associated differences in pain.
Gender. 2015;2:11-28.

Icenhour A, Kattoor J, Benson S, Boekstegers A, Schlamann M, Merz C, Forsting M, Elsenbruch S.
Neural circuitry underlying effects of context on human pain-related fear extinction in a renewal paradigm.
Hum Brain Mapp. 2015;36: 3179-3193.

Icenhour A, Langhorst J, Benson S, Schlamann M, Hampel S, Engler H, Forsting M, Elsenbruch S.
Neural circuitry of abdominal pain-related fear learning and reinstatement in irritable bowel syndrome.
Neurogastroent Motil 2015;27: 114-127.

Labrenz F, Icenhour A, Thürling M, Schlamann M, Forsting M, Timmann D, Elsenbruch S.
Sex differences in cerebellar mechanisms involved in pain-related safety learning.
Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2015;123: 92-99.

Gramsch C, Kattoor J, Icenhour A, Forsting M, Schedlowski M, Gizewski ER, Elsenbruch S.
Learning pain-related fear: Neural mechanisms mediating rapid differential conditioning, extinction and reinstatement processes in human visceral pain.
Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2014;116: 36-45.