Short CV/Education and training


  • 1998
    Master of Science, Psychology, University of Zurich

  • 2001
    PhD, Psychology, Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology, University of Zurich

  • 2009
    Habilitation, Venia legendi for Psychology, University of Zurich

Professional Appointments

  • 1998 – 2001
    PhD student and teaching assistant, Dept. of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2001 – 2005
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Dept. of Neurology, Neuropsychology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2007 – 2008
    Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior, Princeton University, USA

  • 2005 – 2009
    “Oberassistentin”, Dept. of Economics, University of Zurich; Collegium Helveticum Uni/ETH Zürich, Switzerland

  • 2009 – 2014
    Swiss National Science Foundation Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Social and Affective Neuroscience, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • since 2014
    Full Professor of Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience, Dept. Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Baumgartner T*, Knoch D*, Hotz P, Eisenegger E, Fehr E. (2011). Right DLPFC and VMPFC orchestrate normative choice. Nature Neuroscience, 14, 1468–1474 (*shared first co-authorship).

  • Figner B, Knoch D, Johnson EJ, Krosch AR, Lisanby SH, Fehr E, Weber EU. (2010). Lateral prefrontal cortex and self-control in intertemporal choice. Nature Neuroscience, 13, 538–539.

  • Knoch D*, Gianotti L*, Baumgartner T, Fehr E. (2010). A neural marker of costly punishment behavior. Psychological Science, 21, 337–342 (*shared first co-authorship).

  • Knoch D, Schneider F, Schunk D, Hohmann M, Fehr E. (2009). Disrupting the prefrontal cortex diminishes the human ability to build a good reputation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106, 20895–20899.

  • Knoch D, Pascual-Leone A, Meyer K, Treyer V, Fehr E. (2006). Diminishing reciprocal fairness by disrupting the right prefrontal cortex. Science, 314, 829–832.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member: Swiss Society for Neuroscience, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience, Society for Neuroeconomics, Association for NeuroPsychoEconomics, Society for the Study of Motivation, DGPs Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie, DGPs Fachgruppe Biologische Psychologie.

  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience.

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for more than 15 journals of psychology and neuroscience (e.g., Biological Psychology, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Science, Psychological Science, Nature, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience).


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