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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Philipp Kanske

Research focus

  • Bipolar and depressive disorders
  • Affect (dys-)regulation
  • Social cognition and social behavior
  • Transdiagnostic markers of mental health vulnerability
  • Neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG)

​Official position 

Chair of Clinical Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Director of the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy [from 01 October 2020 on]


Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden

Business address 

Chemnitzer Str. 46
01187 Dresden

Academic education and degrees


M.Sc. in Psychology, University of Oregon, USA


​Diploma in Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden


Dr. rer nat., University of Leipzig  (summa cum laude)


License as psychological Psychotherapist (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)


Habilitation, University of Heidelberg, Germany


Professional career

​2009 - 2011

PostDoc at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Institute of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, Mannheim

​2011 - 2012

Research staff at the University of Heidelberg, University Hospital Heidelberg, Section Experimental Psychopathology and Imaging, Heidelberg

​2012 - 2017

Group leader "Psychopathology of the Social Brain" in the Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

​Since 2017

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Technische Universität Dresden

​Since 2017

Research associate, Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

​Since 2020

Director of the Institute of Clinical Psychology an Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden


Honors, awards and positions


Werner-Straub-Prize of the Department of Psychology at Technische Universität Dresden


Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society


Young Investigator Award of the German Society for Psychophysiology and its Application


„Rising Star” of the Association for Psychological Science


Young Investigator Award of the European Brain and Behaviour Society


Lilly Young Investigator Fellowship in Bipolar Disorder at the International Conference on Bipolar Disorder

​2015 - 2020

Member and  Speaker (2019-2020) of the Young Academy at the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award of the German Research Foundation

​Since 2019

Member of the Forum for Health Research of the Federal Ministry for Science and Education (BMBF)


Current journal editorial positions

Since 2017

​Cognitionand Emotion, Associate Editor

Since 2017

Scientific Reports, Editorial Board Member

Since 2017

Frontiers in Psychiatry – Social Cognition, Associate Editor


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of: 78, SCOPUS h-index: 25)

  1. Schurz M, Radua J, Tholen MG, Maliske L, Margulies DS … Kanske P. Towards a Hierarchical Model of Social Cognition: A Neuroimaging Meta-Analysis and Integrative Review on Empathy and Theory of Mind. Psychological Bulletin. in press.

  2. Tholen MG, Trautwein FM, Böckler A, Singer T, Kanske P. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) item analysis of empathy and theory of mind. Human Brain Mapping. 2020;41:2611-2628.

  3. Trautwein FM, Singer T, Kanske P. Stimulus-driven reorienting impairs top-down control of attention: Evidence for a common bottleneck in anterior insula. Cerebral Cortex. 2016;26(11):4136-4147.

  4. Molenberghs P, Trautwein FM, Boeckler A, Singer T, Kanske P. Neural correlates of metacognitive ability and of feeling confident: A large scale fMRI study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2016;11(12):1942-1951.

  5. Kanske P, Böckler A, Trautwein FM, Parianen Leseman FH, Singer T. Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2016;11(9):1383-1392.

  6. Kanske P, Böckler A, Trautwein M, Singer T. Dissecting the social brain: Introducing the EmpaToM to reveal distinct neural networks and brain-behavior relations for empathy and Theory of Mind. NeuroImage. 2015;122:6-19.

  7. Kanske P, Schönfelder S, Forneck J, Wessa M. Impaired regulation of emotion: Neural correlates of reappraisal and distraction in bipolar disorder and unaffected relatives. Translational Psychiatry. 2015;5:e497.

  8. Kanske P, Heissler J,Schönfelder S, Forneck J, Wessa M. Neural correlates of emotional distractibility in bipolar disorder, unaffected relatives and individuals with hypomanic personality. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2013;170(12):1487-1496.

  9. Kanske P, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Wessa M. Neural correlates of emotion regulation deficits in remitted depression: the influence of regulation strategy, habitual regulation use, and emotional valence. Neuroimage, 2012;61(3):686-693.

  10. Kanske P, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Bongers A, Wessa M. How to regulate emotion? Neural networks for reappraisal and distraction. Cerebral Cortex. 2011;21(6):1379-1388.

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