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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carmen Morawetz

Universität Innsbruck

Institut für Psychologie


Innrain 9
6020 Innsbruck

My research focuses on the neural correlates of emotion regulation and on the question how emotion regulation can influence value-based decision-making linking the fields of psychology, affective and cognitive neuroscience and neuroeconomics. Applying a multi-methodological research approach, my work aims to functionally dissect the different cognitive processes involved in emotion regulation and to examine the modulatory effect of emotion regulation of immediate emotions on decision-making using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The ultimate goal of my research is to develop theoretical and neural models of emotion regulation that will lead to a better understanding of emotional behavioral disorders.

Morawetz, C., Oganian, Y., Schlickeiser, U., Jacobs, A. M., & Heekeren, H. R. (2017). Second language use facilitates implicit emotion regulation via content labeling. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00366

Morawetz, C., Bode, S., Derntl, B., and Heekeren, H. R. (2017). The effect of strategies, goals and stimulus material on the neural mechanisms of emotion regulation: A meta-analysis of fMRI studies. Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. 72, 111–128. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.11.014.

Morawetz, C., Bode, S., Baudewig, J., and Heekeren, H. R. (2016). Effective amygdala-prefrontal connectivity predicts individual differences in successful emotion regulation. Soc. Cogn. Affect. Neurosci. In press

Morawetz, C., Alexandrowicz, R. W., and Heekeren, H. R. (2016). Successful emotion regulation is predicted by amygdala activity and aspects of personality: A latent variable approach. Emotion. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/emo0000215.

Morawetz, C., Kellermann, T., Kogler, L., Radke, S., Blechert, J., Derntl, B. (2016). Intrinsic functional connectivity underlying successful emotion regulation of angry faces. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw107

Morawetz, C., Bode, S., Baudewig, J., Jacobs, A.M., Heekeren, H.R. (2016). Neural Representations of Emotion Regulation Goals. Human Brain Mapping, 37(2): 600-620.

Morawetz, C., Bode, S.,Kirilina, E., Baudewig, J., Heekeren, H.R. (2016). Changes in effective connectivity between dorsal and ventral prefrontal regions moderate emotion regulation. Cerebral Cortex, 26(5): 1923-1937.

Meshi, D., Mamerow, L., Kirilina, E., Morawetz, C., Margulies, D.S., Heekeren, H.R. (2016). Sharing self-related information is associated with intrinsic functional connectivity of cortical midline brain regions. Scientific Reports, 6: 22491.

Löffler, L.A.K., Radke, S., Morawetz, C., Derntl, B. (2016). Emotional Dysfunctions in Neurodegenerative Diseases. The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524(8): 1727-1743.

Morawetz, C. (2014). Faszination Gehirn – Eine kurze Einführung in die kognitive Neurowissenschaft. In Rainer W. Alexandrowicz, R.W., Gablonski, T.-Ch., Glück, J. Psychologie kompakt - Grundlagen und Forschungsperspektiven. Facultas Verlag.

Morawetz, C., Kirilina, E., Baudewig, J., Heekeren, H.R. (2014). Relationship between Personality Traits and Brain Reward Responses when Playing on a Team. PLoS ONE, 9(1) e87277.

Scheve, C., Beyer, M., Ismer, S., Kozlowska, M., Morawetz, C. (2014). Emotional entrainment, national symbols, and identification: A naturalistic study around the men’s football World Cup. Current Sociology, 62(1): 3-23.

Meshi, D., Morawetz, C., Heekeren, H.R. (2013). Nucleus accumbens response to gains in reputation for the self relative to gains for others predicts social media use. Front Hum Neurosci. Aug 29;7:439.

Morawetz, C., Baudewig, J., Treue, S., Dechent, P. (2011). Effects of high and low spatial frequency and location of fearful faces on human amygdala activity. Brain Research, 31(1371): 87-99.

Antal, A., Polania, R., Saller, K., Morawetz, C., Schmidt-Samoa, C., Baudewig, J., Paulus, W., Dechent, P. (2011). Differential activation of the middle-temporal complex to visual stimulation in migraineurs. Cephalalgia, 31(3): 338-345.

Morawetz, C., Baudewig, J., Treue, S., Dechent, P. (2010). Diverting attention suppresses human amygdala responses to faces. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 3(4): 226.

Morawetz, C., Holz, P., Lange, C., Baudewig, J., Weniger, G., Irle, E., Dechent, P. (2008). Improved functional mapping of the human amygdala using a standard functional magnetic resonance imaging sequence with simple modifications. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 26(1): 45-53.

Morawetz, C., Holz, P., Baudewig, J., Treue, S., Dechent, P. (2007). Split of attentional resources in human visual cortex. Visual Neuroscience, 24(6): 817-26.

Von Steinbuechel, N., Richter, S., Morawetz, C., Riemsma, R. (2005). Assessment of subjective health and health-related quality of life in persons with acquired or degenerative brain injury. Current Opinion in Neurology, 18(6): 681-91.