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    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anne Böckler

    Research Interests

    • Social Cognition: Gaze processing, Empathy, Perspective taking, Thepor of Mind
    • Social Interaction: Prosocial behavior, Social exclusionProsoziales Verhalten, sozialer Ausschluss


    Click here to read more about the Emmy Noether-Group "More than meets the eye" headed by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anne Böckler-Raettig.



    Böckler-Raettig (2019). Theory of Mind. München: Ernst Reinhardt.

    Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals


    Breil, C. & Böckler, A. (2021). Look away to listen: The interplay of emotional context and eye contact in video conversations. Visual Cognition.


    Trautwein, F.-M., Kanske, P., Böckler, A., & Singer, T. (2020). Differential benefits of mental training types for attention, compassion, and theory of mind. Cognition, 194, 104039. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104039


    Lehmann, K., Maliske, L., Böckler, A., & Kanske, P. (in press). Social impairments in mental disorders: Recent developments in studying the mechanisms of interactive behavior. Clinical Psychology in Europe.

    Götz, F., Böckler, A., & Eder, A. (accepted). Low numbers from a low head? Effects of observed head orientation on numerical cognition. Psychological Research.

    Böckler, A. (2019). Why we share our cookies: Prosocial behavior from a psychological perspective. Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur.

    Riechelmann*, E., Weller*, L., Huestegge, L., Böckler, A., & Pfister, R. (2019). Revisiting intersubjective action-effect binding: No evidence for social moderators. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 81(6), 1991–2002. doi:10.3758/s13414-019-01715-6
           * contributed equally


    Böckler, A., Tusche, A., Schmidt, P., & Singer, T. (2018). Distinct mental trainings differentially enhance altruistically motivated, norm motivated, and self-reported prosocial behaviour. Scientific reports, 8(1), 13560.

    Lumma, A. L., Valk, S., Böckler, A., Vrticka, P., & Singer, T. (2018). Change in emotional self-concept following socio-cognitive training relates to structural plasticity of the prefrontal cortex. Brain and Behavior, 8(4).

    van der Wel, R., Welsh, T., & Böckler, A. (2018). Talking heads or talking eyes? Effects of head orientation and sudden onset gaze cues on attention capture. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-6.


    Valk, S. L., Bernhardt, B. C., Trautwein, F. M., Böckler, A., & Kanske, P., Guizard, N., ... & Singer, T. (2017). Structural plasticity of the social brain: Differential change after socio-affective and cognitive mental training. Science Advances, 3(10), e1700489.

    Böckler*, A., Herrmann*, L., Trautwein, F.-M., Holmes, T. & Singer, T. (2017). Know thy Selves: Learning to understand oneself increases the ability to understand others. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1-13.
           * contributed equally

    Böckler*, A., Sharifi*, M., Kanske, P., Dziobek, I., & Singer, T. (2017). Social decision making in narcissism: Reduced generosity and increased retaliation are driven by alterations in perspective-taking and anger. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 1-7.
           * contributed equally

    Lumma, A.-L., Böckler, A., Vrticka, P., & Singer, T. (2017). Who am I? Differential effects of three contemplative mental trainings on emotional word use in self-descriptions. Self and Identity, 16(5), 607–628.


    Huestegge, L., & Böckler, A. (2016). Out of the corner of the driver's eye: Peripheral processing of hazards in static traffic scenes. Journal of Vision, 16(2), 11-11.

    Molenberghs, P., Trautwein, F.-M., Böckler, A., Singer, T., & Kanske, P. (2016). Neural correlates of metacognitive ability and of feeling confident: A large scale fMRI study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nsw093.

    Bornemann, B., Kok, B. E., Böckler, A., & Singer, T. (2016). Helping from the heart: Voluntary up-regulation of heart rate variability predicts altruistic behavior. Biological Psychology, 119, 54-63.

    Böckler*, A., Kanske*, P., Trautwein, F. M., Lesemann, F. H. P., & Singer, T. (2016). Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nsw052.
               * contributed equally

    Valk, S., Bernhardt, B., Böckler, A., Kanske, P., & Singer, T. (2016). Substrates of metacognition on perception and metacognition on higher-order cognition relate to different subsystems of the mentalizing network. Human Brain Mapping, 37(10), 3388-3399.

    Tusche, A., Böckler, A., Kanske, P., Trautwein, F.-M., & Singer, T. (2016). Decoding the charitable brain: Empathy, perspective taking and attention shifts differentially predict altruistic giving. The Journal of Neuroscience, 36, 4719-4732.

    Böckler, A., Tusche, A., & Singer, T. (2016). The structure of human prosociality: Differentiating altruistically motivated, norm motivated, strategically motivated and self-reported prosocial behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(6), 530-541.

    Valk, S.L., Bernhardt, B., Böckler, A., Trautwein, F.-M., Kanske, P., & Singer, T. (2016). Socio-cognitive phenotypes differentially modulate large-scale structural covariance networks. Cerebral Cortex, bhv319.


    Böckler, A., van der Wel, R., & Welsh, T. (2015). Eyes only? Perceiving eye contact is neither sufficient nor necessary for attentional capture by face direction. Acta Psychologica, 160, 134-140.

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

    Böckler, A., Eskenazi, T., Sebanz, N., & Rueschemeyer, S.-A. (2015). (How) observed eye-contact modulates gaze following. An fMRI study. Cognitive Neuroscience, 7(1-4), 55-66.


    Böckler, A., Timmermans, B., Sebanz, N., Vogeley, K., & Schilbach, L. (2014). Effects of observing eye contact on gaze following in high-functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(7), 1651-1658.

    Böckler, A., Hömke, P., & Sebanz, N. (2014). Invisible man: Exclusion from shared attention affects gaze behavior and self-reports. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(2), 140-148.

    Böckler, A., van der Wel, R. P. R. D., & Welsh, T. N. (2014). Catching eyes: Effects of social and nonsocial cues on attention capture. Psychological Science, 25(3), 720-727.


    Böckler, A., & Zwickel, J. (2013). Influences of spontaneous perspective taking on spatial and identity processing of faces. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8(7), 735-740.


    Böckler, A., & Sebanz, N. (2012). A co-actor’s focus of attention affects attention allocation and stimulus processing: An EEG study. Social Neuroscience, 7(6), 565-577.

    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2012). Effects of a coactor’s focus of attention on task performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38(6), 1404-1415.


    Böckler, A., Alpay, G., & Stürmer, B. (2011). Accessory stimuli affect prerequisites of conflict, not conflict control: A Simon-task ERP study. Experimental Psychology, 58(2), 102-109.

    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). Observing shared attention modulates gaze following. Cognition, 120(2), 292-298.

    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). Giving a helping hand: Effects of joint attention on mental rotation of body parts. Experimental Brain Research, 211(3-4), 531-545.


    Book Chapters


    Böckler, A., Sebanz, N., Wilkinson, A., & Huber, L. (2017). Solving social coordination problems: From ants to apes. In S. Shepherd (Ed.), The Handbook of Evolutionary Neuroscience. New York: Rockefeller  


    Kanske*, P., Böckler*, A., & Singer, T. (2015). Models, mechanisms and moderators dissociating empathy and Theory of Mind. In M. Wöhr, & S. Krach (Eds.), Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences – Social Behavior from Rodents to Humans: Neural Foundations and Clinical Implications.
          * shared first authors


    Böckler, A., & Sebanz, N. (2013). Linking joint attention and joint action. In H. S. Terrace, & J. Metcalfe (Eds.), Agency and joint attention. (pp. 206-215). New York: Oxford University Press.


    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2010). Socializing Cognition. In B. Glatzeder, V. Goel, & A. Mueller (Eds.), Perspectives on Thinking. Heidelberg: Springer.




    Böckler, A. (2017). Why we share our cookies: Prosocial behaviour from a psychological perspective. 12th Meeting of the Society for Anthropology (GfA), Geislingen (Steige)

    Böckler, A. (2017). Catching eyes: How experienced and observed eye contact shapes attention and cognition. International Congress of Psychology (ICP), Wien


    Böckler, A. (2016). Catching eyes: Attention capture by sudden direct gaze and its modulation by eye visibility, head orientation and emotional expression. Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Leipzig

    Böckler, A. & Singer, T (2016). Effects of targeted mental trainings on prosocial behavior. European Summer Research Institute (ESRI), Fraueninsel

    Böckler, A. (2016). Catching eyes: Attention capture by direct gaze and its modulation. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), Heidelberg


    Böckler, A. & Singer, T. (2015). Changing for the better: Effects of meditation-based trainings on different sub-components of prosociality. International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE), Geneva.

    Böckler, A. & Singer, T. (2015). Changing for the better: Effects of meditation-based trainings on human prosociality. Joint Action Meeting (JAM), Budapest.

    Böckler, A. & Kanske, P. (2015). Neural Mechanisms of Social Understanding: From Gaze Processing to Empathy and Theory of Mind. Symposium. Psychologie und Gehirn, Frankfurt.


    Böckler, A. & Singer, T. (2014). Changing for the better: Effects of specific training modules on different sub-components of prosociality. Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston.


    Böckler, A., Hoemke, P., & Sebanz, N. (2013). It doesn’t take balls to ostracize: Effects of exclusion from shared attention. Cognitive Science, Berlin.


    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2012). Observing shared attention in others enhances gaze following. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), Mannheim.


    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). What are you looking at: Effects of a co-actor’s focus of attention. European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), San Sebastian.

    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). What are you looking at: Effects of a co-actor’s focus of attention. Joint Action Meeting (JAM 4), Vienna.

    Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). What are you looking at: Effects of a co-actor’s focus of attention. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), Halle.

    Böckler, A. & Vesper, C. (2011). A focus on the others. Symposium. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), Halle.


    Böckler, A., Stürmer, B., Alpay., G. (2008). Alerting affects conflict but not conflict control. International Congress of Psychologie (ICP), Berlin.

    Böckler, A. & Stürmer, B., Alpay, G. (2008). Der Einfluss von Alerting auf Konflikt und auf Anpassungsprozesse im Simon Paradigma. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), Marburg.

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