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WEBPAGE: https://olgaklimecki.com/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxH-Oiqz-14

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TEXTS:

http://www.centerforempathy.org/malleable-emotions

Affective Science Newsletter 4 (3), 2015 on Role of Emotions in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution: http://www.affective-sciences.org/newsletter


Dr. Olga Klimecki, Ph. D.
University of Geneva

Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
University of Geneva 
Campus Biotech
9, Chemin des Mines
CH - 1202 Geneva


Please note that this webpage is no longer updated. More recent information can be found at: www.olgaklimecki.com

 

I am a psychologist and neuroscientist interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that shape our social emotions in adaptive ways. In this endeavor, I combine methods from psychology, neuroscience, and economy.

Jointly with Prof. David Sander, I am coordinating a research focus on the role of emotions in conflict resolution at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva, Switzerland):

https://www.affective-sciences.org/research/topics/specific-research-projects/emotions-and-conflict/

I am also the leader of the workpackage Emotion in the European project Medit-Ageing (deputy of the workpackage Emotion: Prof. Dr. Patrik Vuilleumier; main coordinator of Medit-Ageing: Dr. Gaël Chetelat). In our workpackage, we are investigating how mental health and well-being can be promoted through mental training in the ageing population. Our particular focus is on the role of emotions, their malleability and their underlying brain function:

https://www.affective-sciences.org/index.php?cID=1253

In my doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Tania Singer (2007-2012), I investigated neural, behavioral, and emotional plasticity induced by training social emotions like compassion and empathy with meditation-based techniques. The results of these longitudinal studies in adults provided evidence for the plasticity of social emotions spanning the levels of neural function, emotional resilience, and helping behavior.

I extended this line of research to aggressive behavior with a BRIDGE/Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Geneva from 2013 – 2015.


Peer reviewed articles

In press

Marchant, N.L., Barnhofer, T.*, Klimecki, O.*, et al. (2018). Study protocol for a multi-centre randomized superiority study to compare the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention versus health education on mental health and wellbeing in individuals with Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD): the SCD-Well trial. BMC Psychiatry. *Co- second authorship

2018

Klimecki, O.M., Sander, D., Vuilleumier, P. (2018). Distinct brain areas involved in anger versus punishment during social interactions. In press at Scientific Reports.

Chételat, G., Lutz, A., Arenaza-Urquijo, E., Collette, F., Klimecki, O., Marchant, N. (2018) Why could meditation practice help promote mental health and well-being in ageing? Alzheimer's Research & Therapy.

Mayer, S., Jusyte, A., Klimecki-Lenz, O., Schönenberg, M. (2018). Empathy and altruistic behavior in antisocial violent offenders with psychopathic traits. Psychiatry Research.

2016

Klimecki, O.M., Mayer, S.V., Jusyte, A., Scheeff, J., Schönenberg, M. (2016). Empathy promotes altruistic behavior in economic interactions. Scientific Reports, 6, 31961.

Klimecki, O.M., Vuilleumier, P., Sander, D. (2016). The impact of emotions and empathy-related traits on punishment behavior: Introduction and Validation of the Inequality Game. PLoS One, 11(3): e0151028

2015

Klimecki, O.M. (2015) The Plasticity of Social Emotions. Social Neuroscience. 15, 1-8.

2014

Bernhardt, B.*, Klimecki, O.*, Leiberg, S., Singer T. (2014). Structural Covariance Networks of the Dorsal Anterior Insula Predict Females’ Individual Differences in Empathic Responding. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2189-98. (* shared first authorship)

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Ricard, M., Singer, T. (2014). Differential Pattern of Functional Brain Plasticity after Compassion and Empathy Training. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 873–879

Singer, T. & Klimecki, O. M. (2014). Empathy and Compassion. Current Biology.

2013

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., Singer, T. (2013). Functional neural plasticity and associated changes in positive affect after compassion training. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 1552–1561.

2012

Gamer, M., Klimecki, O., Bauermann, T., Stoeter, P., Vossel G. (2012). fMRI-activation patterns in the detection of concealed information rely on memory-related effects. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 7, 506-515.

2011

Leiberg, S., Klimecki, O., & Singer, T. (2011). Short-term compassion training increases prosocial behavior in a newly developed prosocial game. PLoS One.

Chapters

2017

Klimecki, O.M., Singer, T. (2017). The Compassionate Brain. In J.R. Doty, M. Worline, E. Simon-Thomas, D. Cameron and S. Brown (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Compassion Science. Oxford University Press.

Bogacz, F., Klimecki, O.M. (2017). How do emotions impact conflicts? A neuroscientific perspective. In B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, P. Wilson and S. Croucher (Eds.). Approaches to Conflict: Theoretical, Interpersonal, and Discursive Dynamics. Lexington Books.

2016

Klimecki, O. (2016). Mehr Mitgefühl. Gehirn und Geist. 2/2016, 52-57.

Klimecki, O. (2016). Malleable Emotions. Insight for Webpage of Center for Empathy in International Affairs. http://www.centerforempathy.org/malleable-emotions/

2015

Klimecki, O. (2015). Plastizität im sozialen Gehirn – wie wir unsere Emotionen trainieren können. (Plasticity in the social brain - how we can train our emotions.) In: H. Fink and R. Rosenzweig (Eds.) Das soziale Gehirn - Neurowissenschaft und menschliche Bindung. Münster: Mentis.

Klimecki, O., & Singer, T. (2015). Compassion. In: A.W. Toga (Ed.) Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. San Diego: Elsevier.



2014

Klimecki, O. (2014). Emotionales Verstehen. Die Rolle von Empathie und Mitgefühl. (Emotional Understanding. The role of empathy and compassion) In: S. Schulte (Ed.) ach so verstehen wir. Interdisziplinäre Gespräche übers Verstehen. Münster: Waxmann Verlag.

2013

Klimecki, O., Ricard, M., & Singer, T., (2013). Empathy versus Compassion – Lessons from 1st and 3rd Person Methods. In: T. Singer & M. Bolz (Eds.) Compassion: From Theory, to Training, to Neuroscience. A Mutlimedia Book.

Klimecki, O., & Singer, T. (2013). Empathy from the perspective of social neuroscience. In: J. Armony & P. Vuilleumier (Eds.), Handbook of Human Affective Neuroscience. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2012

Klimecki, O., & Singer, T. (2012). Empathic distress fatigue rather than compassion fatigue? Integrating findings from empathy research in psychology and social neuroscience. In B. Oakley, A.Knafo, G. Madhavan, & D. S. Wilson (Eds.), Pathological altruism (pp. 368-383). New York: Oxford University Press.

Oral communications

2016

Klimecki, O. (2016) Shaping the Social Brain for Cooperation. Invited talk at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2016). Neuroscience of Conflict. Invited talk at the course on Neuro-Philosophy of Global Security: Governance, Geopolitics, and Leadership, Geneva Centre for Security Policy Geneva, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O (2013). Empathie et Compassion (Empathy and Compassion). Course for the "Haute école de travail social et de la santé", Lausanne, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2016). Multidisciplinary Approaches to Governance: Contributions of Neurosciences. Invited talk at the professional seminar on “Water Security: Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships”, Geneva Centre for Security Policy Geneva, Switzerland

Mayer, S., Jusyte, A., Klimecki, O., & Schönenberg, M. (2016) Empathic competencies and prosocial behavior in healthy individuals compared with antisocial violent offenders. Symposium presentation at the Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (Conference on Experimental Psychology), Mannheim, Germany.

2015

Klimecki, O. (2015). The Role of Empathy in Social Interactions - a Tale of Two Systems. Invited talk for the Colloquium Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience, University of Bern, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2015). How Can Affective Sciences Contribute To Conflict Resolution And Peacebuilding? Invited talk for the Mediator Breakfast of the Chambre Suisse de Médiation Commerciale, Geneva, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2015). The influence of empathy-related emotions on social behavior. Invited talk at University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Klimecki, O. (2015). Shaping the Social Brain for Cooperation. Invited talk at Centre of Research of the Brain & Spine Institute, Hôpital de la Salpetrière, Paris, France.

Klimecki, O. (2015) Contributions to Conflict Resolution from Affective Sciences. Invited talk at Interpeace, Geneva, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O.M. (2015) Konflikt oder Kooperation? Wie das soziale Gehirn unser Verhalten prägt. (Conflict or Cooperation? How the Social Brain Shapes our Behavior). Symposium Talk at 28. Jahrestagung des Symposiums Friedenspsychologie, Marburg, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2015) Empathy and Social Behavior. Invited talk at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2015) ”Konflikt oder Kooperation? Menschliches Sozialverhalten aus neuropsychologischer Sicht“ (Conflict or Cooperation? Human Social Behavior from a neuroscientific point of view) for the Studium Generale on the Evolution of Cooperation at the University of Mainz, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2015) “Empathie und Compassion: Eine neurobiologisch fundierte Perspektive“ (Empathy or Compassion: a neurobiological perspective) for the Psychosomatisches Dienstagskolloquium, Fortbildung (Psychosomatic Kolloquium on Tuesdays, advanced training) at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2015) Opposing influence of empathic concern and empathic distress on conflict behavior. Talk at the symposium “The Role of Emotions in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution” at the International Society for Research on Emotion, Geneva, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2015) Conflict or Cooperation? - How can emotions shape our behavior. Keynote talk at the conference "conflict matters" in Brussels, Belgium.

2014

Klimecki, O. (2014). Plasticity of Social Emotions. Early career award talk at Society for Social Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC, USA.

Klimecki, O. (2014). Plastizität im sozialen Gehirn – Wie wir unsere Emotionen trainieren können. (Plasticity in the social brain – how we can train our emotions) Invited talk at meeting „Das soziale Gehirn“ (The social brain) in Fürth, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2014). Plasticity of the Social Brain. Invited talk at Person Perception Workshop in Jena, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2014). Plasticity of Empathy and Compassion – a Neuropsychological Perspective Keynote lecture at the Workshop of Interpersonal Accuracy in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2014). Surmonter la souffrance par l'entraînement de la compassion. (Overcoming suffering through compassion training.) Talk for the Red Cross Exhibition “Trop Humain”, Geneva, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2014) Einführung in Empathie, Mitgefühl und Achtsamkeit. (Introduction to Empathy, Compassion and Mindfulness). Invited talk at Bundesgeschäftsführertagung der Waldorfschulen, Berlin, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2014). S'entraîner à l'empathie ou à la compassion ? Une perspective neuropsychologique. (Training empathy or compassion? A neuropsychological perspective.) Invited talk at Association Neuchâteloise d’Accueil et d’Action Psychiatrique, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

2013

Klimecki, O. (2013). How can Empathy contribute to Social Problem Solving? Invited talk at Research Seminar in Person Perception in Jena, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2013). Emotionales Verstehen – Empathie und Mitgefühl in neurowissenschaftlicher Sicht. Invited talk at the Meeting “ach so verstehen wir” (this is how we understand) in Münster, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2013). Training Compassion – Effects on Behavior, Experience and Brain Function. Symposium talk at the 13. Biannual Congress of the Swiss Psychological Society in Basel, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2013). Differentielle neuronale und affektive Plastizitaet nach Empathie- und Mitgefuehlstraining. (Differential neural and affective plasticity after empathy and compassion training) Symposium talk at the conference Psychologie und Gehirn (Psychology and Brain), Wuerzburg, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2013). Neuronale Plastizität von Meditation. (Neural Plasticity of Meditation) Invited talk at the Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie und funktionelle Bildgebung (German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging) in Leipzig, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2013). The Zurich Prosocial Game and Compassion Training. Invited talk in the Bavelier Lab, Faculty of Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2013). Differential Pattern of Functional Brain Plasticity after Compassion and Empathy Training. Symposium talk at the Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting, Champery, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O. (2013). Overcoming Empathic Distress. Invited talk at Conference on “Humanitarian Workers: Personal Ethics, Psychology, and Lifestyle” in Oxford, UK.

2012

Klimecki, O. (2012). The neuroscience of empathy. Invited keynote talk at Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference, London, UK.

Klimecki, O. (2012). Plasticity in the Compassionate Brain. Symposium talk at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, USA.

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., & Singer, T. (2012). Evidence for neural plasticity and associated changes in positive affect after compassion training. Symposium talk at the Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (Conference on Experimental Psychology), Mannheim, Germany.

Klimecki, O. (2012). The neuroscience of empathy and compassion. Invited keynote talk at Youth Gathering preceding Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference, London, UK.

Klimecki, O. (2012) Können wir unser emotionales Gehirn trainieren? (Can we train our emotional brain?) Science Slam during the Long Night of Science) Leipzig, Germany. (Winning presentation)

2011

Klimecki, O. (2011). Compassion vs. empathic distress and memory training as an active control group. Talk presented at the workshop "How to Train Compassion", organized by Max-Planck Institute Leipzig, taking place in Berlin, Germany.

Posters

2017

Cernadas Curotto, P., Vetois, M., Bogacz, F., & Klimecki, O. (2017, October). Factors that lead to conflict escalation and interventions that promote conflict resolution. Poster presented at the Open Day of United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Cernadas Curotto, P., Barsics, C., Klimecki, O., Sander, D., D’Argembeau, A., & Van der Linden, M. (2017, October). The influence of future thinking on prosocial behavior. Poster presented at the Workshop of Understanding Others- Integration of Social Cognitive and Affective Processes, Jena, Germany.

2015

Gyger, L., Vuilleumier, P., Sander, D., & Klimecki, O. (2015). Neural substrates of anger and forgiveness behavior. Poster presented at the Brain and Behavior Lab / Centre d'imagerie biomédicale Research Day, Geneva, Switzerland.

Gyger, L., Vuilleumier, P., Sander, D., & Klimecki, O. (2015). Neural substrates of anger and forgiveness behavior. Poster presented at the 14th congress of the Swiss Psychological Society, Geneva, Switzerland.

2014

Klimecki, O., Vuilleumier, P., & Sander, D. (2014). Introducing the inequality Game. Poster presented at Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting, Champery, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O., Vuilleumier, P., & Sander, D. (2014). Introducing the Inequality Game. Poster presented at Annual Research Forum, Geneva, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O., Vuilleumier, P., & Sander, D. (2014). Emotions and actions in response to unfair behavior. Poster presented at Consortium of European Research on Emotion Conference, Berlin, Germany.

2013

Klimecki, O., Vuilleumier, P., & Sander, D. (2013). The Unfair Game - A new paradigm to test emotional and behavioral reactions to injustice. Poster presented at the Symposium on Stress, Brain and Behavior, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Ricard, M., & Singer, T. (2013). First and third person perspective on training empathy and compassion. Poster presented at the Summer School “Embodied Intersubjectivity: from the 1st person to the 2nd person perspective”, Aegina, Greece.

Bernhardt, B.C., Klimecki, O.M., Leiberg, S, & Singer, T. (2013). Structural Covariance Networks of Dorsal Anterior Insula Predict Individual Differences in Empathic Responding. Poster presented at Human Brain Mapping, Seattle, USA.

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Ricard, M., & Singer, T. (2013). First and third person perspective on training empathy and compassion. Poster presented at Cortex, Lyon, France.

2012

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., & Singer, T. (2012). Functional neural plasticity and associated changes in positive affect after compassion training. Poster presented at Social & Affective Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, New York, USA.

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., & Singer, T. (2012). Neural and behavioral changes related to compassion training. Poster presented at Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting, Champery, Switzerland.

2011

Klimecki, O., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., & Singer, T. (2011). Neural and behavioral changes related to compassion training. Poster presented at the workshop “The Social Brain", organized by MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

2010

Leiberg, S., Clos, M., Sorger, B., Klimecki, O., Goebel, R., & Singer, T. (2010). Effects of real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) neurofeedback from the ventral striatum in compassion meditation training. Poster presented at the “Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting”, Champery, Switzerland.

Leiberg, S., Clos, M., Sorger, B., Klimecki, O., Goebel, R., & Singer, T. (2010). Effects of real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) neurofeedback from the ventral striatum in compassion meditation training. Poster presented at the Human Brain Mapping Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

2009

Gamer, M., Klimecki, O., & Vossel, G. (2009). Emotionale Modulation des Gedächtnisses im Tatwissentest. (Emotional modulation of memory in the guilty knowledge test) Poster presented at the 35. Arbeitstagung Psychophysiologie und Methodik, Leipzig, Germany.

2008

Leiberg, S., Klimecki, O., & Singer, T. (2008). Training compassion with real-time Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging - First Insights. Poster presented at the International Symposium "Foundations of Human Social Behavior", University of Zurich, Switzerland.

2007

Gamer, M., Klimecki, O., Bauermann, T., Stoeter, P., & Vossel, G. (2007). Relevanz von Reaktionskonflikten und Gedächtnisprozessen bei der Verarbeitung verheimlichten Wissens. Poster presented at the conference Psychologie und Gehirn (Psychology and Brain), Germany.