During my Ph.D. in Biological Psychology at the University of Tübingen, I was investigating neural and behavioral correlates of empathy for pain with brain imaging experiments. Due to the achievements during my studies, I was awarded a postgraduate fellowship of the state Baden-Württemberg to finance my Ph.D. project. I became an expert in several psychophysiological measurements like electroencephalography and electrodermal activity, as well as the statistical analysis of such high-dimensional data. This background helped me during my self-training in machine learning and my following research in both areas.

Media appearances:

Rehse-Knauff, L. (24.03.2022). Wann zeigen Menschen Empathie? Ursachen, Grenzen und Gefahren. Deutschlandfunk.

Kreiskott, M. (30.03.2022). Empathie für Ukraineflüchtlinge: Psychologin erklärt unser Verhalten. NDR Kultur.


• Fabi, S., & Leuthold, H. (2019). Investigating empathy for pain toward racial in- and outgroup targets with ERPs and EEG oscillations. Poster presented at the 4th Workshop Understanding others Integration of social cognitive and affective processes, Munich.

• Fabi, S., & Leuthold, H. (2018). Racial bias influences on empathic information processing — An EEG study. Poster presented at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society Meeting (SANS), New York.

• Fabi, S., & Leuthold, H. (2018). Measuring empathic influences on perceptual and motor processing with ERPs, EEG oscillations, and response force. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting (CNS), Boston.

• Fabi, S., Mackenzie, I.G., & Leuthold, H. (2017). Are empathic influences on information processing subject to racial bias? An EEG study. Poster presented at the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Dresden.

Peer-reviewed papers:

Fabi, S., Weber, L.A., & Leuthold, H. (2019). Empathic Concern and Personal Distress depend on situational but not dispositional factors. PLOS ONE, 14 (11), e0225102.

Fabi, S. (2018). How do we process pain in others? Investigating behavioral and neural correlates of empathy. (Dissertation thesis)

Fabi, S., & Leuthold, H. (2018). Racial bias in empathy: Do we process dark- and fair-colored hands in pain differently? An EEG study. Neuropsychologia, 114, 143-157.

Fabi, S., & Leuthold, H. (2017). Empathy for pain influences perceptual and motor processing: Evidence from response force, ERPs, and EEG oscillations. Social Neuroscience, 12, 701-716.

You can find my Google Scholar profile here.