PhD student in psychology studying the effects of hormones on our ability to connect with others.
Diplom Psychologe (MSc), 2013
Does stress bring us together, or does it drive us apart ?
I am investigating how stress, and its related biomarkers, influences our self-perceptions and how we interact with our social environment. To this end, I study the effects of stress on processes such as empathy, mentalizing, and prosocial helping behaviors. In addition, I am also studying how hormones like testosterone and oxytocin impact our ability to foster and maintain social relationships.
To understand these effects, I draw on various psychological disciplines - such as biological, social, and cognitive psychology.
In a second line of research, I study the effects of acute psychosocial stress on cognition. I am particularly interested in understanding how stress impacts cognitive process such as memory updating, separation of information, and autobiographical memories. To investigate these mechanisms, I collaborate with Dr. Signy Sheldon.
My CV is available here: gDocs.