Rene Hurlemann

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Rene Hurlemann is a German Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oldenburg.

Early life[edit]

Rene Hurlemann had obtained his M.D. degree in 2001 from the University of Bonn and then received M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Maastricht University in 2006 and 2007 respectively.[1] In 2008 he became a resident physician at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn and by 2013 became the head of the Medical Psychology Division at the same place.[2]


In 2013 Rene became Helen C. Levitt Endowed Annual Visiting Professor at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa and later on became Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology. In 2015 Dr. Hurlemann was promoted to the Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, at the University Hospital Bonn.[2]


In 2012 Rene Hurlemann had published a study in The Journal of Neuroscience which explains why oxytocin is important for flirting couples.[3] In 2015 Dr. Hurlemann spoke to the daily newspaper General-Anzeiger about phobias, particularly vertigo.[4]

In 2017 he had partnered with researchers from Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the University of Lübeck to conduct a study on oxytocin and how it reduces xenophobia.[5] In his study, while it does decrease xenophobia, it does leads to monogamy[6] as was proven by him and Dirk Scheele who published the work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.[7]

The same year, Hurlemann published research showing that oxytocin combined with a prominent social norm, could lead to increased acceptance of migrants. Hurlemann sees his findings as indicative that a greater focus on positive social encounters could combat xenophobia.[8] He also held an evening on depression along with Drs. Wolfgang Maier and Dieter Schoepf.[9]


  1. ^ "Rene Hurlemann". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Rene Hurlemann". Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ Scheele, D. (2012). "Oxytocin Modulates Social Distance between Males and Females". The Journal of Neuroscience. 32 (46): 16074–16079. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2755-12.2012. PMID 23152592.
  4. ^ Clemens Boisserée (6 August 2015). ""Der Schreck muss seinen Schrecken verlieren"". General-Anzeiger (in German). Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Oxytocin and social norms reduce xenophobia". University of Bonn. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  6. ^ Michelle Castillo (15 November 2012). "Hormone oxytocin may keep men monogamous, study suggests". CBS News. CBS. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  7. ^ Scheele, D.; Wille, A.; Kendrick, K. M.; Stoffel-Wagner, B.; Becker, B.; Gunturkun, O.; Maier, W.; Hurlemann, R. (2013). "Oxytocin leads to monogamy". PNAS. 110 (50): 20308–20313. Bibcode:2013PNAS..11020308S. doi:10.1073/pnas.1314190110. PMC 3864312. PMID 24277856.
  8. ^ "Oxytocin and social norms reduce xenophobia". University of Bonn. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Raus aus der Abwärtsspirale negativer Gefühle" [Get out of the downward spiral of negative feelings] (in German). 21 September 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2019.

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