Dr. rer. med. Yacila Isabela Deza-Lougovski

Biologische Psychologie
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Dr. rer. med. Yacila Isabela Deza-Lougovski


  • 2021-2022: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik.
  • 2019-2021: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Université de Genève, Genf, Schweiz.
  • 2019 Promotion an der Technische Universität Dresden. Thema: „ Large-scale brain networks: what the resting brain can tell us about phenotypic differences and pharmacological interventions“.
  • 2013-2018: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin. Systemische Neurowissenschaften, TU Dresden, Dresden, Deutschland.
  • 2008-2011: Master an der Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spanien.
  • 2007-2008: Master an der Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spanien und an der Université Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France.
  • 2006: Studium der Psychologie an der César Vallejo Universität, Trujillo, Peru.



  1. Baez-Lugo, S., Deza-Araujo, Y.I., Maradan, C. et al. Exposure to negative socio-emotional events induces sustained alteration of resting-state brain networks in older adults. Nat Aging (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s43587-022-00341-6
  2. Veer, I.M., Riepenhausen, A., Zerban, M. ... Deza-Araujo, Y. I.,…Kalish, R.. (2021). Psycho-social factors associated with mental resilience in the Corona lockdown. Transl Psychiatry 11, 67, doi.org/10.1038/s41398-020-01150-4
  3. Deza-Araujo YI, Baez-Lugo S, Vuilleumier P, Chocat A, Chételat G, Poisnel G, Klimecki OM; Medit-Ageing Research Group. Whole blood serotonin levels in healthy elderly are negatively associated with the functional activity of emotion-related brain regions. Biol Psychol. 2021 Mar; 160:108051. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2021.108051.
  4. Fang X*, Deza-Araujo YI*, Petzold J, Spreer M, Riedel P, Marxen M, O'Connor SJ, Zimmermann US, Smolka MN. Effects of moderate alcohol levels on default mode network connectivity in heavy drinkers. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 May;45(5):1039-1050. doi: 10.1111/acer.14602. (Shared first authorship)
  5. Neukam P.T, Deza-Araujo Y.I, Marxen M, Pooseh, S., Rischel, M., Schwarzenbold, U., Smolka, M.N. (2019). No evidence for the involvement of serotonin or the 5-HTTLPR genotype in intertemporal choice in a larger community sample. J Psychopharmacol. 33(11):1377-1387. doi:10.1177/0269881119874417
  6. Deza-Araujo, Y.I., Neukam, P.T, Marxen, M, Müller, D.K, Henle, T, Smolka, M.N. (2018). Acute tryptophan loading decreases functional connectivity between the default mode network and emotion‐related brain regions. Hum Brain Mapp. 2019; 40: 1844– 1855. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.24494
  7. Deza-Araujo, Y. I., Nebe, S., Neukam, P. T., Pooseh, S., Sebold, M., Garbusow, M., . . . Smolka, M. N. (2018). Risk seeking for losses modulates the functional connectivity of the default mode and left frontoparietal networks in young males. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience. doi:10.3758/s13415-018-0586-4
  8. Neukam, P. T., Kroemer, N. B., Deza Araujo, Y. I., Hellrung, L., Pooseh, S., Rietschel, M.,. .. Smolka, M. N. (2018). Risk-seeking for losses is associated with 5-HTTLPR, but not with transient changes in 5-HT levels. Psychopharmacology. doi:10.1007/s00213-018-4913-9
  9. Boehm, I., Geisler, D., King, J. A., Ritschel, F., Seidel, M., Deza Araujo, Y., . . . Ehrlich, S. (2014). Increased resting state functional connectivity in the fronto-parietal and default mode network in anorexia nervosa. Front Behav Neurosci, 8, 346. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00346