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I am head of the Research Group Psychopathology of the Social Brain at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Social Neuroscience, in Leipzig, Germany.

This website provides information on me and my research interests. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about my work.

I believe it is important to understand emotional processing and the interaction of emotion with attention, from early emotion recognition to the regulation of emotional states. Therefore, I have extensively studied the modulation of executive attentional control by verbal emotional stimuli (visually and auditorally) and the neural basis of this interaction with electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). But this relationship is a reciprocal one as attentional mechanisms also modulate emotion. This interplay and its neural underpinnings are my main research interests, also because they are crucial for our understanding of psychopathology and the development of new therapeutic tools.