Postal address:
Universitätsklinik Würzburg
Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie
Translationale Soziale Neurowissenschaften
Dipl. Psych. Dipl. Phys. Anne Saulin
Margarete-Höppel-Platz 1
D – 97080 Würzburg

Email: Saulin_A[at]
Tel.: +49 931 77540
Room: 175

Research Interest

I am interested in the neural bases of prosocial behavior. By adopting a neuro-computational approach and applying mathematical modelling techniques, I want to understand what neural and behavioral processes foster or hinder prosocial behavior. In this vein, I use different neural (fMRI, EEG) and behavioral (mouse-tracking, experience sampling, reaction time experiments) methods.


In my current project, I investigate the interplay of different prosocial motives combining functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and drift-diffusion modelling. Specifically, I am interested in how the two prosocial motives empathy (sharing another person’s feeling) and reciprocity (returning a favor) interact and how these interactions shape neural circuitries of prosocial decision-making processes.


Since 2017 University Hospital Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
PhD student and Fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Grit Hein

08/2017 – 05/2018 Parental leave

2015 –2016 University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Research associate (with Prof. Dr. Daria Knoch)

2009 – 2014 University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Diploma studies in psychology (Thesis with Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leuthold)

08/2010 - 04/2011 Yale University, New Haven, USA
Visiting Graduate Student at the Department of Psychology (with Prof. Dr. Jeremy Gray)


*Saulin, A., *Baumgartner, T., Gianotti, L. R., Hofmann, W., & Knoch, D.(2019). Frequency of helping friends and helping strangers is explained by different neural signatures. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.
*equal contribution

*Calluso, C., *Saulin, A., Baumgartner, T., & Knoch, D. (2018). Distinct patterns of cognitive conflict dynamic of promise keepers and promise breakers. Frontiers in psychology.
*equal contribution

Baumgartner, T., Saulin, A., Hein, G., & Knoch, D. (2016). Structural differences in insular cortex reflect vicarious injustice sensititivty. PLOS One.

Saulin, A., Savli, M., & Lanzenberger, R. (2012). Serotonin and molecular neuroimaging in humans using PET. Amino Acids.


Since 2017 PhD Scholarship awarded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

2014 Travel Grant awarded by the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

2011 Erasmus+ funding for labvisit at the NeuroImaging lab (University Hospital Vienna) awarded by the Erasmus program