Soziale Neurowissenschaft und Sozialpsychologie

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

Dr. Lorena Gianotti

+41 31 684 40 43
A 341
Universität Bern
Institut für Psychologie
Abteilung Soziale Neurowissenschaft und Sozialpsychologie
Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern / Schweiz
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Michel, C. M., Koenig, T., Brandeis, D., Gianotti, L R R., & Wackermann, J. (Ed.). (2009). Electrical Neuroimaging. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Schiller, B., Sperl, M.F.J., Kleinert, T., Nash, K. & Gianotti, L.R.R. (2023). EEG Microstates in Social and Affective Neuroscience. Brain Topography. Link to article.  
Globig, L.K.*, Gianotti, L.R.R.*, Ponsi, G., Koenig, T., Dahinden, F.M. & Knoch, D. (2023). The path of dishonesty: identification of mental processes with electrical neuroimaging. Cerebral Cortex. (* shared-first co-authorship). Link to article. 
Studler, M.*, Gianotti, L.R.R. *, Koch, K., Hausfeld, J., Tarokh, L., Maric, A. & Knoch, D. (2022). Local slow-wave activity over the right prefrontal cortex reveals individual risk preferences.  Neuroimage. (*shared first co-authorship). Link to article.
Koch K., Gianotti L.R.R., Hausfeld J., Studler M. & Knoch D. (2021). Different behavioral types of distributional preferences are characterized by distinct neural signatures. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.Link to article
Baumgartner, T.*, Dahinden, F.M.*, Gianotti, L.R.R. & Knoch, D. (2019). Neural traits characterize unconditional cooperators, conditional cooperators, and noncooperators in group‐based cooperation. Human Brain Mapping. (*shared first co-authorship).  Link to article.
Schiller, B.*, Gianotti, L.R.R.*, Baumgartner, T., Knoch, D. (2019). Theta resting EEG in the right TPJ is associated with individual differences in implicit intergroup bias. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. ;(*shared first co-authorship). Link to article. 
Baumgartner, T.*, Langenbach, B.P.*, Gianotti, L.R.R., Müri, R.M. & Knoch, D. (2019). Frequency of everyday proenvironmental behaviour is explained by baseline activation in lateral prefrontal cortex. Scientific reports. (*shared first co-authorship). Link to article
Gianotti, L.R.R.*, Dahinden, F.M.*, Baumgartner, T. & Knoch, D. (2018). Understanding Individual Differences in Domain-General Prosociality: A Resting EEG Study. Brain Topography. (*shared first co-authorship). Link to article
Gianotti, L.R.R.*, Nash, K.*, Baumgartner, T., Dahinden, F.M. & Knoch, D. (2018). Neural signatures of different behavioral types in fairness norm compliance. Scientific reports. (*shared first co-authorship). Link to article
Saulin, A.*, Baumgartner, T.*, Gianotti, L.R.R., Hofmann, W. & Knoch, D. (2018). Frequency of helping friends and helping strangers is explained by different neural signatures. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience. (*shared first co-authorship). Link to article
Gianotti, L.R.R.*, Lobmaier, J.S.*, Calluso, C. Dahinden, F.M., Knoch, D. (2017). Theta resting EEG in TPJ/pSTS is associated with individual differences in the feeling of being looked at. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1-8. (*shared first co-authership). 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 TopographyLink 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.
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). Link to article.
Nash, K., Gianotti, L.R.R., Knoch, D. (2015). A neural trait approach to exploring individual differences in social preferences. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 87-96. Link to article.
Faber, P.L, Lehmann, D., Gianotti, L.R.R., Milz, P., Pascual-Marqui, R.D., Held, M., Kochi, K. (2015). Zazen meditation and no-task resting EEG compared with LORETA intracortical source localization. Cognitive Processing, 16, 87-96.
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. (*equal first authorship).
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.
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.
Schiller*, B., Gianotti*, L R 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. (*equal first autorship).
Gianotti, L., Figner, B., Ebstein, R., & 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, 54.
Schlegel, F., Lehmann, D., Faber, P L., Milz, P., & Gianotti, L R R. (2012). EEG Microstates During Resting Represent Personality Differences. Brain Topography, 25, 20-26.
Langer, N., Pedroni, A., Gianotti, L R R., Hänggi, J., Knoch, D., & Jäncke, L. (2012). Functional brain network efficiency predicts intelligence.Human Brain Mapping, 33, 1393–1406.
Knoch*, D., Gianotti*, L., & Baumgartner, T. & Fehr, E. (2010). A neural marker of costly punishment behavior. Psychological Science, 21, 337-342. (*equal first autorship).
Eisenegger*, C., Knoch*, D., Ebstein, R., Gianotti, L., Sándor, P., & Fehr, E. (2010). Dopamine Receptor D4 Polymorphism Predicts the Effect of L-DOPA on Gambling Behavior.Biological Psychiatry, 67, 702-706. (*equal first autorship).
Gianotti*, L., Knoch*, D., Faber, P., Lehmann, D., Pascual-Marqui, R., Diezi, C., Schoch, C., Eisenegger, C., & Fehr, E. (2009). Tonic activity level in the right prefrontal cortex predicts individuals' risk taking. Psychological Science, 20, 33-38. (*equal first autorship).
Tei, S., Faber, P L., Lehmann, D., Tsujiuchi, T., Kumano, H., Pascual-Marqui, R D., Gianotti, L R R., & Kochi, K. (2009). Meditators and non-meditators: EEG source imaging during resting. Brain Topography, 22, 158-165.
Gianotti, L R R., Faber, P L., Schuler, M., Pascual-Marqui, R D., Kochi, K., & Lehmann, D. (2008). First valence, then arousal: the temporal dynamics of brain electric activity evoked by emotional stimuli. Brain Topography, 20, 143-156.
Gianotti, L R R., Künig, G., Faber, P L., Lehmann, D., Pascual-Marqui, R D., Kochi, K., & Schreiter-Gasser, U. (2008). Rivastigmine effects on EEG spectra and three-dimensional LORETA functional imaging in Alzheimer's disease. Psychopharmacology, 198, 323-332.
Gianotti, L., Faber, P., Pascual-Marqui, R., Kochi, K., & Lehmann, D. (2007). Processing of positive versus negative emotional words is incorporated in anterior versus posterior brain areas: an ERP microstate LORETA study.Chaos and Complexity Letter, 2, 189-211.
Gianotti, L R R., Künig, G., Lehmann, D., Faber, P L., Pascual-Marqui, R D., Kochi, K., & Schreiter-Gasser, U. (2007). Correlation between disease severity and brain electric LORETA tomography in Alzheimer's disease.Clinical Neurophysiology : Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, 118, 186-196.
Katayama, H., Gianotti, L R R., Isotani, T., Faber, P L., Sasada, K., Kinoshita, T., & Lehmann, D. (2007). Classes of multichannel EEG microstates in light and deep hypnotic conditions. Brain Topography, 20, 7-14.
Knoch, D., Gianotti, L., 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. Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 6469-6472.
Lehmann, D., Faber, P L., Gianotti, L R R., Kochi, K., & Pascual-Marqui, R D. (2006). Coherence and phase locking in the scalp EEG and between LORETA model sources, and microstates as putative mechanisms of brain temporo-spatial functional organization. Journal of Physiology, Paris, 99, 29-36.
Knoch, D., Gianotti, L., Mohr, C., & Brugger, P. (2005). Synesthesia: when colors count. Brain Research,25, 372-374.
Brugger, P., Knoch, D., Mohr, C., & Gianotti, L. (2004). Is digit-color synaesthesia strictly unidirectional? Preliminary evidence for an implicitly colored number space in three synaesthetes. Acta Neuropsychologica, 2, 252-258.
Strelets, V., Faber, P L., Golikova, J., Novototsky-Vlasov, V., Koenig, T., Gianotti, L R R., Gruzelier, J H., & Lehmann, D. (2003). Chronic schizophrenics with positive symptomatology have shortened EEG microstate durations.Clinical Neurophysiology : Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, 114, 2043-2051.
Gianotti, L R., Mohr, C., Pizzagalli, D., Lehmann, D., & Brugger, P. (2001). Associative processing and paranormal belief. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 55, 595-603.
Lehmann, D., Faber, P L., Achermann, P., Jeanmonod, D., Gianotti, L R., & Pizzagalli, D. (2001). Brain sources of EEG gamma frequency during volitionally meditation-induced, altered states of consciousness, and experience of the self. Psychiatry Research, 108, 111-121.
Lehmann, D., Faber, P., Gianotti, L., & Isotani, T. (2001). Source locations of EEG frequency bands during hypnotic arm levitation: a pilot study.Contemporary Hypnosis, 18, 120-127.
Mohr, C., Graves, R E., Gianotti, L R., Pizzagalli, D., & Brugger, P. (2001). Loose but normal: a semantic association study. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 30, 475-483.
Pizzagalli, D., Lehmann, D., Gianotti, L., Koenig, T., Tanaka, H., Wackermann, J., & Brugger, P. (2000). Brain Electric Correlates of Extreme Attitudes towards Paranormal Phenomena: Intracerebral EEG Source and Regional Omega Complexity Analyses. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 100, 139-154.

Aufsätze in Sammelbänden

Koukkou, M., & Gianotti, L. (2004). Die Plastizitaet der Hirnfunktionen und die Genese des intrapsychischen Konflikts. In Giampieri-Deutsch, P. (Eds.), Psychoanalyse im Dialog der Wissenschaften. Band 2: Anglo-amerikanische Perspektiven (pp. 248-294). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
Gianotti, L., Faber, P., & Lehmann, D. (2002). EEG source locations after guessed random events in believers and skeptics of paranormal phenomena. In Yamazaki, K., & Hirata, K. (Eds.), Recent Advances in Human Brain Mapping (pp. 439-442). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Education and Degrees

Dr. phil. [Ph.D.] Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Diploma [M.S.] in Clinical Psychology, Neurophysiology, Psychopathology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Academic Positions

2014 - present
Senior research scientist at the Department of Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland
2009 - 2014
Senior research scientist at the Social and Affective Neuroscience, Dept. of Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland
Acting coordinator and senior research scientist at the KEY Institute for Brain-Mind Research, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Scientific researcher (Post-Doc) at the KEY Institute for Brain-Mind Research, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Research assistant, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Doctoral student, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Clinical assistant, Schlaflabor Fluntern, Zurich, Switzerland