I am a PhD student of Christian Ruff’s research group at the Social and Neural Systems Laboratory (SNS Lab) of the University of Zurich. I am interested in the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying our thoughts and behaviour in healthy as well as pathological states. Specifically, I’m investigating how we learn and make decisions in interpersonal settings, and how these processes are altered in people with psychiatric disorders. To this end, I’m following a neurocomputational approach, combining insights from neuroscience, psychology, and economics to uncover and formalize the processes leading to our decisions.
Before my PhD, I majored in Clinical Psychology and Neuroinformatics and was able to gather some initial clinical and scientific experience. Clinically, I have worked as assistant psychologist at the Burghölzli of the Psychiatric UniversityHospital Zurich and did internships both in a in a psychiatric day hospital (PUK) as well as in a neuropsychology unit (USZ). In terms of research, I was a student research assistent at the URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging (Dr Christina Roecke), did an internship in the Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain Imaging group (Prof Franz Vollenweider), and worked in the Therapy and Process Research group (Prof Heinz Boeker and Prof Birgit Kleim) as part of my master thesis, where I investigated functional neural changes during psychodynamic psychotherapy in patients with major depression.
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