University of Zurich
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University of Zurich – Prof. Dominik Bach

Current research topics in the lab

Emotions engender survival-relevant behaviours, in humans and non-human animals. We take a cross-species perspective and develop human research paradigms that are comparable to animal set ups. Thus we seek to make comparative statements on the neural circuits supporting survival behaviours in humans. We analyse these behaviours with the toolkit of computational neuroscience.

Which physiological or other methods are used? Which techniques can students learn there?

As a visiting student, you have the unique opportunity to learn Psychophysiological Modelling (PsPM) from the developers of this method (see You could bring your own research question, or answer a methodological question in this field. More generally, our research builds on fMRI, MEG, iEEG, lesion models, pharmacological challenge, and peripheral psychophysiology (SCR, ECG, respiration, startle eyeblink, eyetracking).

Requirements for an exchange? (knowledge, length of stay)

We can host you for a minimum of 12 weeks. Visiting research students are unpaid.

Funding possibilities by department?

Unfortunately, there are no funding opportunities at the department.

Contact information/go-to person

Prof. Dr. Dominik Bach:,

Information on city (housing, costs of living)

Zurich is a beautiful city and often ranked among the highest in the world regarding quality of life. With two big universities, and a medical school, it has a strong psychology scene and an even larger neuroscience community.

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