Hélène Maurer

Doctoral candidate
Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and Department of Psychologie (FPSE)
University of Geneva

Email. helene.maurer@unige.ch

I obtained in 2007 a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Geneva and worked for a decade as a specialized educator with various clinical populations. I resumed studying at UNIGE with the aim of a career shift towards research and obtained in 2019 a Master of Psychology as a Basic Science, with a focus on Affective and Cognitive processes. In this context, I conducted a fMRI study on the neural representation of the affective valence of odors in the amygdaloid body. I also realized a field internship in Uganda on a project on wild chimpanzees led by Prof. Thibaud Grüber, under the supervision of Prof. Didier Grandjean. In addition, I worked as a teaching and research auxiliary in several labs at UNIGE.

In January 2020, I started a PhD under the co-supervision on Prof. Didier Grandjean and Dr. Leonardo Ceravolo at the Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics Lab (NEAD) and the Swiss Center for Affective Science (CISA). The aim of this project is to shed light on the behavioral, physiological and neural mechanisms underlying the production and the decoding of the vocal expression of emotion in several production contexts (e.g. acting vs emotion induction) and to investigate the role of interoceptive signals -such as the perception of one own voice-related bodily vibration – in the process of producing and decoding emotional content from vocal cues.