Short CV/Education and training

  • I did my undergraduate studies and Masters in Psychology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and the City College of New York and conducted my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Max-Planck-Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. As a postdoc I was based in Cambridge, Frankfurt/Main and the University of California, Berkeley. I worked as senior researcher at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich, as senior lecturer at the Department of Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience at the University of Bern, and as a Heisenberg-Fellow at the Institute of Medical Psychology at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt/ M. In 2017 I joined the University of Würzburg as a Heisenbergprofessor of Translational Social Neuroscience at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic and Psychotherapy.

  • I am married and we have two sons.

Selected publications

  • #5 years impact factor

  • Hein, G, Morishima, Y, Sul, S, Leiberg, S & Fehr, E. (2016). The brain’s functional architecture reveals human motives. Science, 351, 1074-1078.# 35.3

    - selected as “Perspectives” article in the ‘Insights’ section of Science, Gluth & Fontanesi (2016), 351, 1028

  • Hein, G, Engelmann, JB, Vollberg, M., & Tobler PN (2016). How learning shapes the empathic brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, 80-85. # 10.4

  • Sul, S., Tobler, PN, Hein, G, Leiberg, S., Jung, D., Fehr, E., & Kim, H. (2015). Spatial gradient in other-regarding value representation along the medial prefrontal cortex predicts individual differences in altruism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 7851-7856. # 10.4

  • Engelmann, JB & Hein, G (2013). Contextual and social influences on valuation and choice. Progress in Brain Research, 202, 215-237. # 3.3

  • Hein, G, Lamm C, Brodbeck C, Singer T (2011). Skin conductance response to the pain of others predicts later costly helping. PLoS One, 6, e22759. # 4

    - recommended by The Faculty of 1000, Iriki A: F1000 Recommendation of [Hein G et al., PLoS ONE 2011, 6(8):e22759]. Faculty of 1000, 26 Sep 2011.

  • Hein, G, Silani, G, Preuschoff, K, Batson, CD, Singer, T (2010). Neural responses to ingroup and outgroup members’ suffering predict individual differences in costly helping. Neuron, 68, 149-160.

    - selected as “Research Highlight“ in Nature (2010), 467, 754.

    - recommended by The Faculty of 1000, Masuda N: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Hein G et al., Neuron 2010, 68(1):149-60]. In F1000Prime, 18 Feb 2015

  • Naumer, MJ, Doehrmann O, Müller NG, Kaiser J, Muckli L, & Hein, G (2008). Learning-induced cortical plasticity of audio-visual object representations. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 1641-53. # 6.9

  • Hein, G, & Singer, T (2008). I feel how you feel but not always: The Empathic Brain and its Modulation. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 18, 153-158. # 6.8

  • Hein, G, Fuhrmann Alpert, G, Tsai, N, Naumer, M.J, & Knight, RT (2008). Temporal characteristics of audiovisual information flow. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 5344-5349. # 7

    - selected as “Journal Club” article in the Journal of Neuroscience, Liang et al. (2008), 28, 8861-8862.

  • Hein, G, & Knight, RT (2008). Superior temporal sulcus – It’s my area: Or is it? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12, 2125-2136. # 4

    - recommended by The Faculty of 1000, Scott S: F1000 Recommendation of [Hein G and Knight RT, J Cogn Neurosci 2008, 20(12):2125-36]. Faculty of 1000, 23 May 2008

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Understanding the motives that drive social behaviors

  • Understanding the interplay between social motivation and learning

  • Understanding the interplay between social motivation/interactions and psychopathology

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Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Bord member European Social and Affective Neuroscience Association (ESAN)

Media coverage


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Yoga and my two sons (born 2011 and 2012)


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