In times of Corona, our „Understanding Others“ network meets virtually:


Our paper is out!

New study identifies brain changes which explain why sleep apnea increases risk for developing Alzheimer’s:


In December 2019 we presented our work on „Training humanitarian values improves willingness to help out-group members through an increase in feelings of distress and compassion.“ at the 33rd Red Cross and Red Crescent International Conference, Geneva, Switzerland. (with Emna El May and Cora Aguirre).

Here is a picture of Emna in front of our stand.


In June, Yacila Deza-Araujo joined the Medit-Ageing team in Geneva! Welcome Yacila!!


On November 6th, I am co-organizing a public conference on Brain Health across the Life-Span in Berlin:



On 17th and 18th of October I am invited to present my work as one of the Early Career Awardees at the 10th Anniversary meeting of the Society for Social Neuroscience in Chicago, IL, USA:

S4SN 10th Anniversary Meeting


Our symposium on Compassion at the International Society for Research on Emotions in Amsterdam. Speakers are Patricia Cernadas Curotto, Sofie Valk, Julien Deonna and Marie Bayot in July:


Our talk „The SCD-Well randomized controlled trial: Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention versus health education on mental health and cognition in patients with subjective cognitive decline (SCD)“ was accepted at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in July 2019 in Los Angeles, USA!


In March our fourth workshop on „Understanding Others“ was hosted in Munich:


Sebastian Baez and Halima Rafi won the 1st and 3rd poster prize, respectively, at the „Understanding Others“ workshop in Munich – congratulations!!


Matthieu Vétois presented our work on the impact of empathy and perspective taking on conflicts over immigration at the „Understanding Others“ workshop in Munich, March, 2019:



The Brain Week in Geneva on „Living Together“:


Talking about the Ageing Brain at the Brain Week in Marseille:



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In January, Matthieu Vétois defended his master thesis with flying colors – congratulations!


On December 10th, there was a colloquium on philantrophy in Geneva:



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Jeremy Lack, Patricia Cernadas Curotto and Olga Klimecki gave a talk on „The Impact of Neurosciences on the Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Process Design“ at The 1st International Conference on Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv, Israel:


The affect coding group meeting:



We started to collaborate with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on studying how teaching humanitarian values impacts inter-group attitudes and behaviour in conflict zones. Cora Aguirre and Emna El May have joined to work on this project. Welcome!


In September, we hosted our third workshop in Dresden:


Halima Rafi defended her master thesis with flying colours and will join as a research assistant in mid-August!

Tiffany Martin and Hélène Maurer joined the team as research assistants for the study on sleep deprivation in couples. Welcome!


I was a guest speaker at the meeting with Richie Davidson in April in Bern:


It was a lot of fun to  give a talk in Liège in February:


The second workshop on understanding others was wonderful:




Patricia Cernadas Curotto won the 1st poster prize – congratulations!


We hosted a pavilion at the Basel Peace Forum:

and did a meditation session with Bianca King


Our stand at the United Nations in October 2017 (with Matthieu Vétois and Patricia Cernadas Curotto):


In Liège: