Olga Klimecki is a psychologist and neuroscientist interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that shape social emotions in adaptive ways. In this endeavor, she combines methods from psychology, neuroscience, and economy.
Jointly with Prof. David Sander, she is coordinating a research focus on the role of emotions in conflict resolution at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva, Switzerland):
She is also the leader of the workpackage Emotion in the European project Silver Santé Study (deputy of the workpackage Emotion: Prof. Dr. Patrik Vuilleumier; main coordinator of the Silver Santé Study: Dr. Gaël Chetelat). In this workpackage, she is investigating how mental health and well-being can be promoted through mental training in the ageing population. The particular focus is on the role of emotions, their malleability and their underlying brain function:
Together with Dr. Dana Schneider (University of Jena, Germany), Olga Klimecki is also coordinating the network „Understanding Others“ which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
In her doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Tania Singer (2007-2012), Olga Klimecki 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.
She extended this line of research to aggressive behavior with a BRIDGE/Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Geneva from 2013 – 2015.