ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Johanna Kissler

Assoiate Fellow

Foto Affective Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, &
Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC),
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: johanna.kissler@uni-bielefeld.de


Johanna Kissler studied Psychology (major) and linguistics (minor) at the University of Regensburg (Diploma 1996). She was a Fulbright Fellow at the Psychophysiology and Experimental Psychopathology lab at the University of California, San Diego (1996-1997) and obtained a PhD from the University of Konstanz (2002) in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology, followed by a Post-Doc in Neurolinguistics (2002-2003), also at the University of Konstanz. From 2003 to 2011 she was a Junior Professor in Clinical Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at Konstanz and an interim professor of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology in Magdeburg in 2010. Since the fall of 2011 she is a professor of General Psychology and Affective Neuropsychology at Bielefeld University. She serves on the editorial boards of BMC Psychology, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biological Psychology.

Current Main Research Interests

Johanna Kissler's primary research interests are in the fields of affective and social neuroscience. In her research, she uses a wide range of physiology and behavior methods to investigate 'typical' people in various age groups, as well as individuals with psychological or neurologic disorders, with the aim of providing a comprehensive account of mechanisms of emotion and communication in humans. This work guides the implementation of similar processes in technical systems as well as the application of technical systems to facilitate communication in special populations. A current focus lies on the effects of simple feature and context manipulations on the neural processing of social and affective stimuli.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Schindler, S., Kruse, O., Stark, R., & Kissler, J. (2018). Attributed social context and emotional content recruit frontal and limbic brain regions during virtual feedback processing. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-14.
  • Schindler, S., Zell, E., Botsch, M., & Kissler, J. (2017). Differential effects of face-realism and emotion on event-related brain potentials and their implications for the uncanny valley theory. Scientific reports, 7, 45003.
  • Wegrzyn, M., Vogt, M., Kireclioglu, B., Schneider, J., & Kissler, J. (2017). Mapping the emotional face. How individual face parts contribute to successful emotion recognition. PloS one, 12(5), e0177239.
  • Schindler, S., Wegrzyn, M., Steppacher, I., & Kissler, J. (2015). Perceived communicative context and emotional content amplify visual word processing in the fusiform gyrus. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(15), 6010-6019.
  • Wegrzyn, M., Riehle, M., Labudda, K., Woermann, F., Baumgartner, F., Pollmann, S., Bien, C. G., & Kissler, J. (2015). Investigating the brain basis of facial expression perception using multi-voxel pattern analysis. Cortex, 69, 131-140.