My doctoral journey in psychology at the University of Tübingen was centered around exploring the neural and behavioral dimensions of empathy for pain. My accomplishments during my academic studies were recognized with a postgraduate fellowship from the state of Baden-Württemberg, providing support for my Ph.D. project. My expertise expanded to encompass various psychophysiological measurements, including electroencephalography and electrodermal activity, as well as the statistical analysis of such high-dimensional data. These skills not only solidified my foundation in psychology but also facilitated my venture into machine learning, enriching my subsequent research endeavors across both domains.

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.