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Department of Psychology Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Sascha Frühholz, Prof. Dr.


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Sascha Frühholz, Prof. Dr.

Head of the group

Phone: +41 44 635 74 36


University of Zurich 

Department of Psychology 
Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 
Binzmuehlestrasse 14, Box 18 


Research focus in auditory and in affective neuroscience. Research projects on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of face and voice perception, on voice production, and on emotional processing.

Scientific CV

06/2016 Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.), University of Jena, Jena (Germany)
Since 09/2015 SNF Professorship, University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)
09/2013–08/2015 Senior Researcher, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva (Switzerland)
01/2010–08/2013 Postdoc, University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland)
11/2008–12/2009 Postdoc, University of Bremen, Bremen (Germany)
10/2008 Dr. rer. nat., University of Bremen, Bremen (Germany)
04/2006 Diploma in Psychology, University of Bremen, Bremen (Germany)
11/2001 Diploma in Science of Education, University of Augsburg, Augsburg (Germany)

Selected publications

  • Frühholz, S., Hofstetter, C., Cristinzio, C, Saj, A., Seeck, M., Vuilleumier, P., Grandjean, D. (2015). Asymmetric effects of unilateral right or left amygdala damage on auditory cortical processing of vocal emotions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 12, 1583–1588.
  • Frühholz, S., Gschwind, M, Grandjean, D. (2015). Bilateral dorsal and ventral fiber pathways for the processing of affective prosody identified by probabilistic fiber tracking. NeuroImage, 109C, 27–34.
  • Frühholz, S., Trost, W., Grandjean, D. (2014). The role of the medial temporal limbic system in processing emotions in voice and music. Progress in Neurobiology, 123, 1–17.
  • Frühholz, S., Klaas, H, Patel, S., Grandjean, D. (2014). Talking in fury: The cortico-subcortical network underlying the vocal expression of anger. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Frühholz, S., Grandjean, D. (2013). Processing of emotional vocalizations in bilateral inferior frontal cortex. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 37, 5847–2855.
  • Frühholz, S., Grandjean, D. (2013). Amygdala subregions differentially respond and rapidly adapt to threatening voices. Cortex, 49, 1394–1403.
  • Frühholz, S., Grandjean, D. (2013). Multiple subregions in superior temporal cortex are differentially sensitive to vocal expressions: a quantitative meta-analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 37, 24–35.
  • Frühholz, S., Ceravolo, L., Grandjean, D. (2012). Specific brain networks during the explicit and implicit decoding of affective prosody. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 1107–1117.

Research Funding by:

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)