Olga Klimecki

Senior Researcher

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I am a psychologist and neuroscientist. I am interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that shape our social emotions in adaptive ways. In this endeavor, I combine methods from psychology, neuroscience and economy. In my doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Tania Singer I investigated neural, behavioral and emotional plasticity induced by training social emotions like compassion and empathy. The results of these longitudinal studies in adults provided evidence for the plasticity of social emotions spanning the levels of neural function, emotional resilience and helping behavior. I extended this line of research to aggressive behavior with a BRIDGE/Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Geneva from 2013 - 2015. Jointly with Prof. David Sander, I am now coordinating a research focus on the role of emotions in conflict resolution at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva, Switzerland):