Vanessa Sennwald


WebsiteDiscipline : Psychology
Thesis topic : My research project aims to explain variations in the intensity of sexual desire through a reward processing model.
Supervisor : D. Sander

NCCR position : PhD Student
NCCR PI : David Sander
NCCR most relevant publications
Pool, E.R., Sennwald, V., Delplanque, S., Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2016). Measuring wanting and liking from animals to humans: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 63, 124-142.
Sennwald, V., Pool., E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., Bianchi-Demicheli, F., & Sander, D. (2016). Emotional attention for erotic stimuli: Cognitive and brain mechanisms. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524, 1668-1675.
Sennwald, V., Pool, E., & Sander, D. (2017). Considering the influence of the Pavlovian system on behavior: Appraisal and value representation. Psychological Inquiry, 28(1), 52-55.

General Information

I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Fribourg and a Master’s degree in clinical and cognitive psychology from the University of Geneva. My Master thesis on the perception of human bodies and sexual characteristics was under the supervision of Prof. Alan Pegna and Lore Legrand. For a year, I was a research assistant at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences on a project focusing on whether emotional differences between reality and fiction exist.

Current Research

I am a Ph.D student under the supervision of Professor David Sander. My research focuses on human sexual processing, more specifically on the psychological mechanisms underlying variations in the intensity of sexual desire.