Professur für Biologische und Soziale Emotionspsychologie



2013 Habilitation für das Fach Psychologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg
2006 Promotion in Psychologie, Universität Genf
2001 Diplom (mit Auszeichnung) in Psychologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg
1996 – 2001 Studium der Psychologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg Orientierung: Klinische Psychologie
Forschungsorientierte Vertiefung: Differenzielle Psychologie und Psychophysiologie

Beruflicher Werdegang

Seit 2015

Assistenzprofessur, Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie und

Neuropsychologie, Institut für Psychologie, Universität Bern
Seit 2014 Privatdozentin, Abteilung Allgemeine und Biologische Psychologie
Philipps-Universität Marburg
2009 – 2014

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin mit Ambizione-Förderung, Swiss 

Center for Affective Sciences, Universität Genf
2006 – 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
Dept. of Psychology, University of Chicago
2001 – 2006

Doktorandin und wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Geneva Emotion 

Research Group, Fakultät für Psychologie und 
Erziehungswissenschaften, Universität Genf
  • Biologische Grundlagen von Optimismus und Optimismusbias
  • Kognitive und soziale Einflussfaktoren auf Optimismus
  • Biologische Grundlagen emotionsrelevanter Verzerrungen in der Informationsverarbeitung (Aufmerksamkeitsbias, Erwartungsbias); positive und negative Emotionen; klinische und nicht-klinische Populationen
  • Kausaler Zusammenhang unterschiedlicher  emotionsrelevanter Verzerrungen in der Informationsverarbeitung
  • Psychophysiologische Emotionsspezifität
  • Mütterliche posttraumatische Belastungsstörung und Mutter-Kind-Interaktion; neurale, epigenetische und behaviorale Auffälligkeiten

Zeitschriftenartikel (mit peer-review)

Kress, L., & Aue, T. (in press). The link between optimism bias and attention bias: A neurocognitive perspective. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.

Schechter, D. S., Moser, D. A., Pointet, V., Aue, T., Stenz, L., Paoloni-Giacobino, A., . . .  Dayer, A. G. (in press). Maternal PTSD and corresponding neural activity mediate effects of child exposure to violence on child PTSD symptoms. Plos One.

Lichtenstein-Vidne, L., Okon-Singer, H., Cohen, N., Todder, D., Aue, T., Nemets, B., & Henik, A. (2017). Attentional bias in anxiety and depression: The impact of emotional and non-emotional distracting information. Biological Psychology, 122, 4-12.

Okon-Singer, H., & Aue, T. (2017). Neurocognitive mechanisms modulating attention bias in anxiety: Current perspectives. Biological Psychology, 122, 1-3

Schechter, D. S., Moser, D. A., Pointet, V., Aue, T., Stenz, L., Paoloni-Giacobino, A., . . .  Dayer, A. G. (2017). The association of serotonin receptor 3A methylation with maternal violence exposure, neural activity, and child aggression. Behavioural Brain Research, 325, 268-277.

Aue, T., Chauvigné, L. A. S., Bristle, M., Okon-Singer, H., & Guex, R. (2016). Expectancy influences on attention to threat are only weak and transient: Behavioral and physiological evidence. Biological Psychology, 121, 173-186.

Aue, T., & Okon-Singer, H. (2016). What characterizes and determines threat-related biases in fear and anxiety? Biological Psychology, 121, 125-127.

Aue, T., Hoeppli, M. E., Piguet, C., Hofstetter, C., Rieger, S. W., & Vuilleumier, P. (2015). Brain systems underlying expectancy bias in spider phobia. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 15, 335-348.

Aue, T., & Okon-Singer, H. (2015). Expectancy biases in fear and anxiety and their link to biases in attention. Clinical Psychology Review, 42, 83-95.

Moser, D. A., Aue, T., Suardi, F., Kutlikova, H., Cordero, M. I., Sancho Rossignol, A., . . . Schechter, D. S. (2015). Violence-related PTSD and neural activation when seeing emotionally charged male-female interactions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 645-653.

Moser, D. A., Aue, T., Suardi, F., Sancho Rossignol, A., Manini, A., . . . Schechter, D. S. (2015). The relation of general socio-emotional processing to parenting specific behavior: A study of mothers with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Psychology.

Schechter, D. S., Moser, D. A., Giacobino, A., Stenz, L., Gex-Fabry, M., Aue, T., . . . Rusconi Serpa, S. (2015). Methylation of NR3C1 is related to maternal PTSD, parenting stress and maternal medial prefrontal cortical activity in response to child separation among mothers with histories of violence exposure. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 690.

Aue, T. (2014). I feel good – whether my friends win or my foes lose: Brain mechanisms underlying feeling similarity.Neuropsychologia, 60, 159-167.

Aue, T., Guex, R., Chauvigné, L. A. S., & Okon-Singer, H. (2013). Varying expectancies and the attention bias in phobic and nonphobic individuals. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 418.

Aue T., Hoeppli, M. E., Piguet, C., Sterpenich, V., & Vuilleumier, P. (2013). Visual avoidance in phobia: Particularities in neural activity, autonomic responding, and cognitive risk evaluations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 194.

Aue, T., & Scherer, K. R. (2013). Facilitation of arm movements by their outcome desirability. Social Science Information, 54, 471-485.

Moser, D. A., Aue, T., Wang, Z., Rusconi Serpa, S., Favez, N., Peterson, B. S., & Schechter, D. S. (2013). Limbic brain responses in mothers with post-traumatic stress disorder and comorbid dissociation to video clips of their children. Stress, 16, 493-502.

Aue, T., & Hoeppli, M. E. (2012). Evidence for an encounter expectancy bias in fear of spiders. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 727-736.

Aue, T., Hoeppli, M. E., & Piguet, C. (2012). The sensitivity of physiological measures to phobic and non-phobic fear intensity.Journal of Psychophysiology, 26, 154-167.

Aue, T., Nusbaum, H. C., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2012). Neural correlates of wishful thinking. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 991-1000.

Aue, T., Cuny, C., Sander, D., & Grandjean, D. (2011). Peripheral responses to attended and unattended angry prosody: A dichotic listening paradigm. Psychophysiology, 48, 385-392. 

Aue, T., & Scherer, K. R. (2011). Effects of intrinsic pleasantness and goal conduciveness appraisals on somatovisceral responding: Somewhat similar, but not identical. Biological Psychology, 68, 65-73.

Aue, T., Lavelle, L. A., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2009). Great expectations: What can fMRI tell us about psychological phenomena? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 73, 10-16.

Aue, T., & Scherer, K. R. (2008). Appraisal-driven somatovisceral response patterning: Effects of intrinsic pleasantness and goal conduciveness. Biological Psychology, 79, 158-164.

Aue, T., Flykt, A., & Scherer, K. R. (2007). First evidence for differential and sequential efferent effects of stimulus relevance and goal conduciveness appraisal. Biological Psychology, 74, 347-357.

Stemmler, G., Aue, T., & Wacker, J. (2007). Anger and fear: Separable effects of emotion and motivational direction on somatovisceral responses. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 66, 141-153.


Buchkapitel und Proceedings

Aue, T., & Vuilleumier, P. (2013). Gender and the affective brain: Neuroscientific perspectives. In I. M. Latu, M. Schmid Mast, & S. Kaiser (Eds.), Gender and emotion: An interdisciplinary perspective (pp. 93-112). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

Cacioppo, J. T., Berntson, G. G., & Aue, T. (2010). Social psychophysiology. In I. Weiner & E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini encyclopedia of psychology (4th ed., Vol. 4, pp. 1644-1645). New York, NY: Wiley.

Aue, T. (2009). Motivation et tendances à l’action [Motivation and action tendencies]. In D. Sander & K. R. Scherer (Eds.), Traité de psychologie de l’émotion (pp. 189-221). Paris, France: Dunod.

Aue, T. (2009). Psychophysiologie des émotions [Psychophysiology of emotions]. In D. Sander & K. R. Scherer (Eds.), Traité de psychologie de l’émotion (pp. 157-188). Paris, France: Dunod.

Aue, T., & Scherer, K. R. (2004). Intrinsic pleasantness and action tendencies. In A. H. Fischer (Ed.), First European CERE Conference on Emotion (pp. 30-31). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: University of Amsterdam Press.


Habilitationsschrift, Dissertation und Diplomarbeit

Aue, T. (2013). Sensitivität und Aussagekraft physiologischer Maße für Variationen in emotionsrelevanten psychologischen Prozessen [Sensitivity and explanatory power of physiological measures for variations in emotion-relevant psychological processes] (Unpublished habilitation thesis). Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

Aue, T. (2006). Linking different components of an emotion: The influence of intrinsic pleasantness and goal conduciveness appraisals on somatovisceral responding and motivational action preparation (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Aue, T. (2001). Individualspezifität: Transsituative Konsistenz physiologischer und psychologischer Reaktionen [Individual response specificity: Trans-situational consistency of physiological and psychological responses] (Unpublished diploma thesis). Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.