Klimecki, O. (2018). The role of empathy in conflict resolution. Revised and resubmitted, Emotion Review. [impact factor 4.07] 

Klimecki, O.M., Schweinberger, S.R. (2018). Soziale Neurobiologie. In U.T. Egle, C. Heim, B. Strauß and R. v. Känel (Eds). Forthcoming in Psychosomatische Medizin 3.0 – Neurobiologisch fundiert – Evidenzbasiert. W. Kohlhammer.

Klimecki, O.M., Sander, D. (2018). A psychological and neuroscientific view on contempt. In P. Lombardo and K. Mulligan (Eds.) Forthcoming in Contempt. Oxford University Press. 

Poisnel, G., Arenaza-Urquijo*, E., Collette*, F., Klimecki*, O.M., Marchant*, N.L., et al. (2018). Study protocol for the Age-Well clinical trial of the Medit-Ageing European project. Revised and resubmitted to Alzheimer’s and Dementia. [impact factor 9.48] *Co-second authorship

Bogacz, F., Pun, T., Klimecki, O. M. (2018). Mediators have a beneficial impact on conflict resolution in romantic couples.

Marchant, N.L., Barnhofer, T.*, Klimecki, O.*, et al. (2018). Study protocol for a multi-centre randomized superiority study to compare the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention versus health education on mental health and wellbeing in individuals with Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD): the SCD-Well trial. *Co-second authorship


2018/ in press

Chételat, G., Lutz, A., Arenaza-Urquijo, E., Collette, F., Klimecki, O., Marchant, N. (2018) Why could meditation practice help promote mental health and well-being in ageing? Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy. [impact factor 6.15] :

Klimecki, O.M., Sander, D., Vuilleumier, P. (2018). Distinct brain areas involved in anger versus punishment during social interactions. Scientific Reports. [impact factor 5.58]:

Mayer, S., Jusyte, A., Klimecki-Lenz, O., Schönenberg, M. (2018). Empathy and altruistic behavior in antisocial violent offenders with psychopathic traits. Psychiatry Research. [impact factor 2.53]:



Klimecki, O.M., Singer, T. (2017). The Compassionate Brain. In J.R. Doty, M. Worline, E. Simon-Thomas, D. Cameron and S. Brown (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Compassion Science. Oxford University Press.

Bogacz, F., Klimecki, O.M. (2017). How do emotions impact conflicts? A neuroscientific perspective. In B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, P. Wilson and S. Croucher (Eds.). Approaches to Conflict: Theoretical, Interpersonal, and Discursive Dynamics. Lexington Books.



Klimecki, O.M., Mayer, S.V., Jusyte, A., Scheeff, J., Schönenberg, M. (2016). Empathy promotes altruistic behavior in economic interactions. Scientific Reports, 6, 31961. [impact factor 5.58]

Klimecki, O.M., Vuilleumier, P., Sander, D. (2016). The impact of emotions and empathy-related traits on punishment behavior: Introduction and Validation of the Inequality Game. PLoS One, 11(3): e0151028. [impact factor 3.23]



Klimecki, O.M. (2015). The Plasticity of Social Emotions. Social Neuroscience. 10, 466-473. [impact factor 3.65]

Klimecki, O., Singer, T. (2015). Compassion. In: A.W. Toga (Ed.) Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference, vol. 3, pp. 195-199. San Diego: Academic Press Elsevier.



Singer, T., Klimecki, O.M. (2014). Empathy and Compassion. Current Biology, 24, R875-R878. [impact factor 10.13]

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Ricard, M., Singer, T. (2014). Differential Pattern of Functional Brain Plasticity after Compassion and Empathy Training. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 873–879. [impact factor 7.37]

Bernhardt, B.*, Klimecki, O.*, Leiberg, S., Singer T. (2014). Structural Covariance Networks of the Dorsal Anterior Insula Predict Females’ Individual Differences in Empathic Responding. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2189-98. [impact factor 8.67] *shared first authorship



Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., Singer, T. (2013). Functional neural plasticity and associated changes in positive affect after compassion training. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 1552–1561. [impact factor 8.67]

Klimecki, O., Singer, T. (2013). Empathy from the perspective of social neuroscience. In: J. Armony, P. Vuilleumier (Eds.), Handbook of Human Affective Neuroscience, pp. 533-551. New York: Cambridge University Press.



Gamer, M., Klimecki, O., Bauermann, T., Stoeter, P., Vossel G. (2012). fMRI-activation patterns in the detection of concealed information rely on memory-related effects. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 7, 506-515. [impact factor 7.37]

Klimecki, O., Singer, T. (2012). Empathic distress fatigue rather than compassion fatigue? Integrating findings from empathy research in psychology and social neuroscience. In B. Oakley, A.Knafo, G. Madhavan, D. S. Wilson (Eds.), Pathological altruism (pp. 368-383). New York: Oxford University Press.



Leiberg, S., Klimecki, O., Singer, T. (2011). Short-term compassion training increases prosocial behavior in a newly developed prosocial game. PLoS One, 6, e17798. [impact factor 3.23]


Other Publications

Klimecki, O., Sander, D. (2017). Anger and its relation to Aggression. In D. Sander (Ed). Emotions. Zurich, BENTELI publishing.

Klimecki, O., Vuilleumier, P. (2017). Anger. In D. Sander (Ed). Emotions. Zurich: BENTELI publishing.

Klimecki, O. (2016). Malleable Emotions. Insight for Webpage of Center for Empathy in International Affairs.

Klimecki, O. (2016). Mehr Mitgefühl. (More Compassion) Gehirn und Geist. 2/2016, 52-57.

Klimecki, O. (2015). Plastizität im sozialen Gehirn – wie wir unsere Emotionen trainieren können. (Plasticity in the social brain – how we can train our emotions.) In: H. Fink and R. Rosenzweig (Eds.) Das soziale Gehirn – Neurowissenschaft und menschliche Bindung. Münster: Mentis.

Klimecki, O. (2014). Emotionales Verstehen. Die Rolle von Empathie und Mitgefühl. (Emotional Understanding. The role of empathy and compassion) In: S. Schulte (Ed.) ach so verstehen wir. Interdisziplinäre Gespräche übers Verstehen. Münster: Waxmann Verlag.

Klimecki, O., Ricard, M., Singer, T., (2013). Empathy versus Compassion – Lessons from 1st and 3rd Person Methods. In: T. Singer, M. Bolz (Eds.) Compassion: From Theory, to Training, to Neuroscience. A Multimedia Book.

Klimecki, O.M. (2013). Training the Compassionate and the Empathic Brain. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.



Selection of Manuscripts in Preparation

Baez, S., Vuilleumier, P., Klimecki, O. Neural substrates of empathy and emotional inertia in elderly.**

Barsics C., Cernadas Curotto, P., Klimecki, O., Sander, D., D’Argembeau, A., Van der Linden, M. The influence of future thinking on prosocial behavior. **

Cernadas Curotto, P., Sander, D., Halperin, E., Klimecki, O. The impact of compassion and emotion regulation training on conflict resolution.*

Klimecki, O.M., Amrar, L., Sander, D. Distinguishing frustration from aggression using an appraisal-based framework. **

 Klimecki, O., Burgmer, P., Schuwerk, T., Erle, T., Vrticka, P., Mier, D., Kanske, P., Schurz, M, Breyer, T., Fiebich, A., Schneider, D. (manuscript in preparation). Understanding Others: an integrative framework on „empathy“ and „theory of mind“.***

Klimecki, O.M., Sander, D., Rimmele, U. Stress induction increases punishment behavior.*

Klimecki, O.M., Vétois, M., Sander, D. The impact of emotional awareness and perspective taking on interpersonal conflicts.*

Klimecki, O.M., Vuilleumier, P., Sander, D., Gruzelier, J., Ros, T. The impact of EEG neurofeedback on changes in emotion-related brain networks. *

Lutz, A., Klimecki, O.M., Collette, F., et al. (2018). The Age-Well Observational study on expert meditators in the Medit-Ageing European project. Manuscript in Preparation. ****

Rafi, H., Bogacz, F., Sander, D., Klimecki, O.M.. The impact of mediation on economic decisions and brain activations related to couple conflict.*

* Data collection completed

** Data collection and data analysis completed

*** Review Paper

**** Protocol Paper