DynaMORE Newsletter 4 – May 2020

Read about the current project’s progress during Corona times, our achievements , new team members, upcoming events, our most recent publications.

ReApp – the positive reappraisal App!

Try out ReApp, our new mobile intervention based on positive reappraisal! It’s a fast one-week resilience training program for our DynaMINT study. Watch the video clip below for more information. Interested? Contact us: reappstudy@gmail.com

Mental resilience in the Corona lockdown: First empirical insights from Europe

The first results of how people are coping with the Corona crisis are in! Potential resilience factors, exposure to Corona-specific and general stressors, as well as internalizing symptoms were assessed online in 5000 adult Europeans: In comparison with other resilience factors, positive appraisal specifically of the consequences of the Corona crisis was the single strongest resilience factor. Positive appraisal style (PAS) was not only positively associated with resilience (p<0.001) but also mediated the positive association between perceived social support (PSS) and resilience (p<0.001). Resilience, as an outcome, was conceptualized as good mental health despite stressor exposure. Therefore, PAS and PSS can be seen as important modifiable protective factors that can be targeted by public mental health efforts in similar crisis situations in the future.

VIRTUAL, September 2020

6th International Symposium On Resilience Research (#resilience2020)

The conference covers latest developments and breakthroughs in stress resilience research, both in animal models and in human studies. One focus this year will be the question of potential positive effects of adversity, strengths that individuals might develop under stress, inoculation, mastery, self-efficacy. There will be a special session on resilience in the Corona crisis.

The symposium will be held as an all-online virtual conference. Posters and recorded talks will be made available to view for six months exclusively to registered attendees.

Check out www.lir-mainz.de/symposium for registration and updates to the program.

3rd Donders Summer School on Stress and Cognition rescheduled to 2021

The Corona pandemic has been and continues to be a challenge for all of us. Unfortunately, we had to reschedule the 3rd Donders Summer School on Stress and Cognition in Nijmegen, planned for July this year, to July 5th-9th 2021. More information will follow in due time!

Mainz (Germany), 24 September 2019

On September 24th, the DRZ, DynaMORE, and intresa organised a well-attended pre-symposium workshop on methods in resilience research. Topics included ambulatory monitoring, network modelling, and longitudinal analyses.

Mainz (Germany) 25-27 September 2019

The 5th International Symposium on Resilience Research took place from September 25th – 27th 2019 in Mainz, Germany. The meeting covered the latest developments and breakthroughs in stress resilience research, both in animal models and in human studies. Click here to access the full programme!

Leuven (Netherlands), 20-22 March 2019

The first REAL workshop was a full success! There will be another workshop soon. The workshop consisted of sessions detailing the background of experience sampling methods (ESM) and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods.


We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers with the joint goal of developing an in silico model of stress resilience. To do so, we monitor healthy at-risk individuals (18+ years old) during stressful life phases, such as transition into adulthood or higher education, training-to-street transition (police officers), or abruptly changed life situations (accident victims in recovery). Multiple longitudinal studies collect psychological, behavioural, neural, and physiological markers, and apply advanced mathematical modelling to identify key risk indicators and resilience factors. The ultimate goal is a prognostic tool for people to monitor their mental stability, and to intervene effectively before the personal „tipping point“.



To this date, each year, more than half a billion people in the world are affected by anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or addiction. These conditions often occur as a consequence of stressors, such as traumatic events, challenging life circumstances, strenuous transition phases, or physical illness. In Europe alone, stress-related disorders are believed to cause direct and indirect economic costs of about 200 billion € every year. Despite ample research efforts into the cause of these disorders, the burden on affected individuals and society as a whole has further grown. We believe that, instead of focusing on  disease, we need to understand what keeps us healthy.