Markus Ruetgen

Postdoctoral studies

About me

I completed my PhD in 2016 at the University of Vienna (advisor: Claus Lamm; thesis title: “The role of the opioid system for empathic responses to pain”), where I continued my work on the neural mechanisms underlying empathy during my post-doctoral training. I joined the Petrovic Group and the Emotion lab during fall 2021 as a post-doctoral fellow.

My research aims at understanding the various sub-components of human empathy and their neural underpinnings. So far, my work was largely focused on the experimental investigation of empathy for pain both in healthy participants and in clinical conditions (major depressive disorder), using psychopharmacological manipulations and functional magnetic resonance imaging. At the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, I am extending this work by applying computational modelling and more ecologically valid experimental paradigms.