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You make me feel so... Understanding Interaffectivity (NG 103)

Principal Investigator:

This junior research group aims at investigating interaffectivity, i.e., emotions that emerge from social interaction. Special consideration will be given to self-referred emotion mechanisms, bodily and musical influences as well as the effects of group parameters on interaffectivity.

Contrary to Descarte’s dualism of mind and body, modern concepts postulate mulidirectional relationships between emotion, cognition, and bodily sensation. Despite those new conceptions, however, the understanding of interaffectivity is fragmentary because information from different disciplines has yet to be intergrated. The junior research group aims at bringing together in the context of three projects divergent branches of research on interaffectivity from the humanities, social sciences, psychology, and neurosciences.

To this end we seek to ascertain modulating effects of self-referred emotion mechanisms such as emotion regulation or emotion expression on interaffectivity. Moreover, the relationships between bodily states and artistic practices in dance and music will be characterized. Project 3 will focus on the influence of group parametres such as shared goals, level of cohesion, and ingroup-outgroup evaluation on emotions that emerge from social interaction. A long-term goal of this research is to contribute to the development of more holistic intervention strategies to promote interaffective competency among individuals with and without psychiatric conditions that involve deviations in empathy and interaffectivity such as autism and borderline personality disorder.


Behrends, A., Müller, S., Dziobek, I. (2012). Moving in and out of synchrony: A concept for a new intervention fostering empathy through interactional movement and dance. The Arts in Psychotherapy 39 (2). 107-116. doi: 10.1016/j.aip.2012.02.003.

Dziobek, I., Bölte, S. (2011). Neuropsychologische Modelle von Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen: Behaviorale Evidenz und neuro-funktionale Korrelate. Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie Psychotherapie.

Dziobek, I., Köhne, S. (2011). Bildgebung bei Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen: Eine Übersicht. Der Nervenarzt.

Dziobek, I., Preissler, S., Grozdanovic, Z., Heuser, I., Heekeren, H. R., Roepke, S. (2011). Neuronal Correlates of Altered Empathy and Social Cognition in Borderline Personality Disorder. NeuroImage 57 (2). 539-548.

Kirchner, J. C., Hatri, A., Heekeren, H. R., Dziobek, I. (2011). Autistic symptomatology, face processing abilities, and eye fixation patterns. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 41 (2). 158-167. PMID: 20503068.

Montag, C., Dziobek, I., Richter, I. S., Neuhaus, K., Heekeren, H. R., Heinz, A., Gallinat, J. (2011). Different aspects of theory of mind in paranoid schizophrenia: Evidence from a video-based assessment. Psychiatry Research 186 (2-3). 203-209.

Dziobek, I., Bahnemann, M., Convit, A., Heekeren, H. R. (2010). Neuropsychological and neuroanatomical evidence for social perceptive and social cognitive impairments in adults with Asperger syndrome. Archives of General Psychiatry 67 (4). 397-405.

Poustka, L., Rehm, A., Holtmann, M., Bock, M., Böhmert, C., Dziobek, I. (2010). Dissoziation von kognitiver und affektiver Empathie bei Jugendlichen mit Autismus-Spektrum-Störung. Kindheit und Entwicklung 19 (3). 1-7.

Ritter, K., Dziobek, I., Preissler, S., Vater, A., Rüter, A., Lammers, C. H., Heekeren, H. R., Roepke, S. (2010). Lack of empathy in patients with narcissistic personality disorder. Psychiatry Research 187 (1-2). 241-247.

Bölte, S., Dziobek, I., Poustka, F. (2009). The level and nature of autistic intelligence revisited. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 39 (4). 678-682.

Beste, C., Dziobek, I., Hielscher, H., Willemseen, R., Falkenstein, M. (2009). Effects of stimulus-response compatibility on inhibitory processes in Parkinson's disease. European Journal of Neuroscience 29 (4). 855-860.

Smeets, T., Dziobek, I., Wolf, O. (2009). Social cognition under stress: Differential effects of stress-induced cortisol elevations in healthy young men and women. Hormones and Behavior 55. 507–513.

Dziobek, I., Rogers, K., Fleck, S., Bahnemann, M., Heekeren, H. R., Wolf, O. T., Convit, A. (2008). Dissociation of cognitive and emotional empathy in adults with Asperger syndrome using the Multifaceted Empathy Test (MET). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 38 (3). 464-473.

Hassenstab, J., Dziobek, I., Rogers, K., Wolf, O. T., Convit, A. (2007). Knowing What Others Know, Feeling What Others Feel: A Controlled Study of Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Psychotherapists. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 195 (4). 277-281.

Rogers, K., Dziobek, I., Hassenstab, J., Wolf, O. T., Convit, A. (2007). Who cares? Revisiting empathy in Asperger syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 37 (4). 709-715.

Dziobek, I., Fleck, S., Kalbe, E., Rogers, K., Hassenstab, J., Brand, M., Kessler, J., Woike, J., Wolf, O. T., Convit, A. (2006). Introducing MASC: A Movie for the Assessment of Social Cognition. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 36 (5). 623-636.

Dziobek, I., Rogers, K., Fleck, S., Wolf, O. T., Convit, A. (2006). The 'amygdala theory of autism' revisited: linking structure to behaviors. Neuropsychologia 44 (10). 1891-1899.

Dziobek, I., Rogers, K., Fleck, S., Hassenstab, J., Gold, S., Wolf, O. T., Convit, A. (2005). In search of "master mindreaders": Are psychics superior in reading the language of the eyes?. Brain and Cognition 58 (2). 240-244.