Short CV/Education and training


  • 2001
    Diploma (with honors), Psychology, University of Marburg, Germany

  • 2006
    PhD, Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2013
    Habilitation, Venia legendi for Psychology, University of Marburg, Germany

Academic Appointments

  • 2001 – 2006
    Research assistant (Ph.D. student), Department of Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2006 – 2008
    Post-doctoral fellow, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, USA

  • 2009 – 2014
    Ambizione junior scientist awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation; Senior Researcher, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Since 2015
    Swiss National Science Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology, Biological and Social Emotion Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Aue, T., Hoeppli, M. E., Piguet, C., Hofstetter, C., Rieger, S. W., & Vuilleumier, P. (2015). Brain systems underlying expectancy bias in spider phobia. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 15, 335-348.

  • Aue, T., & Okon-Singer, H. (2015). Expectancy biases in fear and anxiety and their link to biases in attention. Clinical Psychology Review, 42, 83-95.

  • Moser, D. A., Aue, T., Suardi, F., Kutlikova, H., Cordero, M. I., Sancho Rossignol, A., . . . Schechter, D. S. (2015). Violence-related PTSD and neural activation when seeing emotionally charged male-female interactions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 645-653.

  • Moser, D. A., Aue, T., Suardi, F., Manini, A., Sancho Rossignol, A., . . . Schechter, D. S. (2015). The relation of general socio-emotional processing to parenting specific behavior: A study of mothers with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1575.

  • Schechter, D. S., Moser, D. A., Giacobino, A., Stenz, L., Gex-Fabry, M., Aue, T., . . . Rusconi Serpa, S. (2015). Methylation of NR3C1 is related to maternal PTSD, parenting stress and maternal medial prefrontal cortical activity in response to child separation among mothers with histories of violence exposure. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 690.

  • Aue, T. (2014). I feel good – whether my friends win or my foes lose: Brain mechanisms underlying feeling similarity. Neuropsychologia, 60, 159-167.

  • Aue, T., Guex, R., Chauvigné, L. A. S., & Okon-Singer, H. (2013). Varying expectancies and the attention bias in phobic and nonphobic individuals. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 418.

  • Aue T., Hoeppli, M. E., Piguet, C., Sterpenich, V., & Vuilleumier, P. (2013). Visual avoidance in phobia: Particularities in neural activity, autonomic responding, and cognitive risk evaluations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 194.

  • Moser, D. A., Aue, T., Wang, Z., Rusconi Serpa, S., Favez, N., Peterson, B. S., & Schechter, D. S. (2013). Limbic brain responses in mothers with post-traumatic stress disorder and comorbid dissociation to video clips of their children. Stress, 16, 493-502.

  • Aue, T., & Hoeppli, M. E. (2012). Evidence for an encounter expectancy bias in fear of spiders. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 727-736.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • SNF PP00P1_150492: Neurobiology of optimism and its relation to attention and social identification, since 2015

  • SNF PZ00P1_140060: Neural and somatovisceral processes associated with expectancy bias in spider phobia, 2009 – 2013

  • SNF PBGE11-111225: Wishful thinking and decision making in sports: What are the underlying mechanisms? 2006 – 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Memberships: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Society for Social Neuroscience

    Swiss Society for Neuroscience

  • Associate Editor: BMC Psychiatry

  • Action Editor: Biological Psychology

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer: Acta Psychologica, Behavior Research Methods, Biological Psychology, BMC Psychiatry, Cognition and Emotion, Depression and Anxiety, Emotion, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Journal of Individual Differences, Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Neuroimage, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Psychophysiology, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Swiss Journal of Psychology


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