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Dr Markus Hausmann

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43286
Room number: L53
Telephone: 0191 33 43286

Contact Dr Markus Hausmann (email at markus.hausmann@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

1996 Diploma in Psychology (Dipl. Psych.)
2000 PhD in Psychology (Dr. rer. nat.)
2006 Habilitation, Venia legendi in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Markus joined Durham University (UK) as Associate Professor in April 2007. Prior to this he held positions as Assistant Professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and as Senior Research Fellow at University of Auckland, New Zealand and Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey. Markus’ research covers the full range of topics that comprise biological and neuropsychology, from spatial cognition to attention, from neuroendocrinology to social cognition. He has made a particular contribution to the understanding of hormonal modulation of cognition and functional brain organisation by proposing and developing the “hypothesis of progesterone-mediated interhemispheric decoupling”, the idea that sex hormones modulate the interaction between the left and right cerebral hemispheres. More recently he proposed and developed a biopsychosocial approach of cognitive sex/gender differences. This work has been published in over 100 academic papers, in journals such as Archives of Sexual Behavior, Cortex, Hormones & Behavior, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuropsychologia, Neuroimage, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Intelligence. Markus is committed to supporting and shaping the future of psychological science and has held roles as panel member and grant reviewer for funding bodies, including international research councils in Austria (ÖAW), Belgium (FNRS, FWO), Germany (DFG), Israel (ISF), Ireland (SFI), The Netherlands (NWO), Switzerland (SNF), and the UK (British Academy, ESRC, MRC, Welcome Trust). He is currently Action Editor at Brain & Cognition and became Editor at Laterality in 2019.

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Research Interests

  • A biopsychosocial approach to cognitive sex differences
  • Neuromodulatory properties of sex hormones
  • Hemispheric asymmetries and interhemispheric interaction
  • Spatial attention and spatial cognition
  • Social cognition
  • Emotional face recognition

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2008: Best Supervisor Award, German Society of Psychology (DGPs), Section Biological and Neuropsychology:
  • 2010: Invited Speaker: 28th European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy:
  • 2010: Invited Speaker: 38th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Acapulco, Mexico.:
  • 2010: Invited Speaker: Austrian Science Day, Semmering, Austria:
  • 2011: Invited Speaker: 43rd European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS) Meeting, Seville, Spain:
  • 2012: Action Editor Brain and Cognition:
  • 2015: Invited Speaker: International symposium, Dept. Biol. Med. Psychology. University of Bergen, Norway:
  • 2015: Invited Speaker: International Women's Day 2015, Durham University:
  • 2016: Book Review Editor - Laterality:
  • 2016: Invited Speaker: The Royal Society, Buckinghamshire, UK:
  • 2017: External Examiner Neuroscience MRes, University of Newcastle (2017-2020):
  • 2017: Invited Speaker: National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina:
  • 2019: Editor - Laterality:
  • 2019: External PhD Examiner, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia:
  • 2019: Invited Speaker: International Women's Day 2019. Macquarie University, Sydney:

Selected Publications

Book review

  • Hausmann, M. (2009). Hormones and behaviour: a psychological approach. American Journal of Human Biology 21: 228-229.

Chapter in book

  • Hausmann, M. & Burt, D. M. (2018). Sex hormonal effects on brain lateralization. In Routledge International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology. Schultheiss, C. & Mehta, P. H. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 357-370.
  • Hausmann, M. (2011). Sex oder Gender? Neurobiologie kognitiver Geschlechtsunterschiede. In Wissenschaft und Gender. Gottfried, M., Neck, R. & Spiel, C. Vienna: Böhlau. 55-79.
  • Hirnstein, M. & Hausmann, M. (2010). Kognitive Geschlechtsunterschiede. In Handbuch Psychologie und Geschlechterforschung. Steins, G. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften. 69-85.
  • Hausmann, M. & Bayer, U. (2010). Sex hormonal Effects on Hemispheric Asymmetry and Interhemispheric Interaction. In The Two Halves of the Brain. Information Processing in the Cerebral Hemispheres. Hugdahl, K. & Westerhausen, R. MIT press. 253-286.
  • Jordan, K. & Hausmann, M. (2010). Sexualhormone und Verhalten. In Neurobiologie forensich-relevanter Störungen. Müller, J. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. 118-126.
  • Hausmann, M. (2008). Geschlecht, Sexualhormone und Hirnasymmetrie. In Handbuch der Neuro- und Biopsychologie. Hermann, M. & Gauggel, S. Göttingen: Hogrefe. 287-302.
  • Güntürkün, O. & Hausmann, M. (2007). Funktionelle Hirnorganisation und Geschlecht. In Gehirn und Geschlechts – Neurowissenschaft des kleinen Unterschieds zwischen Frau und Mann. Lautenbacher, S., Güntürkün, O. & Hausmann, M. Heidelberg: Springer Science. 87-104.
  • Hausmann, M. (2007). Kognitive Geschlechtsunterschiede. In Gehirn und Geschlecht – Neurowissenschaft des kleinen Unterschieds zwischen Frau und Mann. Lautenbacher, S., Hausmann, M. & Güntürkün, O. Heidelberg: Springer Science. 105-124.
  • Hausmann, M. (2005). Hirnstrukturelle und hirnphysiologische Besonderheiten der Frau. In Frauengesundheit - Ein praktischer Leitfaden für Ärzte und Psychotherapeuten. Riecher-Rössler, A. & Bitzer, J. München: Urban & Fischer. 62-71.
  • Hausmann, M. & Sänger, J. (2004). Wie Sexualhormone unser Denken beeinflussen. In Warum Frauen glauben, Sie könnten nicht einparken und Männer ihnen Recht geben - Über Schwächen, die gar keine sind. Eine Antwort auf A. & B. Pease. Quaiser-Pohl, C. & Jordan, K. München: Verlag C. H. Beck. 56-70.
  • Hausmann, M. (2001). Variationen der funktionellen cerebralen Asymmetrie: Modulation durch gonadale Steroidhormone. In Psychologie 2000, Bericht über den 42. Kongreß der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie in Jena 2000. Silbereisen, R. K. & Reitzle, M. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers. 587-593.
  • Hausmann, M. (2000). Geschlechtsspezifische Aspekte der funktionellen zerebralen Asymmetrie und deren Relevanz für die Psychiatrie. In Psychische Erkrankungen bei Frauen. Riecher-Rössler, A. & Rohde, A. Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger. 122-135.
  • Hausmann, M. & Güntürkün, O. (2000). Plastizität cerebraler Asymmetrien. In Aktuelle Aspekte der Neurorehabilitation. Daum, I. & Widdig, W. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers. 12-30.

Edited book

  • Lautenbacher, S., Güntürkün, O. & Hausmann, M. (2007). Gehirn und Geschlecht – Neurowissenschaft des kleines Unterschieds zwischen Frau und Mann. Heidelberg: Springer Science.

Edited Journal

  • Hausmann, M. & Schober, B. (2012). Sex and Gender Differences Revisited - New Perspectives and New Findings. Zeitschrift für Psychologie (Journal of Psychology), 220 (2).

Journal Article

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