Prof. Dr. Daria Knoch

Abteilungsleiterin

Telefon
+41 31 631 54 32
E-Mail
daria.knoch@psy.unibe.ch
Büro
A 345
Postadresse
Universität Bern
Institut für Psychologie
Abteilung Sozialpsychologie und Soziale Neurowissenschaft
Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern
Sprechstunde
jeweils jeden Dienstag von 14:30-15:30 nach telefonischer Voranmeldung im Sekretariat (Irène Gonce).

My research interests lie in the social and neurobiological aspects of social issues such as fairness, altruism, intergroup hostility, prosocial behavior, norm enforcement and norm violation and selfishness. I combine tools principally from Neuroscience, Social Psychology, and Behavioral Economics to study social decision making. 

Key research questions are:

  • Are humans inherently prosocial or does prosocial behavior require deliberate self-restraint?
  • Are there any neural markers that explain individual differences in social preferences?
  • Can differences in brain structure and resting brain function predict individual differences in social behavior?
  • Can we modulate self-control processes in social contexts with brain stimulation techniques or pharmacological substances?
  • Does self-regulatory training alter brain connectivity and morphometry and do these changes predict greater self-regulatory success in social contexts?
   
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. (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 1.0 MB)
Nash, K., Gianotti, L.R.R., Knoch, D. (2015). A neural trait approach to exploring individual differences in social preferences. Frontiers in Behavioral NeuroscienceLink to article.
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-authorship). download (pdf, 432KB)
Baumgartner, T., Schiller, B., Hill, C., Knoch, D. (2013). Impartiality in humans is predicted by brain structure of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex. Neuroimage, 81, 317-32. download (pdf, 578KB)
Baumgartner, T.*, Knoch, D.*, Hotz, P., Eisengger, C., & Fehr, E.(2011). Dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex orchestrate normative choice. Nature Neuroscience, 14, 1468-1474.  (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 667KB)
Figner, B., Knoch, D., Johnson, E.J., Krosch, A.R., Lisanby, S.H., Fehr, E., & Weber, E.U. (2010). Lateral prefrontal cortex and self-control in intertemporal choice. Nature Neuroscience, 13, 538–539. download (pdf, 175KB)
Eisenegger, C.*, Knoch, D.*, Ebstein, R.P., Gianotti, L., Sandor, P., & Fehr, E. (2010). DRD4 polymorphism predicts the effect of L-DOPA on gambling behavior. Biological Psychiatry, 67, 702–706 (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 292KB)
Knoch, D.*, Gianotti, L.*, Baumgartner, T., & Fehr, E. (2010). A neural marker of costly punishment behavior. Psychological Science,21, 337–342. (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 426KB)
Knoch, D., Schneider, F., Schunk, D., Hohmann, M., & Fehr, E. (2009). Disrupting the prefrontal cortex diminishes the human ability to build a good reputation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106, 20895–20899. download (pdf, 735KB)
Knoch, D.*, Nitsche, M.*, Fischbacher, U., Eisenegger, C., Pascual-Leone, A., & Fehr, E. (2008). Studying the neurobiology of social interaction behavior with transcranial direct current stimulation – The example of punishing unfairness. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 1987–1990. (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 218KB)
Knoch, D., & Fehr, E. (2007). Resisting the power of temptations: The right prefrontal cortex and self-control. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1104, 123-134. download (pdf, 518KB)
Knoch, D., Pascual-Leone, A., Meyer, K., Treyer, V., & Fehr, E. (2006). Diminishing reciprocal fairness by disrupting the right prefrontal cortex. Science, 314, 829–832. download (pdf, 164KB)
 

Neuromodulation of decision making behavior

Pedroni, A., Eisenegger, C., Hartmann, M. N., Fischbacher, U., & Knoch, D. (2014). Dopaminergic stimulation increases selfish behavior in the absence of punishment threat. Psychopharmacology, 231, 135-141. download (pdf, 212KB)
  Baumgartner, T., Schiller, B., Rieskamp, J., Gianotti, L. R., & 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)
  Eisenegger, C., Pedroni, A., Rieskamp, J., Zehnder, C., Ebstein, R., Fehr, E., & Knoch, D. (2013). DAT1 Polymorphism Determines L-DOPA Effects on Learning about Others’ Prosociality. PloS one, 8, e67820. download (pdf, 342KB)
  Baumgartner, T.*, Knoch, D.*, Hotz, P., Eisengger, C., & Fehr, E.(2011). Dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex orchestrate normative choice. Nature Neuroscience, 14, 1468-1474.  (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 667KB)
  Eisenegger, C.*, Knoch, D.*, Ebstein, R.P., Gianotti, L., Sandor, P., & Fehr, E. (2010). DRD4 polymorphism predicts the effect of L-DOPA on gambling behavior. Biological Psychiatry, 67, 702–706 (*shared first co-authorship).download (pdf, 292KB)
  Figner, B., Knoch, D., Johnson, E.J., Krosch, A.R., Lisanby, S.H., Fehr, E., & Weber, E.U. (2010).Lateral prefrontal cortex and self-control in intertemporal choice. Nature Neuroscience, 13, 538–539. download (pdf, 175KB)
  Knoch, D., Schneider, F., Schunk, D., Hohmann, M., & Fehr, E. (2009). Disrupting the prefrontal cortex diminishes the human ability to build a good reputation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106, 20895–20899. download (pdf, 735KB)
  Knoch, D.*, Nitsche, M.*, Fischbacher, U., Eisenegger, C., Pascual-Leone, A., & Fehr, E. (2008). Studying the neurobiology of social interaction behavior with transcranial direct current stimulation – The example of punishing unfairness. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 1987–1990. (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 218KB)
  Knoch, D., & Fehr, E. (2007). Resisting the power of temptations: The right prefrontal cortex and self-control. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1104, 123-134. download (pdf, 518KB)
  Fecteau, S., Knoch, D., Fregni, F., Sultani, N., Boggio, P., & Pascual-Leone, A. (2007). Diminishing risk-taking behavior by modulating activity in the prefrontal cortex: a direct current stimulation study. The Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 12500-12505. download (pdf, 173KB)
  Knoch, D. (2007). Funktionelle Hemisphärenasymmetrie der Selbstkontrolle? Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 18, 183–192.  download (pdf, 333KB)
  Knoch, D., Gianotti, L. R., Pascual-Leone, A., Treyer, V., Regard, M., Hohmann, M., & Brugger, P. (2006). Disruption of right prefrontal cortex by low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation induces risk-taking behavior. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 6469-6472. download (pdf, 152KB)
  Knoch, D., Pascual-Leone, A., Meyer, K., Treyer, V., & Fehr, E. (2006). Diminishing reciprocal fairness by disrupting the right prefrontal cortex. Science, 314, 829-832. download (pdf, 164KB)
  Knoch, D., Brugger, P., & Regard, M. (2005). Suppressing versus releasing a habit: frequency-dependent effects of prefrontal transcranial magnetic stimulation. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 885-887. download (pdf, 130KB)
 

Individual differences in decision making behavior

  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.
  Pedroni, A., Gianotti, L.R.R., Koenig, T. Lehmann, D., Faber, P., Knoch. D. (2016). Temporal characteristics of EEG Microstates mediate trial-by-trial risk taking. Brain Topography.  Download (PDF, 909KB)
  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)
  Nash, K., Gianotti, L.R.R., Knoch, D. (2015). A neural trait approach to exploring individual differences in social preferences. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Link to article.
  Friese*, M., Gianotti*, L.R.R, Knoch, D. (2016). The Association Between Implicit Alcohol Attitudes and Drinking Behavior is Moderated by Baseline Activation in the Lateral Prefrontal Cortex. Health Psychology, 35 (8), 837-841. (*equal first authorship). 
  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)
  Schiller, B.*, Gianotti, L. R.*, Nash, K., & Knoch, D. (2014). Individual differences in inhibitory control—Relationship between baseline activation in lateral PFC and an electrophysiological index of response inhibition. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2430-2435. (*shared first co-authership). download (pdf, 371KB)
  Nash, K., Schiller, B., Gianotti, L. R., Baumgartner, T., & Knoch, D. (2013). Electrophysiological Indices of Response Inhibition in a Go/NoGo Task Predict Self-Control in a Social Context. PloS one, 8, e79462. uthership).
  Baumgartner, T., Gianotti, L. R., & 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)
  Gianotti, L. R., Figner, B., Ebstein, R. P., & Knoch, D. (2012). Why some people discount more than others: baseline activation in the dorsal PFC mediates the link between COMT genotype and impatient choice. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 6, 1-7. download (pdf, 832KB)
  Knoch, D.*, Gianotti, L. R.*, Baumgartner, T., & Fehr, E. (2010). A neural marker of costly punishment behavior. Psychological Science, 21, 337-342. (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 426KB)
  Gianotti, L. R.*, Knoch, D.*, Faber, P. L., Lehmann, D., Pascual-Marqui, R. D., Diezi, C., Eisenegger, C.,& Fehr, E. (2009). Tonic activity level in the right prefrontal cortex predicts individuals' risk taking. Psychological Science, 20, 33-38. (*shared first co-authorship). download (pdf, 264KB)
 

TMS – methodological and ethical aspects

Eisenegger, C., Treyer, V., Fehr, E., & Knoch, D. (2008). Time-course of “off-line” prefrontal rTMS effects—a PET study. Neuroimage, 42, 379-384. download (pdf, 367KB)
  Knoch, D., Pascual-Leone, A., & Fehr, E. (2007). The ethics of transcranial magnetic stimulation-Response. Science, 315, 1663-1664. download (pdf, 262KB)
  Knoch, D., Treyer, V., Regard, M., Müri, R. M., Buck, A., & Weber, B. (2006). Lateralized and frequency-dependent effects of prefrontal rTMS on regional cerebral blood flow. Neuroimage, 31, 641-648. download (pdf, 240KB)
 

Synaesthesia

Brugger, P., Loetscher, T., Graves, R. E., & Knoch, D. (2007). Semantic, perceptual and number space: Relations between category width and spatial processing.Neuroscience Letters, 418, 133-137. download (pdf, 134KB)
  Burrack, A., Knoch, D., & Brugger, P. (2006). Mitempfindung in Synaesthetes: Co-incidence or Meaningful Association? Cortex, 42, 151-154. download (pdf, 89KB)
  Knoch, D., Gianotti, L. R., Mohr, C., & Brugger, P. (2005). Synesthesia: when colors count. Cognitive Brain Research, 25, 372-374. download (pdf, 133KB)
  Brugger, P., Knoch, D., Mohr, C., & Gianotti, L. R. (2004). Is digit-color synaesthesia strictly unidirectional? Preliminary evidence for an implicitly colored number space in three synaesthetes. Acta Neuropsychologica, 2, 252-258. download (pdf, 4.7 MB)

Daria Knoch

Prof. Dr. Daria Knoch