Key Publications

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.

Hein, G, Morishima, Y, Sul, S, Leiberg, S & Fehr, E. (2016). The brain’s functional architecture reveals human motives. Science, 351, 1074-1078.
• selected as “Perspectives” article in the ‘Insights’ section of Science, Gluth & Fontanesi (2016), 351, 1028

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.

Peer-reviewed articles

Luo, S, Zhang, T, Li, W, Yu, M, Hein, G & Han, S (2019). Interactions between oxytocin receptor gene and intergroup relationship on empathic neural responses to others’ pain. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, Epub ahead of print.

Windmann, S & Hein, G (2018). Altruism from the perspective of the social neuroscience. Neuroforum, 24, 11-18.

Baumgartner, T, Saulin, A, Hein, G & Knoch, D (2016). Structural differences in insular cortex reflect vicarious injustice insensitivity. Plos One, 11, e0167538.

Sul, S., Tobler, PN, Hein, G, Leiberg, S., Jung, D., Fehr, E., & Kim, H. (2015). Spatial gradient in other-regarding value representation along the medial prefrontal cortex predicts individual differences in altruism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 7851-7856.

Engelmann, JB & Hein, G (2013). Contextual and social influences on valuation and choice. Progress in Brain Research, 202, 215-237.

Hein, G, Lamm C, Brodbeck C, Singer T (2011). Skin conductance response to the pain of others predicts later costly helping. PLoS One, 6, e22759.
• recommended by The Faculty of 1000, Iriki A: F1000 Recommendation of [Hein G et al., PLoS ONE 2011, 6(8):e22759]. Faculty of 1000, 26 Sep 2011.

Hein, G, Silani, G, Preuschoff, K, Batson, CD, Singer, T (2010). Neural responses to ingroup and outgroup members’ suffering predict individual differences in costly helping. Neuron, 68, 149-160.
• selected as “Research Highlight“ in Nature (2010), 467, 754.
• recommended by The Faculty of 1000, Masuda N: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Hein G et al., Neuron 2010, 68(1):149-60]. In F1000Prime, 18 Feb 2015.

Naumer, MJ, Ratz, L, Yalachkov, Y, Polony, A, Doehrmann, O, van de Ven, V, Müller, NG., Kaiser, J, & Hein, G (2010). Visuo-haptic convergence in a corticocerebellar network. European Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 1730-1736.

Naumer, MJ, Doehrmann O, Müller NG, Kaiser J, Muckli L, & Hein, G (2008). Learning-induced cortical plasticity of audio-visual object representations. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 1641-53.

Hein, G, & Singer, T (2008). I feel how you feel but not always: The Empathic Brain and its Modulation. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 18, 153-158.

Hein, G, Fuhrmann Alpert, G, Tsai, N, Naumer, M.J, & Knight, RT (2008). Temporal characteristics of audiovisual information flow. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 5344-5349.
• selected as “Journal Club” article in the Journal of Neuroscience, Liang et al. (2008), 28, 8861-8862.

Hein, G, & Knight, RT (2008). Superior temporal sulcus – It’s my area: Or is it? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12, 2125-2136.
• recommended by The Faculty of 1000, Scott S: F1000 Recommendation of [Hein G and Knight RT, J Cogn Neurosci 2008, 20(12):2125-36]. Faculty of 1000, 23 May 2008.

Hein, G, Alink, A, Kleinschmidt, A, & Mueller, NG (2008). The attentional blink modulates activity in early visual cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 197-206

Hein, G, Alink, A, Kleinschmidt, A & Müller, NG (2007). Competing neural responses for auditory and visual decisions. PloS One, 28,e320.

Hein, G, Doehrmann O, Müller NG, Kaiser J, Muckli L, & Naumer MJ (2007) Object familiarity and semantic congruency modulate responses in cortical audiovisual integration areas. Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 7881-7887.

Hein, G, Parr, A, & Duncan, J (2006).Within modality and cross modality attentional blinks in a simple discrimination task. Perception and Psychophysics, 68, 54-61.

Hein, G, Schubert, T, & von Cramon, DY (2005). Closed-head injury and perceptual processing in dual-task situations. Experimental Brain Research, 160, 223-234.

Hein, G, & Schubert, T (2004). Aging and input processing in dual-task situations. Psychology and Aging, 19, 416-432.

Friederici, AD, Kotz, SA, Werheid. K, Hein, G, & von Cramon, DY (2003). Syntactic comprehension in Parkinson’s disease: investigating early automatic and late integrational processes using event-related brain potentials. Neuropsychology, 17, 133-142.


Books and Book chapters

Hein, G, Qi, Y & Han, S (in press). 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. The Guilford Press.

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.

Hein, G (2011). Glück in den Neurowissenschaften: Was zeigen bildgebende Verfahren? In D. Thomä, C. Henning, O.Mitcherlich (eds.), Glück: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch, pp. 374-383, Stuttgart: Metzler.

Hein, G & Singer, T (2009). Neuroscience meets social psychology: an integrative approach to human empathy and prosocial behavior. M. Mikulincer, & P.R. Shaver (eds). Prosocial Motives, Emotions, and Behavior. The better Angels of Our Nature, pp. 109–125. Washington DC: APA press.

Hein, G, & Henning, C (2007). Wahrnehmung im Gehirn – über Limits, Optimierung und ihre Implikationen für die Neuroökonomie. In B. Priddat (ed.), Neuroökonomie: neue Theorien zu Konsum, Marketing und emotionalem Verhalten in der Ökonomie, pp. 109-123, Marburg, Metropolis.


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