Sozialpsychologie und Soziale Neurowissenschaft

Team Prof. Dr. Daria Knoch (Ordinaria, chair)

Dr. Sarah Rudorf

+41 31 631 47 24
A 335
Universität Bern
Institut für Psychologie
Abteilung Sozialpsychologie und Soziale Neurowissenschaft
Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern / Schweiz

Cognitive & Social Neuroscience


Decision Making Under Risk

Functional and Structural Brain Connectivity


Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience, University of Bern.


Research associate (PhD student) at the Center for Economics and Neuroscience, University of Bonn.
PhD thesis: “The Neural Basis of Human Decision Making Processes”
Supervisors: Martin Reuter, Bernd Weber

2012 & 2013

Visiting researcher at the Social and Neural Systems (SNS) Lab, University of Zurich.


Psychology studies, University of Bonn (‘Diplom‘, equivalent to MSc).
Diploma thesis: “Investigation of the Neural Correlates of Habitual and Situational Risk Preferences Using fMRI”


Visiting student, Psychology Graduate Program, University of Toronto.
Rudorf, S., Schmelz, K., Baumgartner, T., Wiest, R., Fischbacher, U., Knoch, D. (2018). Neural mechanisms underlying individual differences in control-averse behavior. Journal of Neuroscience.

Link to article.

Rudorf S, Preuschoff K, and Weber B (2012). Neural Correlates of Anticipation Risk Reflect Risk Preferences. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 47, 16683-16692.
Rudorf S and Weber B (2013). Neuroökonomie. In A. Stephan und S. Walter (Eds.), Handbuch Kognitionswissenschaft. Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler.
Lindner M*, Rudorf S*, Birg R, Falk A, Weber B, and Fliessbach K (2014). Neural Patterns Underlying Social Comparisons of Personal Performance. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsu087. * co-first author
Markett S, Reuter M, Montag C, Voigt G, Lachmann B, Rudorf S, Elger CE, and Weber B (2014). Assessing the Function of the Fronto-Parietal Attention Network: Insights from Resting-State fMRI and the Attentional Network Test. Human Brain Mapping, 35, 4, 1700-1709.
Rudorf, S & Hare, TA (2014). Interactions between Dorsolateral and Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Underlie Context-Dependent Stimulus Valuation in Goal-Directed Choice. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(48), 15988-15996.
Rudorf S, Kuhnen CM, and Weber B (in preparation). Risk Learning Signals Predict Optimal Investment Choices.
Rudorf S, Weber B, and Kuhnen CM (in preparation). Stock Ownership and Learning from Financial Information.