Postdoctoral Program

Sascha Frühholz



Institution : Universität Zürich
Department : Psychologisches Institut
Research field : Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics


Neural mechanisms of emotional response patterning and system synchronization


I studied Technical Engineering, Science of Education, Sociology, and Psychology at the Universities of München (Germany), Augsburg (Germany), Hamburg (Germany) and Bremen (Germany). I graduated in Science of Education and Sociology in 2001 and in Psychology in 2006. I received my Ph.D. at Bremen University in 2008 with a dissertation project on the modulatory influences of contextual features on the neural processing of facial expressions. Recently I was also interested in the neural correlates of emotional and cognitive conflict processing and in individual differences in perceptual encoding strategies during face perception. At the University of Geneva and the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences I am currently engaged as Senior Researcher on different projects on dynamic connectivity patterns of local and remote brain regions during emotional prosody perception and expression using high-resolution brain scans and specific connectivity modeling approaches for functional imaging data. I am also PI on a SNSF funded project (N° 105314_146559/1) about neural bottom-up and top-down mechansims during the perception of human vocalizations.

Current Research

Project 1: Identifying the cortical and subcortical network for emotional prosody processing using high resolution fMRI (on 3T and 7T scanners)

Project 2: Impaired neural processing of affective voices in MTL patients

Project 3: Brain mechanisms for the expression of vocal emotions in speech and singing

Project 4: Computational anatomy of the limbic system.

Selected Publications

Pannese, A., Grandjean, D., Frühholz, S. (2015) Subcortical processing in auditory communication. Hearing Research , .
Korb, S., Frühholz, S., Grandjean, D. (2015) Reappraising the voices of wrath. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience , .
Klaas, H., Frühholz, S., Grandjean, D. (2015) Aggressive vocal expressions – an investigation of their underlying neural network. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience , .
Trost, W., Frühholz, S. (2015) The hippocampus is an integral part of the temporal limbic system during emotional processing: Comment on “The quartet theory of human emotions: An integrative and neurofunctional model” by S. Koelsch et al.. Physics of Life Reviews , .
Berron, D., Frühholz, S., Herrmann, M. (2015) Neural control of enhanced filtering demands in a combined Flanker and Garner conflict task. PLoS One , .