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in press

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

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

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


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

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.

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

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*, 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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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


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.