Dr Rafal M. SKIBA

Senior Post Doctoral Researcher

+41 22 37 90992

Research statement: 

From many years I have been fascinated by the influence of emotions on our behavior and how those processes are presented in our brain. In my researcher I am trying to use more naturalistic stimuli such as dynamic facial expressions. I am collecting and analyzing neuroimaging, eye tracking , behavior and personality data.


Research expertise:

1. Methodologies:  fMRI, and DCM for fMRI;  Eye tracking, combining measures of eye movements and fMRI; EEG

2. Analyzing personality traits and emotional intelligence. 

3. Developing emotional stimuli in FaceGen software.  

4. Developing experimental protocols in Psychtoolbox for Matlab 

5. Analyzing fMRI data with SPM for Matlab

6. Analyzing statistical data in IBM SPSS  



Gomez, M. A., Skiba, R. M., & Snow, J. C. (2017). Graspable Objects Grab Attention More Than Images Do. Psychological science.

Skiba, R.M., & Snow, J.C. (2016). Attentional capture for tool images is driven by the head end of the tool, not the handle. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 1-15.

Snow, J. C., Skiba, R.M., Coleman, T.C. & Berryhill, M. E. (2014). Real-world objects are more memorable than photographs of objects. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 1-11.

Skiba, R.M., Duncan, C. S., & Crognale, A.M. (2014). The Consequences of Luminance Intrusion for Large-Field Chromatic Visual Evoked Potentials. Vision Research, 95, 68-74.

Skiba, R.M., & López-Folgado, V. (2006). The idea of mateship in Australian culture: the sociolinguistic dimension of three speech acts. Hikma, 5, 201-220.


Selected poster and oral presentations:

Skiba R.M. & Vuilleumier P., (2018, June). Brain Mechanisms of Holistic and Analytic Processing of Dynamic Facial Expressions. Speech presented at the 2018 BBL/CBIM/CB day, Geneva, Swizterland.

Skiba R.M. & Vuilleumier P., (2018, April). Holistic and Analytic Processing of Dynamic Facial Expressions. Speech presented at the 2018 The Consortium of European Research on Emotion, Glasgow, UK.

Skiba R.M. & Vuilleumier P., (2018, January). Holistic and Analytic Processing of Dynamic Facial Expressions. Speech presented at the 2018 Alpine Brian Imaging Meeting, Champery, Switzerland.

Skiba, R.M., & Tartter, V. C. (2012, May). The influence of positive affect and anxiety on attention and creativity. Speech presented at the 5th Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the City College of New York, New York, NY.

Skiba, R.M., & Snow, J.C. (2016, June).Stereo shape cues influence gaze patterns during grasping, but not perceptual, tasks. Poster presented at the 6th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence, Washington, DC.

 Skiba, R.M., Jung, C., Smith, F., Mackowiak, M., and Hutsler, J. (2015, December). The Effects of Viewing Distance and Position on Facial Emotions Perception in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the 2015 Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience meeting, Reno, NV.

Skiba, R.M., Duncan, C. S., Jones Ch. R., Jackson, A. M., & Crognale, A. M. (2013, May). Macular pigment-based luminance artifacts do not account for band-pass temporal tuning of the chromatic visual evoked potential (cVEP). Poster presented at the 2013 ARVO Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA..

Bibi, R., Skiba, R.M., Moses J. Ch., & Melara, R. D. (2012, November). A novel flanker task uncovers distinct neural correlates of target versus distractor processing. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

Skiba, R.M., Bibi, R., Hien, D., Ruglass, L., Fertuck, E. A., Yoon, P., Lemons, P. G., Garcia, E., & Melara, R. D. (2011, November). Effects of perceptual and emotional distractors on visual selective attention of patients diagnosed with PTSD. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.