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Dr Olga Maria Klimecki-Lenz


Senior Researcher (Medicine and Psychology), Swiss Center for Effective Sciences, University of Geneva

Dr Olga Klimecki is a psychologist and neuroscientist interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that shape our social emotions in adaptive ways. In this endeavor, she combines methods from psychology, neuroscience, and economy. Jointly with Prof. David Sander, she is now coordinating a research focus on the role of emotions in conflict resolution at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva, Switzerland): http://www.affective-sciences.org/en/home/research/projects-and-foci/research-foci/emotions-and-conflict/. Olga is also the leader of the work package Emotion in the European project Medit-Ageing (deputy of the work package Emotion: Prof. Dr. Patrik Vuilleumier; main coordinator of Medit-Ageing: Dr. Gaƫl Chetelat). In their work package, they are investigating how mental health and well-being can be promoted through mental training in the aging population. Their particular focus is on the role of emotions, their malleability, and their underlying brain function:http://www.affective-sciences.org/en/home/research/projects-and-foci/research-foci/healthy-ageing/. In her doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Tania Singer (2007-2012), Olga investigated neural, behavioral, and emotional plasticity induced by training social emotions like compassion and empathy with meditation-based techniques. The results of these longitudinal studies in adults provided evidence for the plasticity of social emotions spanning the levels of neural function, emotional resilience, and helping behavior. Olga extended this line of research to aggressive behavior with a BRIDGE/Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Geneva from 2013 - 2015.