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Dr. Tobias Brosch
University of Geneva

Department of Psychology
University of Geneva
Office 5139
40, Boulevard du Pont d’Arve

CH - 1205 Geneva


I studied psychology at the University of Trier, Germany, and at the University of Canterbury, U.K. In 2005, I moved to Geneva to obtain a Ph.D. in psychology and affective sciences under the supervision of Klaus Scherer. From 2009 to 2011 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Elizabeth Phelps’ lab at New York University. In September 2011 I returned to the University of Geneva to work in David Sander’s lab, first as maître-assistant (lecturer) and now as maître d’enseignement et de recherche (senior lecturer) for affective psychology.

I study how emotions and affective processes help us understand our complex environment and make the right decisions. More concretely, I am pursuing several interrelated lines of research, investigating the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying emotion elicitation, the special role of emotional information in attention and perception, and the importance of values and emotions in decision-making. At a more applied level, I study how we can use affective processes to promote sustainable decisions and behaviors, especially with regards to energy efficiency.

My research integrates concepts and theories from emotion psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics with the methodological toolkit of cognitive neuroscience (behavioral measures such as response times and decisions, neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG, and neuropsychological lesion studies).


Peer reviewed articles

In press

Audrin, C., Brosch, T., Chanal, J., & Sander, D. (in press) When symbolism overtakes quality: Materialists consumers disregard product quality when faced with luxury brands. Journal of Economic Psychology.

2016

Pool, E.R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2016). Attentional bias for positive emotional stimuli: A meta-analytic investigation. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 79-106.

Pool, E.R., Sennwald, V., Delplanque, S., Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2016). Measuring wanting and liking from animals to humans: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 63, 124-142.

Sennwald, V., Pool., E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., Bianchi-Demicheli, F., & Sander, D. (2016). Emotional attention for erotic stimuli: Cognitive and brain mechanisms. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524, 1668-1675.

2015

Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2015). Stress increases cue-triggered "Wanting" for sweet reward in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 41(2), 128-136.

Burger, P., Bezençon, V., Bornemann, B., Brosch, T., Carabias-Hütter, V., Farsi, M., Hille, S. L., Moser, C., Ramseier, C., Samuel, R., Sander, D., Schmidt, S., Sohre, A., & Volland, B. (2015). Advances in understanding energy consumption behavior and the governance of its change - outline of an integrated framework. Frontiers in Energy Research, 3: 29.

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.

Stussi, Y., Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2015). Learning to fear depends on emotion and gaze interaction: The role of self-relevance in fear learning. Biological Psychology, 109, 232-238.

2014

Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2014). Appraising value: The role of universal core values and emotions in decision- making. Cortex, 59, 203-205.

Brosch, T., Patel, M. K., & Sander, D. (2014). Affective influences on energy-related decisions and behaviors. Frontiers in Energy Research, 2, 11.

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.

Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2014). Where is the chocolate? Rapid spatial orienting toward stimuli associated with primary rewards. Cognition, 130(3), 348-359.

2013

Brosch, T. (2013). On the role of appraisal processes in the construction of emotion. Emotion Review, 5, 369-373.

Brosch, T., Bar-David, E., & Phelps, E. A. (2013). Implicit race bias decreases the similarity of neural representations of black and white faces. Psychological Science, 24, 160-166.

Brosch, T., Schiller, D., Mojdehbakhsh, R., Uleman, J. S., & Phelps, E. A. (2013). Neural mechanisms underlying the integration of situational information into attribution outcomes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 640- 646.

Montagrin, A., Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2013). Goal-conduciveness as a key determinant of memory facilitation. Emotion, 13, 622-628.

Bombari, D., Schmid Mast, M., Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2013). How interpersonal power affects empathic accuracy: Differential roles of mentalizing versus mirroring? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 375.

Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2013). Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying value-based decision-making: From core values to economic value. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 398.

Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2013). The appraising brain: Towards a neuro-cognitive model of appraisal processes in emotion. Emotion Review, 5, 163-168.

Brosch. T., Scherer. K. R., Grandjean, D., & Sander, D. (2013). The impact of emotion on perception, attention, memory, and decision-making. Swiss Med Wkly. 2013;143:w13786.

2012

Brosch, T., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2012). The flexibility of emotional attention: Accessible social identities guide rapid attentional orienting. Cognition, 125, 309-316.

Cunningham, W.A. & Brosch, T. (2012). Motivational salience: Amygdala tuning from traits, needs, values, and goals. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 54-59.

Wieser, M. J., & Brosch, T. (2012). Faces in context: A review and systematization of contextual influences on affective face processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 471.

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2012). The importance of actions and the worth of an object: Dissociable neural systems representing core values and economic values. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 497-505. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsr036.

2011

Brosch, T., & Wieser, M. J. (2011). The (non)automaticity of amygdala responses to threat – On the issue of fast signals and slow measures. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 14451-2.

Brosch, T., Pourtois, G., Sander, D., & Vuilleumier, P. (2011). Additive effects of emotional, endogenous, and exogenous attention: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Neuropsychologia, 49, 1779-1787.

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Scherer, K. R., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2011). Generating value(s): Psychological value hierarchies reflect context dependent sensitivity of the reward system. Social Neuroscience, 6, 198-208.

2010

Brosch, T., Pourtois, G., & Sander, D. (2010). The perception and categorization of emotional stimuli: A review. Cognition and Emotion, 24(3), 377-400.

2009

Brosch, T., Grandjean, D., Sander, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2009). Cross-modal emotional attention: Affective prosody modulates early sensory stages of visual processing in the cross-modal dot probe task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(9), 1670–1679.

Scherer, K. R., & Brosch, T. (2009). Culture-specific appraisal biases contribute to emotion dispositions. European Journal of Personality, 23, 265-288.

2008

Brosch, T., Grandjean, D., Sander, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2008). Behold the voice of wrath: Cross-modal modulation of visual attention by anger prosody. Cognition, 106, 1497-1503.

Brosch, T., Sander, D., Pourtois, G., & Scherer, K. R. (2008). Beyond fear: Rapid spatial orienting towards emotional positive stimuli. Psychological Science, 19(4), 362-370.

2007

Brosch, T., Sander, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2007). That baby caught my eye... attention capture by infant faces. Emotion, 7(3), 685–689.

2005

Brosch, T., & Sharma, D. (2005). The role of fear-relevant stimuli in visual search: A comparison of phylogenetic and ontogenetic stimuli. Emotion, 5, 360-364.

2004

Helmstaedter, C., Brosch, T., Kurthen, M., & Elger, C. E. (2004). The impact of sex and language dominance on material-specific memory before and after left temporal lobe surgery. Brain, 127,1518-1525.

Chapters

2014

Brosch, T. (2014). Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of attentional prioritization in social interactions. In C. von Scheve, & M. Salmela (Eds.), Collective emotions: Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy, and Sociology (pp. 78-93). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2013

Brosch, T., & Grandjean, D. (2013). Cross-modal modulation of spatial attention by emotion. In T. Ethofer & P. Belin (Eds.), Integrating face and voice in person perception (pp. 207-223). Berlin: Springer

2012

Brosch, T. & Sander, D. (2012). Le rôle de l’amygdale dans l’émotion et la cognition sociale [The role of the amygdala in emotion and social cognition]. In P. Allain, G. Aubin, & D. Le Gall (Eds.), Cognition sociale et neuropsychologie (pp. 129-144). Marseille: Solal.

2010

Kreibig, S., Schaefer, G., & Brosch, T. (2010). Psychophysiological response patterning in emotion: Implications for affective computing. In K. R. Scherer, T. Bänziger & E. Roesch (Eds.), Blueprint for affective computing: A sourcebook (pp. 105-130). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009

Vuilleumier, P., & Brosch, T. (2009). Interactions of emotion and attention in perception. In M. S. Gazzaniga (Ed.), The Cognitive Neurosciences IV (pp. 925-934). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Brosch, T., & Scherer, K. R. (2009). Komponenten-Prozess-Modell – ein integratives Emotionsmodell [Component process model of emotion – an integrative model of emotion]. In V. Brandstätter & J. H. Otto (Eds.), Handbuch der Allgemeinen Psychologie: Motivation und Emotion (pp. 446-456). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

2008

Brosch, T., & Scherer, K. R. (2008). Plädoyer für das Komponenten-Prozess-Modell als theoretische Grundlage der experimentellen Emotionsforschung [A case for the component process model as theoretical starting point for experimental emotion research]. In: W. Janke, G. Debus, & M. Schmidt-Daffy (Eds.), Experimentelle Emotionspsychologie: Methodische Ansätze, Probleme und Ergebnisse (pp. 193-204). Lengerich: Pabst.

Oral communications

2015

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

2014

Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2014, October). Attentional bias for positive rewarding stimuli: A meta-analysis. Presentation at Brain Circuits for Positive Emotion, Ascona, Switzerland

2013

Brosch, T. (2013, September). The role of emotion in social perception and decision-making: Interdisciplinary approaches. Chaired symposium at the 13th Congress of the Swiss Psychological Society (SSP-SGP), Basle, Switzerland, September 11-12, 2013.

Brosch, T., Bar-David, E., & Phelps, E. A. (2013, September). Implicit race bias decreases the similarity of neural representations of black and white faces. Paper presented at the 13th Congress of the Swiss Psychological Society (SSP-SGP), Basle, Switzerland, September 11-12, 2013.

Brosch, T., Bar-David, E., & Phelps, E. A. (2013, August). Implicit race bias decreases the similarity of neural representations of black and white faces. Paper presented at the 2013 Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Berkeley, USA, August 3-5, 2013.

Brosch, T. (2013, August). Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying value-based decision-making: From core values to economic value. Paper presented at the preconference “New trends in appraisal research” at the 2013 Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Berkeley, USA, August 2, 2013.

Montagrin, A., Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2013, August). The goal relevance hypothesis of memory facilitation. Presentation at the 2013 International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE). Berkeley CA, United States.

Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2013, August). Attentional bias for primary reward: Evidence for a role of affective relevance. Presentation at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Berkley CA, USA.

2012

Brosch, T., Schiller, D., Mojdehbakhsh, R., Uleman, J. S., & Phelps, E. A. (2012, May). Neural systems underlying the fundamental attribution error and its consequences for person perception. Paper presented at the 1st Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Marseille, France, May 9-12, 2012.

2010

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Scherer, K. R., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2010, October). Generating Value(s): Psychological value hierarchies reflect context-dependent sensitivity of the reward system. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, Chicago, USA, October 29-31, 2010.

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Scherer, K. R., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2010, May). Psychological value hierarchies reflect context-dependent sensitivity of the reward system. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, USA, May 27-30, 2010.

2009

Brosch, T. (2009, August). What catches your eye? An appraisal theory perspective on the mechanisms of emotional attention. Paper presented at the 11th Congress of the Swiss Psychological Society, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, August 19-20, 2009.

2008

Brosch, T. (2008, July). Appraisal mechanisms and rapid attention deployment. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany, July 20-25, 2008.

2007

Brosch, T., Sander, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2007, September). That baby caught my eye…. Attention modulation by biologically relevant stimuli. Paper presented at the 10th Congress of the Swiss Society of Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland, September 13-14, 2007.

Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2007, July). Appraisal mechanisms and attention. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Geneva, Switzerland, July 9-12, 2007.

2006

Brosch, T., Sander, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2006, June). Looking for my baby. Attentional bias towards baby schemata in a dot probe task. Paper presented at the Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE), Bertinoro Emotions Workshop, Bertinoro, Italy, June 8-11, 2006.

Posters

2015

Sennwald, V., Pool, E., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., Bianchi-Demicheli, F., & Sander, D. (2015, July). The role of individuals' sexual concerns in wanting of a cue associated to a sexual reward. Poster presented at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference, Geneva, Switzerland.

Audrin, C., Brosch, T., Chanal., J., Sander, D. “Consumer decision-making: the importance of core values”; presented at the Alpin Brain Imaging, January 2015; Champéry, Switzerland.

2014

Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2014, January). Stress increases cue-induced ‘Wanting for reward. Poster presented at Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM), Champéry, Switzerland.

2013

Mumenthaler, C., Brosch, T., Sander, D., & Manstead, A. (2013, February). Shame on him: The impact of others’ appraisals on the perception of social emotions. Poster presented at Annual Research Forum (ARF), Geneva, Switzerland, February 21-22, 2013.

Audrin, C., Chanal, J., Brosch, T., Sander, D. “How materialism influences consumer behaviors”; presented at the Neuroeconomics Society, July 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Audrin, C., Chanal, J., Brosch, T., Sander, D. (2013). How materialism influences consumer behaviors. Poster presented at the 9th Society for Neuroeconomics Conference. Lausanne, Switzerland.

2012

Brosch, T., Schiller, D., Mojdehbakhsh, R., Uleman, J. S., & Phelps, E. A. (2012, April). Neural systems underlying the fundamental attribution error and its consequences for person perception. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, New York, USA, April 20-21, 2012.

Pool, E.R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2012, November). Where is the chocolate? Emotional attention towards reward-associated stimuli. Poster presented at the ERNI-HSF Science Meeting, Tübingen, Germany.

2010

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Scherer, K.R., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2010, October). Generating value(s): Psychological value hierarchies reflect context-dependent sensitivity of the reward system. Paper presented at the IV Annual Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS), Chicago, USA, October 29-31, 2010.

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Scherer, K. R., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2010, April). The warm glow of selfishness: High self-interest value is associated with increased striatal activation to reward. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting, Montreal, Canada, April 17-20, 2010.

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Scherer, K.R., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2010, April). The warm glow of selfishness: Self-interest value is associated with increased striatal activation to reward. Poster presented at the XVII Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Meeting, Montreal, Canada, April, 17-20, 2010.

Brosch, T., Coppin, G., Scherer, K.R., Schwartz, S., & Sander, D. (2010, May). Psychological value hierarchies reflect context-dependent sensitivity of the reward system. Paper presented at the XXII Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, USA, May 27-30, 2010.

2009

Brosch, T., Pourtois, G., Sander, D., Scherer, K. R., & Vuilleumier, P. (2009, August). Additive effects and interactions of emotional, endogenous, and exogenous attention mechanisms. Poster presented at the 2009 ISRE (International Society for Research on Emotion) Conference, Leuven, Belgium, August 6-8, 2009.

Coppin, G., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2009, August). Emotional learning is not restricted to fear learning: A positive conditioning paradigm to investigate relevance detection. Poster presented at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Leuven, Belgium, August 6-8, 2009.

2008

Brosch, T., Grandjean, D., Sander, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2008, April). Behold the voice of wrath: Emotional prosody modulates early visual processing. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting, San Francisco, United States, April 12-15, 2008.

2005

Brosch, T., Naumann, E., Hagemann, D., Seifert, J., & Bartussek, D. (2005, May) Searching for evolutionary threat: An ERP study. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the German Society for Psychophysiology and its Applications, Bochum, Germany, May 25-27, 2005.