Sozialpsychologie und Soziale Neurowissenschaft

Kontakt

Dr. Thomas Baumgartner

Telefon
+41 31 631 36 40
E-Mail
thomas.baumgartner@psy.unibe.ch
Büro
A 347
Postadresse
Universität Bern
Institut für Psychologie
Abteilung Sozialpsychologie und Soziale Neurowissenschaft
Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern / Schweiz
   
Baumgartner, T., Nash, K., Hill, C., & Knoch, D. (2015). Neuroanatomy of intergroup bias: A white matter microstructure study of individual differences. Neuroimage, 122, 345-354. download (pdf, 1.0 MB)
Baumgartner,T., Gianotti, L., Knoch, D. (2013). Baseline activation in anterior insula predicts inter-individual differences in deceptive behavior. Biological Psychology, 94, 192-197. download (pdf, 878KB)   
Baumgartner,T., Schiller, B., Hill, C., Knoch, D. (2013). Impartiality in humans is predicted by brain structure of dorsomedial prefrontal Cortex. Neuroimage, 81, 317-324. download (pdf, 578KB)
Baumgartner, T., Schiller, B., Rieskamp, J., Gianotti, L., Knoch, D.  (2014). Diminishing parochialism in intergroup conflict by disrupting the right temporo-parietal junction. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 653-660. download (pdf, 251KB)
Baumgartner, T., Knoch, D., Hotz, P., Eisenegger, C., Fehr, E. (2011). Dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex orchestrate normative choice. Nature Neuroscience, 14, 1468-1474. download (pdf, 667KB)
Baumgartner, T., Götte, L., Gügler, R., Fehr, E. (2012). The mentalizing network orchestrates the impact of parochial altruism on social norm enforcement. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 1452-1469. download (pdf, 2.1 MB)
Baumgartner, T., Fischbacher, U., Feierabend, A., Lutz, K., & Fehr, E. (2009). The Neural Circuitry of a Broken Promise. Neuron, 64, 756-770.  download (pdf, 1.3 MB)
Baumgartner, T., Heinrichs, M., Vonlanthen, A., Fischbacher, U. & Fehr, E. (2008). Oxytocin Shapes the Neural Circuitry of Trust and Trust Adaption in Humans. Neuron, 58, 639-650.  download (pdf, 648KB)
Baumgartner, T., Speck, D., Wettstein, D., Masnari, O., Beeli, G., Jäncke, L. (2008). Feeling present in arousing virtual reality worlds: prefrontal brain regions differentially orchestrate presence experience in adults and children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2, 1-12. download (pdf, 2.6 MB)

Social Decision-Making: The Interacting Brain

Nash, K.*, Baumgartner, T.*, Knoch, D. (2017). Group-focused morality is associated with limited conflict detection and resolution capacity: Neuroanatomical evidence. Biological Psychology, 123, 235-240. (*shared first co-authorship). Download (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Baumgartner, T., Saulin, A., Hein, G., Knoch, D. (2016). Structural Differences in Insular Cortex Reflect Vicarious Injustice Sensitivity. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0167538. Link to article.
Schiller, B.*, Gianotti, L.R.R*, Baumgartner, T., Nash K., Koenig, T. & Knoch, D. (2016). Clocking the social mind by identifying mental processes in the IAT with electrical neuroimaging. PNAS, 113 (10), 2786-2791.(*shared first co-authorship). Link to article.
Baumgartner, T., Nash, K., Hill, C., & Knoch, D. (2015). Neuroanatomy of intergroup bias: A white matter microstructure study of individual differences. Neuroimage, 122, 345-354. download (pdf, 1.0 MB)
Schiller, B.*, Baumgartner, T.*, Knoch, D. (2014). Intergroup bias in third-party punishment stems from both ingroup favoritism and outgroup discrimination. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 169-175. (*shared first co-authership) download (pdf, 432KB)
Nash, K., Schiller, B., Gianotti, L.R.R., Baumgartner, T., Knoch, D. (2014). "Electrophysiological Indices of Response Inhibition in a Go/NoGo Task Predict Self-Control in a Social Context." Plos One. download (pdf, 624KB)
Baumgartner,T., Gianotti, L., Knoch, D. (2013). Who is honest and why: Baseline activation in anterior insula predicts inter-individual differences in deceptive behavior. Biological Psychology, 94, 192-197. download (pdf, 878KB)
Baumgartner,T., Schiller, B., Hill, C., Knoch, D. (2013). Impartiality in humans is predicted by brain structure of dorsomedial prefrontal Cortex. Neuroimage, 81, 317-324. download (pdf, 578KB)
Baumgartner, T., Schiller, B., Rieskamp, J., Gianotti, L., Knoch, D. (2013).Diminishing parochialism in intergroup conflict by disrupting the right temporo-parietal junction. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 653-660.  download (pdf, 251KB)
Baumgartner, T., Knoch, D., Hotz, P., Eisenegger C., Fehr E. (2011). Dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex orchestrate normative choice. Nature Neuroscience, 14, 1468-1474. download (pdf, 667KB)
Baumgartner, T., Götte, L., Gügler, R., Fehr, E. (2012). The mentalizing network orchestrates the impact of parochial altruism on social norm enforcement. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 1452-1469.  download (pdf, 2.1 MB)
Baumgartner, T., Fischbacher, U., Feierabend, A., Lutz, K., & Fehr, E. (2009). The Neural Circuitry of a Broken Promise. Neuron, 64, 756-770. download (pdf, 1.3 MB)
Baumgartner, T., Heinrichs, M., Vonlanthen, A., Fischbacher, U., & Fehr, E. (2008).Oxytocin shapes the neural circuitry of trust and trust adaptation in humans. Neuron, 58, 639-650. download (pdf, 648KB)
Knoch, D., Gianotti, L.R.R., Baumgartner, T., Fehr, E. (2010). A neural marker of costly punishment behavior. Psychological Science, 21, 337-342. download (pdf, 426KB)
Heinrichs, M., Baumgartner, T., Kirschbaum, C., & Ehlert, U. (2003). Social support and oxytocin interact to suppress cortisol and subjective responses to psychosocial stress. Biol.Psychiatry, 54, 1389-1398. download (pdf, 173KB)

Emotional Perception and Experience: The Aroused Brain

Baumgartner, T., Willi M. & Jäncke L. (2007). Modulation of corticospinal activity by strong emotions evoked by pictures and classical music: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Neuroreport, 18, 261-265. download (pdf, 140KB)
Baumgartner, T., Esslen, M. & Jäncke, L. (2006). From emotion perception to emotion experience: Emotions evoked by pictures and classical music. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 60, 34-43. download (pdf, 289KB)
Baumgartner, T., Lutz, K., Schmidt, C. & Jäncke, L. (2006). The emotional power of music: How music enhances the feeling of affective pictures. Brain Research, 1075, 151-164. download (pdf, 422KB)
Kaffenberger, Tina, Brühl, A.B., Baumgartner, T., Jäncke, L. & Herwig, U. (2010). Negative bias of processing ambiguously cued emotional stimuli. Neuroreport, 21, 601-605. download (pdf, 191KB)
Kaffenberger, T., Baumgartner, T., Koeneke, S., Jancke, L., & Herwig, U. (2008). Chronometric features of processing unpleasant stimuli: a functional MRI-based transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Neuroreport, 19, 777-781. download (pdf, 125KB)

Virtual Reality: The Regulating Role of the Prefrontal Cortex

Jäncke, L., Cheetham, M. & Baumgartner, T. (2009). Virtual reality and the role of the prefrontal cortex in adults and children. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 3, 52-59. download (pdf, 1.7 MB)
Baumgartner, T., Speck, D., Wettstein, D., Masnari, O., Beeli, G., & Jäncke, L. (2008). Feeling present in arousing virtual reality worlds: prefrontal brain regions differentially orchestrate presence experience in adults and children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2, 1-12. download (pdf, 2.6 MB)
Baumgartner, T., Valko, L., Esslen, M. & Jäncke, L. (2006). Neural correlate of  Spatial Presence in an arousing and non-interactive virtual reality world – an EEG and Psychophysiology study. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 9, 30-45. download (pdf, 247KB)
Beeli, G., Casutt, G., Baumgartner, T., & Jancke, L. (2008). Modulating presence and impulsiveness by external stimulation of the brain. Behav Brain Funct, 4, 1-7. download (pdf, 636KB)
Dey, M., Gschwend, B., Baumgartner, T., Jäncke, P. & Jäncke L. (2006). Effekte von Musik auf das Fahrverhalten. Zeitschrift für Verkehrssicherheit, 52, 32-36. download (pdf, 623KB)
Wirth, W., Hartmann, T., Böcking, S., Vorderer, P., Klimmt, C., Schramm, H., Saari, T., Laarni, J., Ravaja, N., Ribeiro Gouveia, F., Baumgartner, T. et al. (2007). A process model of the formation of Spatial Presence experiences. Media Psychology, 9, 493-525. download (pdf, 276KB)

Emotional Anticipation: The Pessimistic Brain

Herwig, U., Brühl, A.B., Kaffenberger, T., Baumgartner, T., Boeker, H., & Jäncke, L. (2009). Neural correlates of ‚pessimistic’ attitude in depression. Psychological Medicine, 40, 789-800. download (pdf, 175KB)
Herwig, U., Baumgartner, T., Kaffenberger, T., Brühl, A., Kottlow, M., Schreiter-Gasser, U., Abler, B., Jancke, L., and Rufer, M. (2007). Modulation of anticipatory emotion and perception processing by cognitive control. Neuroimage, 37, 652-662. download (pdf, 1.1 MB)
Herwig, U., Kaffenberger, T., Baumgartner, T. & Jäncke L. (2007). Neural correlate of a „pessimistic“ attitude when anticipating events of unknown emotional valence. Neuroimage, 34, 848-858. download (pdf, 928KB)

I investigate the foundations of human emotional and social behavior using a multi-method and interdisciplinary approach combining theories, paradigms, and techniques from disciplines as varied as neuroscience (e.g., functional and structural MRI, TMS, combined TMS-fMRI, EEG), social psychology (e.g., questionnaires, social stress paradigms), psychobiology (e.g., hormonal and autonomic measures), and economics (e.g., game theoretic paradigms such as the ultimatum, trust and prisoner’s dilemma games).

More specifically, I am interested in the study of the neural and hormonal mechanisms underlying social and non-social decision making; emotional perception, experience and anticipation. My further research involves the study of emotion-regulation capacities, their role in (social) decision making, and their impact on emotional experience and anticipation.

 
since August 2014
Senior Scientific researcher at the Department of Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience, Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland
2010 -2014
Senior Scientific researcher at the Institute for Psychology, Department of Social and Affective Neuroscience & Department of Economic Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2005-2010
Scientific researcher (Post-Doc) at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland
July, 2005
Dissertation Thesis: Neural Correlates of Higher Cognitive and Emotional Functions of the Human Brain (summa cum laude)
2002-2005
PhD Studies in Neuroscience at the University of Zurich, Department of Neuropsychology (Supervisor Prof. Dr. L. Jäncke)
July, 2002
Graduation: Master in Psychology, Psychopathology and Neurophysiology (summa cum laude)
Master Thesis: Social support and Oxytocin interact to suppress cortisol and subjective responses to psychosocial stress
1996-2002
Studies of Psychology, Psychopathology and Neurophysiology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

University of Zurich and Basel

  • Seminar in Affective and Social Neuroscience:

           Summer Term 2004 until Winter Term 2012: 12 seminars given

  • Neuropsychological Methods (EEG, fMRI, PET, TMS):

           Summer Term 2003 and Winter Term 2004: 2 seminars given

  • Block course in neuropsychological methods (EEG, fMRI, PET, TMS):

           Winter Term 2004: 1 seminar given