papers and book chapters can be downloaded from:


2020/ In press/ Forthcoming/ Submitted

André, C., …, …, Klimecki, O. …, Chételat, G.,  Rauchs, G. (2020). Association of sleep-disordered breathing with gray matter volume, perfusion, glucose metabolism and β-amyloid deposition in older adults. JAMA Neurology. [impact factor 12.32; OA]

Bogacz, F., Pun, T., Klimecki, O. M. (2020). Mediators have a beneficial impact on conflict resolution in romantic couples. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, 7, 131.

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

Klimecki, O., Vétois, M., Sander, D. (2020). The impact of empathy and perspective-taking instructions on proponents and opponents of immigration. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, 7, 91.

Klimecki, O.M., Schweinberger, S.R. (2020). Soziale Neurobiologie. In U.T. Egle, C. Heim, B. Strauß and R. v. Känel (Eds). Psychosomatische Medizin 3.0 – Neurobiologisch fundiert – Evidenzbasiert. W. Kohlhammer.

Marchant, N., Barnhofer, T., Wirth, M., Coueron, R., Lutz, A, …, Chételat, G., Jessen, F. & Klimecki O.M. (2020). The SCD-Well Randomized Controlled Trial: Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention Versus Health Education On Mental Health in Patients with Subjective Cognitive Decline. Under consideration, Lancet Psychiatry.

Rafi, H., Bogacz, F., Sander, D., Klimecki, O.M. (2020) Impact of Couple Conflict and Mediation on How Romantic Partners Are Seen. Cortex, 130:302-317.

Schlosser, M., Pfaff, N, Marchant, N., Klimecki, O. The psychometric properties of the Compassionate Love Scale and the validation of the 7-item Compassion for Strangers Scale (COS-7). Under Consideration, Current Psychology. DOI: 10.31231/

Whitfield, T., Barnhofer, T., Acabchuk, R., …,Klimecki, O., …Lazar, S., Vago, D., & Marchant, N. The effect of mindfulness-based programs on cognitive function in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Under consideration, Neuropsychology Review.


Schneider, D., Klimecki, O., Burgmer, P., Kessler, T. (2019). Social Cognition. In: Zeigler-Hill V., Shackelford T. (Eds). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer, Cham.

Klimecki, O., Marchant, N.L., Lutz, A., Poisnel, G., Chételat, G., Collette, F. (2019). The impact of meditation on healthy ageing – the current state of knowledge and a roadmap to future directions. Current Opinion in Psychology, 28, 223-228. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.01.006

Cernadas Curotto, P., Halperin, E., Sander, D., Klimecki, O., (2019). Commentary: „Emotions in attacker-defender conflicts“. Brain and Behavioral Sciences. [impact factor 15.07] 

Klimecki, O. (2019). The role of empathy and compassion in conflict resolution. Emotion Review, 11(4), 310–325. [impact factor 4.07] 


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]:

Lutz, A, Klimecki, OM, Collette, F, Poisnel, G, Arenaza-Urquijo, E, Marchant, NL, De La Sayette, V., Rauchs, G, Salmon, EG, Vuilleumier, P, et al. (2018). The Age-Well observational study on expert meditators in the Medit-Ageing European project. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions.

Marchant, N.L., Barnhofer, T.*, Klimecki, O.*, et al. (2018). The SCD-Well randomized controlled trial: Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention versus health education on mental health in patients with subjective cognitive decline (SCD). Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. *Co-second authorship

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]:

Poisnel, G., Arenaza-Urquijo*, E., Collette*, F., Klimecki*, O.M., Marchant*, N.L., et al. (2018). The Age-Well randomized controlled trial of the Medit-Ageing European project: Effect of meditation or foreign language training on brain and mental health in older adults. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. *Co-second authorship


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“.***

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

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

Rafi, H., Bogacz, F., Sander, D., Klimecki, O.M.. The impact of mediation on economic decisions.**

* Data collection completed

** Data collection and data analysis completed

*** Review Paper

OA = Open Access