Dr. Herberholz received his PhD from the Technical University in Munich, Germany. His PhD work investigated the importance of mechanosensory signals during aggressive interactions in marine snapping shrimp. Following his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Associate and Research Scientist at Georgia State University where he combined single-cell electrophysiology with behavioral analysis to study the neurobehavioral underpinnings of escape in freshwater crayfish. In his own laboratory, he continues to use crayfish as the primary animal model, and his research program focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying social behaviors. This includes aggression and dominance, value-based decision-making, as well the interactions between social isolation and drugs of abuse. Dr. Herberholz has published many peer-reviewed articles and conference abstracts as well as several book chapters on these topics, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is an associate editor for the journals "Behaviour" and "Frontiers in Physiology" as well as a former member of the editorial board of the journal "Invertebrate Neuroscience". He served as the former Director of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (NACS) and former Co-Director of the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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Doctoral Programs

  • Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)


  • PhD
    Technical University Munich, Germany
Picture Jens Herberholz
2123H BPS
Department of Psychology
jherberh [at] umd.edu