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Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth 

Associate Professor

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Hedwig Eisenbarth is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Southampton’s Psychology Department since 2015. Her research is dedicated to Affective and Criminal Neuroscience. She is affiliated with the Center for Innovation in Mental Health.

How does early life and later life trauma interact with aggressive behavior? What are the neurobiological mechanisms of emotion such as fear or anger? And what are gender and report specific effects on psychopathic personality?

She did a PhD in clinical and biological psychology at the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) on emotional detachment in psychopathy, as assessed via self-report and emotion detection tasks and has been trained in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (licensed in Germany). After the PhD she became a research scientist in the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Regensburg (Germany), working on emotion processing and measurement issues in psychopathic personality as well as on emotional facial expression processing. Before joining the University of Southampton she did a 2-year postdoc at the University of Colorado Boulder where she got trained in functional MRI research as well as in analyses methods.




Research interests

Our research is about the neurobiology of emotion in healthy and criminal contexts. Psychopathy and aggression as well as pain are the constructs we use to investigate the basic mechanisms of emotion processing.

Research Projects in those areas:

How can we describe emotions?

Are emotions categories and how do they change over time?

Do psychopathic individuals have an emotion deficit?

Which pathways decide for successful vs. unsuccessful psychopathy?

What are the gender differences in psychopathy and how do psychopathic traits influence prosecution in women compared to men?

Research group

Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CiMH)

Affiliate research group

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)


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Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth
Building 44
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Office hours: Friday 12-1pm
Twitter: @H_Eisenbarth

Affective and Criminal Neuroscience LAB website

Room Number:44/4047

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