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Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarting  

Prof. Rainer Schwarting, Dr. rer. nat.

Philipps-University of Marburg, Faculty of Psychology,

Experimental and Biological Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience lab,

Gutenbergstr. 18, 35032 Marburg

Phone: +49 6421-2823639, Fax: +49 6421-2823610





Research focus
psychopharmacology (psychostimulants, opioids), neuropsychoimmunology (cytokines),
individual differences, procedural learning, neurobiology of ultrasonic vocalization, experimental brain damage, functional deficits, recovery, basal ganglia, limbic system, animal models for neurodegenerative (Parkinson’s disease) and neuropsychiatric diseases (schizophrenia, autism)


- instrumental conditioning, rodent serial reaction time task, object recognition

- open-field, elevated plus-maze, forced swim test

- recording and playback of ultrasonic vocalization (rats, mice), tests for social behaviour

- stereotactic surgery, intracranial microinjection

- neurotoxic lesions (6-OHDA, MPTP, ibotenate)

- histology, immunohistochemistry

- HPLC with electrochemical detection of biogenic amines, ELISA

- genotyping


Publications (10 selected publications since 2007)

1. Wöhr M & Schwarting RKW. (2012) Testing social acoustic memory in rats: Effects of stimulus configuration and long-term memory on the induction of social approach behavior by appetitive 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 98: 154-164.

2. Eckart MT, Hülse-Matia MC & Schwarting RKW. (2012) Dorsal hippocampal lesions boost performance in the rat sequential reaction time task. Hippocampus, 22: 1202-1214.

3. Karrenbauer BD, Müller CP, Ho Yj, Spanagel R, Huston JP, Schwarting RKW & Pawlak CR. (2011) Time-dependent in-vivo effects of interleukin-2 on neurotransmitters in various cortices: Relationships with depressive-related and anxiety-like behaviour. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 237: 23-32.

4. Natusch C & Schwarting RKW. (2010) Using bedding in a test environment critically affects 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations in laboratory rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 96: 251-259.

5. Eckart MT, Huelse-Matia MC, McDonald RS & Schwarting, RKW. (2010) 6-Hydroxydopamine lesions in the rat neostriatum impair sequential learning in a serial reaction time task. Neurotoxicity Research, 17: 287-298.

6. Wöhr M, Kehl M, Borta A, Schänzer A, Schwarting RKW & Höglinger GU. (2009) New insights into the relationship of neurogenesis and affect: Tickling induces hippocampal cell proliferation in rats emitting appetitive 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations. Neuroscience, 163: 1024-1030.

7. Ludwig V, Mihov Y & Schwarting RKW. (2008) Behavioral and neurochemical consequences of multiple MDMA administrations in the rat:  role of individual differences in anxiety-related behavior. Behavioural Brain Research, 189: 52-64.

8. Wöhr M, Dahlhoff M, Wolf E, Holsboer F, Schwarting RKW & Wotjak CT. (2008) Effects of genetic background, gender, and early environmental factors on isolation-induced ultrasonic calling in mouse pups: An embryo-transfer study. Behavior Genetics, 38: 579-595.

9. Wöhr M & Schwarting RKW. (2007) Ultrasonic communication in rats: Can playback of 50-kHz calls induce approach behavior? PLoS One, 2: 1-12.

10. Schwarting RKW, Jegan N & Wöhr M. (2007) Situational factors, conditions and individual variables which can determine ultrasonic vocalizations in male adult Wistar rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 182: 208-222.

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