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Dr. Ryan Murray, Ph. D.
University of Geneva

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

Campus Biotech
CISA - University of Geneva
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CH - 1211 Genève 20

I studied psychology at Boston College (Massachusetts, United States), for which I received my bachelor's degree in 2003.  In 2004, I worked with children affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the University of California, Irvine where I assisted in research investigating the behavioral outcomes of pharmacological intervention targeting ADHD. In 2005, I received a US Fulbright scholarship to investigate the eye gaze behavior of children and adolescents demonstrating autistic and schizotypal traits at the Office Médico-Pédagogique (Geneva, Switzerland) under the supervision of Professor Stephan Eliez.  In 2007, I received a Davis Projects for Peace Award to co-develop and implement a peer-mentoring program for at-risk adolescents in Pristina, Kosovo. Subsequently, I studied neuroscience at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) where I received a Master of Science in Neuroscience in 2012.  I also hold a complementary bachelor and master in psychology (University of Geneva, Switzerland).

Currently, I am pursuing my doctoral degree under the supervision of Professor David Sander, in collaboration with Professor Tobias Brosch. My present research centers on the neural networks associated with the attribution and appraisal of subjective relevance, particularly in relation to one's individual goals within healthy populations. Complementary research areas include (1) discerning the structural and functional neural underpinnings of the development and maintenance of cognitive-affective models of self, others, and social value and (2) psychopathologies related to social cognition and self- and other-processing, such as autism, social anxiety disorder and schizophrenia. Neural regions of special focus include the amygdala, pregenual anterior cingulate, medial orbitofrontal cortex and striatum.

Peer reviewed articles


Kalisch, R., Baker, D.G., Basten, U., Boks, M.P., Bonanno, G.A., Brummelman, B., Chmitorz, A., Fernàndez, G., Fiebach, C.J., Galatzer-Levy, I., Geuze, E., Groppa, S., Helmreich, I., Hendler, T., Hermans, E.J., Jovanovic, T., Kubiak, T., Lieb, K., Lutz, B., Müller, M.B., Murray, R.J., Nievergelt, C.M., Reif, A., Roelofs, K., Rutten B.P.F., Sander, D., Schick, A., Tüscher, O., Van Diest, I., van Harmelen, A.-L., Veer, I.M., Vermetten, E., H. Vinkers, C.H., Wager, T.D., Walter, H., Wessa, M., Wibral, M., & Kleim, B. (2017). The resilience framework as a strategy to combat stress- related disorders: current challenges and future perspectives. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 784–790. doi:10.1038/s41562-017-0200-8


Murray, R.J., Debbane, M., Fox, P.T., Bzdok, D., Eickhoff, S.B. (2015). Functional connectivity mapping of regions associated with self- and other-processing. Human Brain Mapping, 36: 1304-1324; doi: 10.1002/hbm.22703

Murray, R.J., Gerrans, P., Brosch, T., Sander, D. (2015). When at rest: ‘event-free’ active inference may give rise to implicit self-models of coping potential [commentary]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 41-42.


Murray, R.J., Brosch, T., Sander, D. (2014). The functional profile of the human amygdala in affective processing: insights from intracranial recordings. Cortex, 60; 10-33; doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.06.010.


Murray, R.J., Schaer, M., Debbané M. (2012) Degrees of separation: A quantitative neuroimaging meta-analysis investigating self-specificity and shared neural activation between self- and other-reflection. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36(3):1043-1059; doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2011.12.013


Debbané, M.; Murray, R.; Damsa, C.; Cocchi, L; Glaser, B.; Eliez, S. (2010). Visual processing of dynamic social stimuli in children and adolescents with autistic traits. Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence, 58, 463-468.


Debbané, M., Murray, R.J., Glaser, B., & Eliez, S. (2006). Social cognition in velo-cardio-facial syndrome [abstract]. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 50:784-784

Oral communications


Murray, R.J., Brosch, T., Kutlikova, H., & Sander D. (2015 | June) The Appraising Brain: the amygdala detects individual concern-relevance. Symposium presentation at the 2015 International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Geneva, Switzerland, June 8-10, 2015


Murray, R.J. (2014 | Aug). Investigating the neural networks of self-reflection: a coordinate-based meta-analysis delineating functional and intrinsic connectivity of the pregenual anterior cingulate. Presentation given at INM-1 Seminar at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine. Jülich Research Centre, Jülich, Germany. 06 August 2014.


Murray, R.J.; Delplanque, S.; Grandjean, D. (2013 | Aug) Unpleasant emotion induction increases interoceptive awareness: a study using cardiac measures & heartbeat-evoked potentials. Presentation at the 2013 International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Berkeley CA, United States, August 3-5, 2013.


Debbané, M.; Murray, R.; Glaser, B.; Eliez, S. (2006 | Oct) Social Cognition in Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome. Research presented by Prof. Debbané at Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes (SSBP); Dublin, Ireland, 19-20 October 2006

Murray, R.; Debbané M.; Glaser, B.; Eliez, S. (2006 | July) Social Cognition: In the Eye of the Beholder. Research presented and abstract published at 12th annual International Scientific Meeting of the VCFS Educational Foundation, Inc, hosted by the Educational Foundation in Strasbourg, France.



Guex, R., Bértolo C.M., Moratti, S., Strange, B., Sander D., Murray, R.J., Spinelli, L., Seeck, M., Vuilleumier, P., Dominguez-Borràs, J. (2016 | March). Amygdala responses to emotion and goal relevance as revealed by intracranial EEG. Poster presented by Dr. Judith Dominguez-Borràs at Annual Research Forum hosted by the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR), Affective Sciences; Geneva; 3-4 March 2016


Murray, R.J.; Debbané, M.; Fox P.T. Bzdok, D.; Eickhoff, S. (2014 | Oct) Investigating the neural networks of self- and other reflection: a coordinate-based meta-analysis delineating functional and intrinsic connectivity of the pregenual anterior cingulate and ventral precuneus. Poster to presented at the Social Brain Conference, hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS); Copenhagen; 5-8 October 2014


Murray, R.J.; Debbané, M.; Bzdok, D.; Eickhoff, S. (2013 | May) Connecting the Self: Networks of the Conceptual Self and Other delineated via Coordinate-Based Meta- Analytic Modeling and Resting-State Analysis. Poster to be presented at 2nd biannual conference on the Implications of Research on the Neuroscience of Affect, Attachment and Social Cognition, hosted by the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, in Association with the Anna Freud Centre; 18-19 May 2013


Murray, R.J.; Schaer, M.; Debbané, M. (2011 | May) Where the I ends and the other begins. A quantitative neuroimaging meta-analysis. Poster presented at 1st biannual conference on the Implications of Research on the Neuroscience of Affect, Attachment and Social Cognition, hosted by the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, in Association with the Anna Freud Centre; 7-8 May 2011

Conference Proceedings


Murray, R.; Debbané M.; Glaser, B.; Eliez, S. (2006 | June) VCFS and Social Referencing: An Eye-Tracking Study. Abstract published in annual journal of 9th Psychiatric Research Symposium of Cantons Vaud & Geneva, Switzerland.