A warm welcome to visiting PhD student Isabel Noachtar (Psychology) from the University of Salzburg. She will be doing a secondment at NRU until mid-August.

Currently, Isabel is working on two projects: The first is a clinical trial where she test participants in the MRI before and during pill intake. The second project is a behavioral study where participants perform a navigation task, a mental rotation task as well as a verbal fluency task once during their OC intake phase and once during the pill pause. For the second study, they recruit women with current OC use as well as naturally cycling women. In an intraindividual design, she would like to investigate the effects of synthetic hormones of the pill in OC users as well as the effects of endogenous sex hormones in women with a natural cycle.