Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab

Professorship for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Prof. Dr. Sascha Frühholz


The professorship for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Our research group focuses on the cognitive, psychological and neural processes that underlie the processing of visual and auditory environmental stimuli as well as emotional stimuli.

Our research focuses on:

  • Cognitive and neural mechanisms of voice perception
  • Emotion processing from human faces, voices, and music
  • Neural mechanisms of voice production
  • Auditory perception
  • Anatomy of the limbic system
  • Emotional processing in neurological patients
  • Cognitive control in conflict situations

To investigate these scientific questions, we use a variety of psychological and neuroscientific methods:

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Intracranial brain recordings (iEEG)
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
  • Psychoacoustic hearing experiments
  • Acoustic voice recordings and voice analysis
  • Computer-based voice decoding («machine learing»)
  • Lab/Behavioral experiments