Dr. Thomas Baumgartner


I investigate the foundations of human emotional and social behavior using a multi-method and interdisciplinary approach combining theories, paradigms, and techniques from disciplines as varied as neuroscience (e.g., functional and structural MRI, TMS, combined TMS-fMRI, EEG), social psychology (e.g., questionnaires, social stress paradigms), psychobiology (e.g., hormonal and autonomic measures), and economics (e.g., game theoretic paradigms such as the ultimatum, trust and prisoner?s dilemma games).

Kognitive Neurowissenschaften, Verhaltensneurobiologie

Master in Psychologie, Pathopsychologie und Neurophysiologie


Position / Tätigkeit:
Wissenschaftlicher Oberassistent


Publikationen in Fachjournalen

Ausgewählte Publikationen:

Baumgartner, T., Schiller, B., Rieskamp, J., Gianotti, L. Knoch, D. (2013). Diminishing parochialism in intergroup conflict by disrupting the right temporo-parietal junction. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Baumgartner, T., Gianotti, L., Knoch, D. (2013). Who is honest and why: Baseline activation in anterior insula predicts inter-individual differences in deceptive behavior. Biological Psychology, 94, 192-197.

Baumgartner, T., Schiller, B., Hill, C., Knoch, D. (2013). Impartiality in humans is predicted by brain structure of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex. Neuroimage, 81, 317-324.

Baumgartner, T., Knoch, D., Hotz, P., Eisenegger, C., Fehr, E. (2011). Dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex orchestrate normative choice. Nature Neuroscience.

Baumgartner, T., Götte, L., Gügler, R., Fehr, E. (2011). The mentalizing network orchestrates the impact of parochial altruism on social norm enforcement. Human Brain Mapping.

Baumgartner, T., Fischbacher, U., Feierabend, A., Lutz, K., & Fehr, E. (2009). The Neural Circuitry of a Broken Promise. Neuron, 64, 756-770.

Baumgartner, T., Heinrichs, M., Vonlanthen, A., Fischbacher, U. & Fehr, E. (2008). Oxytocin Shapes the Neural Circuitry of Trust and Trust Adaption in Humans. Neuron, 58, 639-650.

Baumgartner, T., Speck, D., Wettstein, D., Masnari, O., Beeli, G., Jäncke, L. (2008). Feeling present in arousing virtual reality worlds: prefrontal brain regions differentially orchestrate presence experience in adults and children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,, 2, 1-12.

Publikationen in den Medien

Ausgewählte Publikationen:

Scientific American: To trust or not to trust: Ask Oxytocin

Science Online: The Neurochemistry of Forgiving and Forgetting

Scientific American: Can a Brain Scan Predict a Broken Promise?

Swiss Info: Brain scans could detect future criminals

Universität Bern


Institut für Psychologie / Sozialpsychologie und soziale Neurowissenschaften

Kognitive Neurowissenschaften, Verhaltensneurobiologie

Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern

+41 (0)31 631 4001