I am a psychologist and neuroscientist interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that shape our social emotions in adaptive ways. In this endeavor, I combine methods from psychology, neuroscience, and economy.
Jointly with Prof. David Sander, I am coordinating a research focus on the role of emotions in conflict resolution at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva, Switzerland):
I am also the leader of the workpackage Emotion in the European project Medit-Ageing (deputy of the workpackage Emotion: Prof. Dr. Patrik Vuilleumier; main coordinator of Medit-Ageing: Dr. Gaël Chetelat). In our workpackage, we are investigating how mental health and well-being can be promoted through mental training in the ageing population. Our particular focus is on the role of emotions, their malleability and their underlying brain function:
In my doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Tania Singer (2007-2012), I investigated neural, behavioral, and emotional plasticity induced by training social emotions like compassion and empathy with meditation-based techniques. The results of these longitudinal studies in adults provided evidence for the plasticity of social emotions spanning the levels of neural function, emotional resilience, and helping behavior.
I extended this line of research to aggressive behavior with a BRIDGE/Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Geneva from 2013 – 2015.