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Bastian Schiller, Ph.D.


 Department of Psychology
 Laboratory for Biological Psychology,
 Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
 Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
 Stefan-Meier-Strasse 8
 D-79104 Freiburg i. Br.
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 Office:  3rd Floor, Room 03-010
 Telephone:  +49-(0)761-203-97741
 E-Mail: bastian.schiller@psychologie.uni-freiburg.de
 Office hours:  By arrangement


Research and Work Focuses

  • Psychobiological foundations of (dysfunctional) social interactions
  • Psychobiological foundations of (dysfunctional) social interactions in digital environments
  • Face-to-face eye gaze behavior in (dysfunctional) social interactions
  • Mechanisms of augmentative psychobiological treatment approaches (e.g. intranasal oxytocin administration, deep brain stimulation)
  • Psychological and psychobiological foundations of self-control



  • Tönsing, D.*, Schiller, B.*, Vehlen, A., Spenthof, I., Domes, G., Heinrichs, M. (2022).
    No evidence that gaze anxiety predicts gaze avoidance behavior during face-to-face social interaction.          Scientific Reports * equal contribution
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  • Lott, L. L.*, Spengler F. B.*, Stächele, T., Schiller, B., Heinrichs, M. (2022).
    EmBody/EmFace as a new open tool to assess emotion recognition from body and face expressions.
    Scientific Reports
    * equal contribution
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  • Kleinert, T., Nash, K., Leota, J., Koenig, T., Heinrichs, M., Schiller, B. (2022).
    A self-controlled mind is reflected by stable mental processing.

    Psychological Science.

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  • Kilian, H.*, Schiller, B.*, Schläpfer, T. E., Heinrichs, M. (2022).
    Impaired socio-affective, but intact socio-cognitive skills in patients with treatment-resistant, recurrent depression.

    Journal of Psychiatric Research
    * equal contribution

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  • Brustkern, J., Heinrichs, M., Walker, M., Schiller, B. (2021).
    Facial threat affects trust more strongly than facial attractiveness in women than it does in men.

    Scientific Reports.
    doi: 10.1038/S41598-021-01775-5
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  • Schiller, B., Tönsing, D., Kleinert, T., Böhm, R., Heinrichs, M. (2021)
    Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Nationwide Lockdown on Mental Health, Environmental Concern, and Prejudice Against Other Social Groups.
    Environment and Behavior. doi: 10.1177/00139165211036991
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  • Schiller, B., Heinrichs, M., Beste, C., Stock, A.-K. (2021)
    Acute alcohol intoxication modulates the temporal dynamics of resting electroencephalography networks.
    Addiction Biology. doi: 10.1111/adb.13034
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  • Schiller, B., Domes, G., Heinrichs, M. (2020)
    Oxytocin changes behavior and spatio-temporal brain dynamics underlying inter-group conflict in humans
    European Neuropsychopharmacology. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2019.12.109
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  • Schiller, B., Kleinert, T., Teige-Mocigemba, S., Klauer, K. C., Heinrichs,M. (2020)
    Temporal dynamics of resting EEG networks are associated with prosociality
    Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-69999-5
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  • Kleinert, T., Schiller, B., Fischbacher, U., Grigutsch, L.-A., Koranyi, N., Rothermund, K., Heinrichs, M. (2020)
    The Trust Game for Couples (TfC): a new standardized paradigm to assess trust in romantic relationships
    PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230776
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  • Schiller, B., Koenig, T., Heinrichs, M. (2019)
    Oxytocin modulates the temporal dynamics of resting EEG networks
    Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-49636-6
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  • Schiller, B.*, Gianotti, L. 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. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsz007 * equal contribution
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  • Schiller, B.*, Gianotti, L. R.*, Baumgartner, T., Nash, K., Koenig, T., Knoch, D. (2016)
    Clocking the social mind by identifying mental processes in the IAT with electrical neuroimaging
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1515828113.
    * equal contribution.
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  • Schiller, B.*, Baumgartner, T.*, & Knoch, D. (2014)
    Intergroup bias in third-party punishment stems from both ingroup favoritism and outgroup discrimination
    Evolution & Human Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2013.12.006. * equal contribution.
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  • Schiller, B.*, Gianotti, L. R.*, Nash, K., & Knoch, D. (2013)
    Individual differences in inhibitory control--relationship between baseline activation in lateral PFC and an electrophysiological index of response inhibition
    Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht095. * equal contribution.
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  • Baumgartner, T.*, Schiller, B.*, Rieskamp, J., Gianotti, L. R., & Knoch, D. (2013)
    Diminishing parochialism in intergroup conflict by disrupting the right temporo-parietal junction
    Social Cognitive and  Affective Neuroscience. doi:10.1093/scan/nst023. * equal contribution.
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  • Baumgartner, T., Schiller, B., Hill, C., & Knoch, D. (2013)
    Impartiality in humans is predicted by brain structure of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex
    Neuroimage, 81C, 317-324.
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  • 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.
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  • Schiller, B., & Knoch, D. (2012)
    Neuronales Bremspedal
    Gehirn & Geist, 1/2012. Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Heidelberg.


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