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Peer reviewed


Preckel K, Kanske P, Singer T (2017) On the interaction of social affect and cognition: empathy, compassion and theory of mind. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 19:1-6.


Zinchenko A, Obermeier C, Kanske P, Schröger E, Villringer A, Kotz SA (2017) The influence of negative emotion on cognitive and emotional control remains intact in aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 9:349.

Valk SL, Bernhardt BC, Trautwein FM, Böckler A, Kanske P, Guizard N, Collins DL, Singer T (2017) Structural plasticity of the social brain: differential change after socio-affective and cognitive mental training. Science Advances 3:e1700489.

Lois G, Gerchen M, Kirsch P, Kanske P, Schönfelder S, Wessa M (2017) Large-scale network functional interactions during distraction and reappraisal in remitted bipolar and unipolar patients. Bipolar Disorders 19:487-495.

Reiter AMF, Kanske P, Eppinger B, Li S-C (2017) The aging of the social mind: differential effects on components of social understanding. Scientific Reports 7:11046.

Kamp-Becker I, Poustka L, Bachmann C, Ehrlich S, Hoffmann F, Kanske P, Kirsch P, Krach S, Paulus FM, Rietschel M, Roepke S,Roesner V, Schad-Hansjosten T, Singer T, Stroth S, Witt S, Wermter AK (2017) Study protocol of the ASD-Net, the German research consortium for the study of Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan: From a better etiological understanding, through valid diagnosis, to more effective health care. BMC Psychiatry 17:206.

Laneri D, Krach S, Paulus FM, Kanske P, Schuster V, Sommer J, Müller-Pinzler L (2017) Mindfulness meditation regulates anterior insula activity during empathy for social pain. Human Brain Mapping 38:4034-4046.

Winter K, Spengler S, Bermpohl F, Singer T, Kanske P (2017) Social cognition in aggressive offenders: impaired empathy, but intact theory of mind. Scientific Reports 7:670.

Zinchenko A, Obermeier C, Kanske P, Schröger E, Kotz, SA (2017) Positive emotion impedes emotional but not cognitive conflict processing. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience 17:665-677.

Wolkenstein L, Kanske P, Bailer J, Wessa M, Hautzinger M, Joormann J (2017) Impaired cognitive control over emotional material in euthymic bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorder 214:108-114.

Kanske P*, Sharifi M*, Smallwood J, Dziobek I, Singer T (2016) Where the narcissistic mind wanders: Increased self-related thoughts are more positive and future-oriented. Journal of Personality Disorders 12:1-24. *contributed equally

Engen HG, Kanske P, Singer T (2017) The neural component-process architecture of endogenously generated emotion. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 12:197-211.

Valk SL, Bernhardt BC, Böckler A, Trautwein FM, Kanske P, Singer T (2017) Socio-cognitive phenotypes differentially modulate large-scale structural covariance networks. Cerebral Cortex 2:1358–1368.

Böckler A*, Sharifi M*, Kanske P, Dziobek I, Singer T (2017) Social decision making in narcissism: Reduced generosity and increased retaliation are driven by alterations in perspective-taking and anger. Personality and Individual Differences 104:1-7. *contributed equally


Trautwein FM, Singer T, Kanske P (2016) Stimulus-driven reorienting impairs executive control of attention: Evidence for a common bottleneck in anterior insula. Cerebral Cortex 26:4136-4147.

Preckel K, Kanske P, Singer T, Paulus FM, Krach S (2016) Clinical trial of modulatory effects of oxytocin treatment on higher-order social cognition in autism spectrum disorder: a randomized, placebo- controlled, double-blind and crossover trial. BMC Psychiatry 16:329. *all authors contributed equally

Molenberghs P*, Trautwein FM*, Böckler A, Singer T, Kanske P (2016) Neural correlates of metacognitive ability and of feeling confident: A large scale fMRI study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11:1942-1951. *contributed equally

Kanske P, Schulze L, Dziobek I, Scheibner H, Roepke S*, Singer T* (2016) The wandering mind in borderline personality disorder: Instability in self- and other-related thoughts. Psychiatry Research 242:302-310. *contributed equally

Valk SL*, Bernhardt BC*, Böckler A, Kanske P, Singer T (2016) Substrates of metacognition on perception and metacognition on higher-order cognition relate to different subsystems of the mentalizing network. Human Brain Mapping 37:3388-3399. *contributed equally

Kanske P*, Böckler A*, Trautwein FM, Parianen Lesemann FH, Singer T (2016) Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11:1383-1392. *contributed equally

Tusche A, Böckler A, Kanske P, Trautwein FM, Singer T (2016) Decoding the charitable brain: Empathy, perspective taking and attention shifts differentially predict altruistic giving. Journal of Neuroscience 36:4719-4732.

Hoffmann F*, Banzhaf C*, Kanske P, Gärtner M, Bermpohl F, Singer T (2016) Empathy in depression: Egocentric and altercentric biases and the role of alexithymia. Journal of Affective Disorders 199:23-29. *contributed equally

Hoffmann F, Banzhaf C, Kanske P, Bermpohl F, Singer T (2016) Where the depressed mind wanders: Self-generated thought patterns as assessed trough experience sampling as a state marker of depression. Journal of Affective Disorders 198:127-134.

Baez S, Kanske P, Matallana D, Montañes P, Reyes P, Vigliecca NS, Torralva T, Manes F, Ibanez A (2016) Integration of intention and outcome for moral judgment in frontotemporal dementia: Brain structural signatures. Neurodegenerative Diseases 16:206-217.

Bonhage CE*, Weber F*, Exner C, Kanske P (2016) Thinking about thinking: Neural mechanisms and effects on memory. NeuroImage 127:203-214. *contributed equally

Scheibner HJ, Spengler S, Kanske P, Roepke S, Bermpohl F (2016) Behavioral assessment of mindfulness difficulties in borderline personality disorder. Mindfulness 7:1316–1326.


Zinchenko A, Kanske P, Obermeier C, Schröger E, Kotz SA (2015) Emotion and goal-directed behavior: ERP evidence on cognitive and emotional conflict. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 10:1577-1587.

Kanske P*, Böckler A*, Trautwein FM*, Singer T (2015) Dissecting the social brain: Introducing the EmpaToM to reveal distinct neural networks and brain-behavior relations for empathy and Theory of Mind. NeuroImage 122:6-19. *contributed equally

Schick A, Adam R, Vollmayr B, Kuehner C, Kanske P, Wessa M (2015) Neural correlates of valence generalization in an affective conditioning paradigm. Behavioural Brain Research 292:147-156.

Wessa M, Kollmann B, Linke J, Schönfelder S, Kanske P (2015) Increased impulsivity as a vulnerability marker for bipolar disorder: Evidence from self-report and experimental measures in two high-risk populations. Journal of Affective Disorders 178:18-24.

Kanske P, Schönfelder S, Forneck J, Wessa M (2015) Impaired regulation of emotion: Neural correlates of reappraisal and distraction in bipolar disorder and unaffected relatives. Translational Psychiatry 5:e497.


Wolkenstein L, Zeiller M, Kanske P, Plewnia C (2014) Induction of a depression-like negativity bias by cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation. Cortex 59:103-112.

Schönfelder S, Kanske P, Heissler J, Wessa M (2014) Time course of emotion-related responding during distraction and reappraisal. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 9:1310-1319.

Wessa M, Kanske P, Linke J (2014) Bipolar disorder: A neural network perspective on a disorder of emotion and motivation. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 39:51-62.

Heissler J, Kanske P, Schönfelder S, Wessa M (2014) Inefficiency of emotion regulation as vulnerability marker for bipolar disorder: Evidence from healthy individuals with hypomanic personality. Journal of Affective Disorders 152-154:83-90.


Kanske P*, Schönfelder S*, Wessa M (2013) Emotional modulation of the attentional blink and the relation to interpersonal reactivity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:641. *contributed equally

Kanske P, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Forneck J, Wessa M (2013) Neural correlates of emotional distractibility in bipolar disorder, unaffected relatives and individuals with hypomanic personality. American Journal of Psychiatry 170:1487-1496.

Kamping S, Bomba IC, Kanske P, Diesch E, Flor H (2013) Deficient modulation of pain by a positive emotional context in fibromyalgia patients. Pain 154:1846-1855.

Engen H, Kanske P (2013) How working memory training improves emotion regulation: Neural efficiency, effort and transfer effects. Journal of Neuroscience 33:12152-12153.

Schick A, Wessa M, Vollmayr B, Kuehner C, Kanske P (2013) Indirect assessment of an interpretation bias in humans: Neurophysiological and behavioral correlates. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:272.

Wessa M, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Kanske P (2013) Goal-directed behavior under emotional distraction is preserved by enhanced task-specific activation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 8:305-12.


Kanske P (2012) On the influence of emotion on conflict processing. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 6:42.

Kanske P, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Wessa M (2012) Neural correlates of emotion regulation deficits in remitted depression: The influence of regulation strategy, habitual regulation use, and emotional valence. NeuroImage 61:686-93.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2012) Effortful control, depression, and anxiety correlate with the influence of emotion on executive attentional control. Biological Psychology 91:88-95.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2012) Auditory affective norms for German: testing the influence of depression and anxiety on valence and arousal ratings. PLoS ONE 7:e30086.


Kanske P, Plitschka J, Kotz SA (2011) Attentional orienting towards emotion: P2 and N400 ERP effects. Neuropsychologia 49:3121-3129.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2011) Cross-modal validation of the Leipzig Affective Norms for German (LANG). Behavior Research Methods 43:409-413.

Kanske P, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Bongers A, Wessa M (2011) How to regulate emotion? Neural networks for reappraisal and distraction. Cerebral Cortex 21:1379-1388.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2011) Conflict processing is modulated by positive emotion: ERP data from a flanker task. Behavioural Brain Research 219:382-386.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2011) Emotion speeds up conflict resolution: a new role for the ventral anterior cingulate cortex? Cerebral Cortex 21:911-919.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2011) Emotion triggers executive attention: anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala responses to emotional words in a conflict task. Human Brain Mapping 32:198-208.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2011) Positive emotion speeds up conflict processing: ERP responses in an auditory Simon task. Biological Psychology 87:122-127.

2010 and earlier

Kanske P, Hasting AS (2010) Decoding modality-independent emotion perception in medial prefrontal and superior temporal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 30:16417-16418.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2010) Leipzig Affective Norms for German: a reliability study. Behavior Research Methods 42:987-991.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2010) Modulation of early conflict processing: N200 responses to emotional words in a flanker task. Neuropsychologia 48:3661-3664.

Kanske P, Kotz SA (2007) Concreteness in emotional words: ERP evidence from a hemifield study. Brain Research. 1148:138–148.


Book chapters and books

Kanske P*, Böckler A*, Singer T (2015) Models, mechanisms and moderators dissociating empathy and Theory of Mind, in Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences – Social Behavior from Rodents to Humans: Neural Foundations and Clinical Implications (Wöhr M, Krach S, eds.) Luxemburg: Springer. *contributed equally

Kanske P (2014) Neural bases of emotional processing in affective disorders. Leipzig: MPI Series in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (160), ISBN 978-3-941504-44-8.

Kanske P (2009) Exploring executive attention in emotion: ERP and fMRI evidence. Leipzig: MPI Series in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (106), ISBN 978-3-936816-80-8.

Posner MI, Rueda MR, Kanske P (2007) Probing the mechanisms of attention, in Handbook of Psychophysiology (Cacioppo JT, Tassinary LG, Berntson G, eds.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rueda MR, Fuentes LJ, Holtz FC, Kanske P (2005) La red de alerta: componentes fásicos (preparación) y tónicos (vigilancia), in Atención y Procesamiento Valencia: Fundación Universidad-Empresa, ISBN 84-96221-07-5.


Organized symposia

Eisenbarth H & Kanske P (2016) Social cognition and emotion interacting with aggression/externalizing. Annual Meeting of the Section of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the German Society for Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

Seitz R & Kanske P (2016) Neural basis of social cognition. German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Neuroimaging. Düsseldorf, Germany.

Kanske P (2015) An interdisciplinary investigation into the effects of nine months of mental training. International Society for Research on Emotion, Geneva, Switzerland.

Kanske P & Böckler A (2015) Neural mechanisms of social understanding: from gaze following to empathy and theory of mind. Annual Meeting of the Section of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the German Society for Psychology, Frankfurt, Germany.

Kanske P & Dziobek I (2015) Psychopathology of the social brain: mechanisms and new perspectives for therapy. Workshop Congress in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dresden, Germany.

Bertsch K, Kanske P (2012) Influences on emotional reactivity: from acute stress and hormones to psychopathology. Annual Meeting of the Section of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the German Society for Psychology, Jena, Germany.

Kanske P (2011) Emotion regulation: neural bases and psychopathology. Annual Meeting of the Section of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the German Society for Psychology, Heidelberg, Germany.

Kanske P, Wessa M (2010) Recent advances in the study of emotion regulation. Annual Meeting of the Section of General Psychology of the German Society for Psychology, Saarbrücken, Germany.

Hasting AS, Kanske P (2009) Universal emotions: faces, voices, words, music, and animal vocalizations. Annual Meeting of the Section of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology of the German Society for Psychology, Leipzig, Germany.