Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in Psychology, Marburg University, Germany

  • 1996
    Diplom degree in Psychology, Technical University (TU) of Berlin, Germany

  • 1996 – 2000
    PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

  • 2000
    PhD in Psychology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 2000 – 2002
    Research associate, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Developmental Psychology Section, Berlin, Germany

  • 2002 – 2003
    Visiting Researcher, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, London, United Kingdom

  • 2003 – 2005
    Research Fellow, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, London, England; Principal Investigator: Prof. Chris Frith

  • 2005 – 2006
    Research fellow, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, England; Principal Investigator: Prof. Uta Frith

  • 2006 – 2008
    Assistant Professor of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2007 – 2010
    Co-director, Laboratory for Research on Social and Neural Systems, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2008
    Visiting Professor, La Sapienza University Rome, Italy

  • 2008 – 2010
    Foundation Chair in Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2010
    Visiting Professor, La Sapienza University Rome, Italy

  • Since 2010
    Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

  • since 2011
    Honorary Research Fellow, Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • since 2011
    Honorary Professor, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

  • since 2011
    Honorary Professor for Social Neurosciences, Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Biology, University of Leipzig, Germany

Selected publications

  • Klimecki, O. M., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., & Singer, T.: Functional neural plasticity and associated changes in positive affect after compassion training. In: Cerebral Cortex. Advanced Online Publication, 2012. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs142.

  • Steinbeis, N., Bernhardt, B. C., Singer, T.: Impulse control and underlying functions of the left DLPFC mediate age-related and age-independent individual differences in strategic social behavior. In: Neuron, 73(5), 2012. pp. 1040-1051.

  • Lamm, C., Decety, J., Singer, T.: Meta-analytic evidence for common and distinct neural networks associated with directly experienced pain and empathy for pain. In: NeuroImage, 54(3). 2011. pp. 2492-2502.

  • Bird, G. et al.: Empathic brain responses in insula are modulated by levels of alexithymia but not autism. Brain, 133(5), 2010. pp. 1515-1525.

  • Hein, G. et al.: Neural responses to the suffering of ingroup- and outgroup members predict individual differences in altruistic helping. In: Neuron, 68(1), 2010. pp. 149-160.

  • Lamm, C., Singer, T.: The role of anterior insular cortex in social emotions. In: Brain Structure & Function, 214(5-6), 2010. pp. 579-591.

  • Singer, T., Critchley, H.D., Preuschoff, K.: A common role of insula in feelings, empathy and uncertainty. In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(8), 2009. pp. 334-340.

  • de Vignemont, F., Singer, T.: The empathic brain: How, when and why? In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10, 2009. pp. 435-441.

  • Singer, T. et al.: Empathic neural responses are modulated by the perceived fairness of others. In: Nature, 439, 2006. pp. 466-469.

  • Singer, T. et al.: Brain responses to the acquired moral status of faces. In: Neuron, 41, 2004. pp. 653-662.



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