Belinda Pletzer

Belinda Pletzer

Full Professor

PLUS Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences

Department of Psychology


Via my master studies at the Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, I obtained an inter-disciplinary background comprised of biology, psychology, philosophy and mathematics. I obtained two PhDs in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience, respectively, and spent my first PostDoc year at the University of California, Irvine, researching the effects of sex and sex hormones on processing strategies during cognitive tasks. After returning to Austria, I followed up on this question including brain parameters within the framework of a single investigators project funded by the Austrian Science Fund. The results were summarized in my habilitation thesis in Psychology.

Current Research Focus

My research interests comprise all aspects of hormone-brain interactions, with a particular focus on sex hormones and gender-related aspects of neuroscience. I am currently the PI of the ERC Starting Grant BECONTRA, which investigates the effects of hormonal contraceptives on the female brain.



Mental Health Symptoms in Oral Contraceptive Users During Short-Term Hormone Withdrawal
Isabel A. Noachtar, Vibe G. Frokjaer, Belinda Pletzer
JAMA Network Open
Emotion recognition and mood along the menstrual cycle
Belinda Pletzer, Isabel Noachtar
Hormones and Behavior
Hormonal contraception & face processing: examining face gender, androgenicity & treatment duration
Belinda Pletzer, Isabel Noachtar, Esmeralda Hidalgo Lopez
Triple network model of brain connectivity changes related to adverse mood effects in an oral contraceptive placebo-controlled trial
Esmeralda Hidalgo-Lopez, Jonas Engman, Inger Sundström Poromaa, Malin Gingnell, Belinda Pletzer
Translational Psychiatry


Weak associations between personality and contraceptive choice
Belinda Pletzer, Carmen Lang, Birgit Derntl, Ramune Griksiene
Frontiers in Neuroscience
Duration of oral contraceptive use relates to cognitive performance and brain activation in current and past users
Isabel Asar Noachtar, Esmeralda Hidalgo Lopez, Belinda Pletzer
Frontiers in Endocrinology
Estradiol during (analogue-)trauma: Risk- or protective factor for intrusive re-experiencing?
Laila K. Franke, Stephan F. Miedl, Sarah K. Danböck, Johanna Lohse, Michael Liedlgruber, Paul-Christian Bürkner, Belinda Pletzer, Frank H. Wilhelm
Eye-Movements During Navigation in a Virtual Environment: Sex Differences and Relationship to Sex Hormones
TiAnni Harris, Johanna Hagg, Belinda Pletzer
Frontiers in Neuroscience
Sex and strategy effects on brain activation during a 3D-navigation task
Isabel Noachtar, Ti-Anni Harris, Esmeralda Hidalgo-Lopez, Belinda Pletzer
Communications Biology
Oral contraceptives modulate the relationship between resting brain activity, amygdala connectivity and emotion recognition – a resting state fMRI study
Shanice Mentin-Henry, Esmeralda Hidalgo-Lopez, Markus Aichhorn, Martin Kronbichler, Hubert Kerschbaum, Belinda Pletzer
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience


The gonadal response to social stress and its relationship to cortisol
Belinda Pletzer, Eefje S. Poppelaars, Johannes Klackl, Eva Jonas
Stress: the International Journal on Biology of Stress
Can Cochlear Implantation in Older Adults Reverse Cognitive Decline Due to Hearing Loss?
Maria Huber, Sebastian Roesch, Belinda Pletzer, Julia Lukaschyk, Anke Lesinski-Schiedat, Angelika Illg
Ear and Hearing
How Smart Is It to Go to Bed with the Phone? The Impact of Short-Wavelength Light and Affective States on Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Sarah Rebecca Schmid, Christopher Höhn, Kathrin Bothe, Christina P. Plamberger, Monika Angerer, Belinda Pletzer, Kerstin Hoedlmoser
Clocks & Sleep
Impact of menstrual cycle phase and oral contraceptives on sleep and overnight memory consolidation
Christina Paula Plamberger, Helen Elisabeth Van Wijk, Hubert Kerschbaum, Belinda Angela Pletzer, Georg Gruber, Karin Oberascher, Martin Dresler, Michael Andreas Hahn, Kerstin Hoedlmoser
Journal of Sleep Research
Delta-beta cross-frequency coupling as an index of stress regulation during social-evaluative threat
Eefje S. Poppelaars, Johannes Klackl, Belinda Pletzer, Eva Jonas
Biological Psychology
The Missing Link: Global-Local Processing Relates to Number-Magnitude Processing in Women
Belinda Pletzer, Andrea Scheuringer, Ti Anni Harris, Thomas Scherndl
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Preliminary Results: The Impact of Smartphone Use and Short-Wavelength Light during the Evening on Circadian Rhythm, Sleep and Alertness
Christopher Höhn, Sarah R. Schmid, Christina P. Plamberger, Kathrin Bothe, Monika Angerer, Georg Gruber, Belinda Pletzer, Kerstin Hoedlmoser
Clocks & Sleep


Eye-movements during number comparison: Associations to sex and sex hormones
Larissa Schulte, Stefan Hawelka, Belinda Angela Pletzer
Physiology and Behavior
Intra-subject consistency of spontaneous eye blink rate in young women across the menstrual cycle
Esmeralda Hidalgo-Lopez, Georg Zimmermann, Belinda Pletzer
Scientific Reports
What's in a Hub?-Representing Identity in Language and Mathematics
Aditi Arora, Belinda Pletzer, Markus Aichhorn, Josef Perner
Cognition in older adults with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss compared to peers with normal hearing for age
Maria Huber, Sebastian Roesch, Belinda Angela Pletzer, Julia Lukaschyk, Anke Lesinski-Schiedat, Angelika Illg
International Journal of Audiology
Human menstrual cycle variation in subcortical functional brain connectivity: a multimodal analysis approach
Esmeralda Hidalgo-Lopez, Karsten Mueller, Ti Anni Harris, Markus Aichhorn, Julia Sacher, Belinda Pletzer
Brain Structure and Function
Use of an estradiol-based combined oral contraceptives has no influence on attentional bias or depressive symptoms in healthy women
Andrea Scheuringer, Cecilia Lundin, Birgit Derntl, Belinda Pletzer, Inger Sundström Poromaa