Selected publications

Selected papers

Hein G, Engelmann JB, Vollberg M., & Tobler PN (2016).
How learning shapes the empathic brain.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
, 113, 80-85.

Hein G, Morishima Y, Sul S, Leiberg S & Fehr E. (2016).
The brain’s functional architecture reveals human motives.
, 351, 1074-1078.

Hein G, Engelmann JB, Tobler PN (2018).
Pain relief provided by an outgroup member enhances analgesia.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 285, 20180501.

Gründahl M, Deckert J, Hein G (2020).
Three questions to consider before using ecological momentary interventions (EMI) in psychiatry.
Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 333.

Qi Y, Herrmann M J, Bell L, Fackler A, Han S, Deckert J, Hein G (2020).
The mere physical presence of another person reduces human autonomic responses to aversive sounds.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 287: 20192241.

Gründahl M, Retzlaff L, Herrmann M, Andreatta M*, Hein G* (2021).
The skin conductance response indicating pain relief is independent of self or social influence on pain.
Psychophysiology, 59, e13978.

Hein G*, Gamer M*, Gall D, Gründahl M, Domschke K, Andreatta M, Wieser MJ, Pauli P (2021).
Social cognitive factors outweigh negative emotionality in predicting Covid-19 related safety behavior.
Preventive Medicine Reports, 24, 101559.

Kang P, Burke CJ, Tobler PN*, Hein G* (2021).
Why we learn less from observing outgroups.
Journal of Neuroscience,41, 144-152.

Qi Y, Bruch D, Krop P, Herrmann MJ, Latoschik ME, Deckert J, Hein G (2021).
Social buffering of human fear is shaped by gender, social concern and the presence of real vs virtual agents.
Translational Psychiatry, 11, 641.

Saulin A, Horn U, Lotze M, Kaiser J,  Hein G (2021).
The neural computation of human prosocial choices in complex motivational states.
NeuroImage, 247, 118827.

Gründahl M, Weiß M, Maier L, Hewig J, Deckert J, Hein G (2022). Construction and validation of a scale to measure loneliness and isolation during social distancing and its effect on mental health. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13.


Iotzov V, Saulin A, Kaiser J, Han S, Hein G (2021).
Financial incentives facilitate the neural computation of prosocial decisions stronger in low empathic individuals.
bioRxiv, March 23.

Zhou Y#, Lindström B#, Soutschek A, Kang P, Tobler PN*, Hein G* (2021)
Learning form ingroup experiences changes intergroup impressions.
bioRxiv, November 4.

Selected book chapters

Hein G, Qi Y & Han S (2021). The biological foundations and modulation of empathy. In P.M.A.van Lange, E.T. Higgins, A.W. Kruglanski (eds.), Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles (Third Edition). New York: The Guilford Press, pp. 127-140.

Hein G, & Saulin A (2020). Empathie bei Mensch und Tier. In U. Lüke, G. Souvignier (eds), Der Mensch – ein Tier. Und sonst? Interdisziplinäre Annäherungen. Verlag Herder, Freiburg.

Hein G (2018). Neurowissenschaftliche Sozialpsychologie oder Soziale Neurowissenschaften. In O. Decker (ed.), Sozialpsychologie und Sozialtheorie, Band 1: Zugänge. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 189-202.

Hein G (2013). Empathy and resilience in a connected world. In M. Kent, M.C. Davis, J.W. Reich (eds.), The resilience handbook: approaches to stress and trauma. Routledge: New York/London, pp. 144-155.

Singer T, &  Hein G (2012).Human empathy through the lens of psychology and social neuroscience. In F.B.M. de Waal & P.F. Ferrari (eds.), The primate mind, pp. 158-174, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. See book review in Nature (2012), 482, 158.