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Shiban, Youssef

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Office address

Universität Regensburg
Gebäude PT Raumnr. 2.0.25
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

Phone + 49 (0)941/943-6044
E-Mail youssef.shiban@psychologie.uni-regensburg.de


1996 -1998

Electrical Engineering,
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
1999 - 2003 Bachelor in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology,
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
2005 - 2008 Thesis: “The effect of audio visual stimulation on anxiety and attention”
University of Erlangen, Germany.
2009 - 2013

Phd student in Psychologie
Thesis: “The influence of exposition therapy in multiple contexts on the renewal phenomena following contextual change and the mechanisms behind it. Studies in virtual reality”
Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Deutschland

Professional experience


Research assistant, PTSD prevention Project (Hosen), Israel.
2007 Internship in psychotherapy and psychiatry department in Nazareth hospital, Israel, under supervision of Psychologist Osama Kondus.
2009 - 2013 Teaching and coordinating the combined learning project (supervising electronic exams, supervising e-learning courses), Dept. of Psychology I, University of Würzburg, Germany.
since 2013

Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, Germany

Research interests

  • Virtual reality
  • Conditioning
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Stress disorders


Levine, S. M., Pfaller, M., Reichenberger, J., Shiban, Y., Mühlberger, A., Rupprecht, R., & Schwarzbach, J. V. (2018). Relating experimentally-induced fear to pre-existing phobic fear in the human brain. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 164-172. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsx147

Shiban, E., Lehmberg, J., Hoffmann, U., Thiel, J., Probst, T., Friedl, M., Mühlberger, A., Meyer, B., & Shiban, Y. (2018). Peritraumatic distress fully mediates the relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms preoperative and three months postoperative in patients undergoing spine surgery. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 9. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2018.1423824

Reichenberger, J., Porsch, S., Wittmann, J., Zimmermann V., & Shiban, Y. (2017). Social Fear Conditioning Paradigm in Virtual Reality: Social vs. Electrical Aversive Conditioning. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:1979. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01979 

Weeth, A., Mühlberger, A., & Shiban, Y. (2017). Was it less painful for knights? Influence of appearance in pain perception. European Journal of Pain. doi: 10.1002/ejp.108

Dechant, M., Trimpl, S., Wolff, C., Mühlberger, A., & Shiban, Y. (2017). Potential Of Virtual Reality As A Diagnostic Tool For Social Anxiety: A Pilot Study. Computer in Human Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.07.005

Zimmermann, V., Wittmann, J., Sparrer, D., Mühlberger, A., & Shiban, Y. (2017). The generalization of conditioned startle responses from known to unknown lies. Learning and Motivation, 59, 64-69. doi: 10.1016/j.lmot.2017.05.002

Lonsdorf, T.B., Menz, M.M., Andreatta, M., Fullana, M.A., Golkar, A., Haaker, J., Heitland, I., Hermann, A., Kuhn, M., Kruse, O., Drexler, S.M., Meulders, A., Nees, F., Pittig, A., Richter, J., Römer, S., Shiban, Y., Schmitz, A., Straube, B., Vervliet, B., Wendt, J., Baas, J.M.P., & Merz, C.J. (2017). Don’t fear ‘fear conditioning’: Methodological considerations for the design and analysis of studies on human fear acquisition, extinction, and return of fear. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 77, 247-285. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.02.026

Shiban, Y., Diemer, J., Müller, J., Brütting-Schick, J., Pauli, P., & Mühlberger, A. (2017). Diaphragmatic breathing during virtual reality exposure therapy for aviophobia: functional coping strategy or avoidance behavior? BMC Psychiatry, 17, 1-10. doi: 10.1186/s12888-016-1181-2  [http://rdcu.be/oCSv]

Shiban, Y., Diemer, J., Brandl, S., Zack, R., Mühlberger A., & Wüst, A. (2016). Trier Social Stress Test in vivo and in virtual reality: Dissocation of response domains. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 110, 47-55. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.10.008

Shiban, Y., Fruth, M.B., Pauli, P., Kinateder, M., Reichenberger, J., & Mühlberger, A. (2016). Treatment effect on biases in size estimation in spider phobia. Biological Psychology, 121, Part B, 146-152. doi: 10.1016/biopsycho.2016.03.005

Shiban, Y., Peperkorn, H., Alpers, G.W., Pauli, P., & Mühlberger, A. (2016) Influence of perceptual cues and conceptual information on the activation and reduction of claustrophobic fear. J of Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry, 51, 19-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2015.11.002

Shiban, Y., Wittmann, J., Weißinger, M., & Mühlberger, A. (in press). Gradual extinction reduces Reinstatement. Front Behav Neurosci. 9, 254. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00254

Shiban, Y., Schelhorn, I., Pauli, P., & Mühlberger, A. (2015). Effect of combined multiple contexts and multiple stimuli exposure in spider phobis: a randomized clinical trial in virtual reality. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 71, 45-53. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.05.014

Shiban, Y., Reichenberger, J., Neumann, I. D., & Mühlberger, A. (2015). Social conditioning and extinction paradigm: A translational study in virtual reality. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.0040

Shiban, Y., Schelhorn, I., Jobst, V., Hörnlein, A., Puppe, F., Pauli, P., & Mühlberger, A. (2015). The Appearance Effect: Influences of virtual agent features on performance and motivation. Computers in Human Behavior, 49, 5-11. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.01.077

Diemer, J. E., Alpers, G. W., Peperkorn, H. M., Shiban, Y., & Mühlberger, A. (2015). The impact of perception and presence on emotional reactions: A review of research in virtual reality. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 26. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00026

Shiban, Y., Brütting, J., Pauli, P., & Mühlberger, A. (2015). Fear reactivation prior to exposure therapy: Does it facilitate the effects of VR exposure in a randomized clinical sample? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 133-140. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2014.09.009


Shiban, E.*, Shiban, Y.*, Pauli, P., Lehmberg, J., Mühlberger, A., & Meyer, B. (2014). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in elective spine surgery. A misattributed disorder? Paper presented at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie. Dresden. doi:10.3205/14dgnc524 * equal contribution


Shiban, E., Shiban, Y., Sahinovic, L., Kapp, C., Mühlberger, A., Meyer, B., & Lehmberg, J. (2014). Incidence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms in Skull Base Surgery. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base, 75(S 02), a146. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1384050


Shiban, Y., Pauli, P., & Muhlberger, A. (2013). Effect of multiple context exposure on renewal in spider phobia. Behav Res Ther, 51(2), 68-74. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2012.10.007


Shiban, Y. (2013). Attenuating Renewal following Exposure Therapy: Mechanisms of Exposure in Multiple Contexts and its Influence on the Renewal of Fear; Studies in Virtual Reality. Würzburg, Universität Würzburg, Diss., 2013. opus.bibliothek.uni-wuerzburg.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/6467

  1. Fakultät für Psychologie, Pädagogik und Sportwissenschaft
  2. Institut für Psychologie

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy