Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

Dipl.- Svenja Köhne

Dipl.- Svenja Köhne
research assistant
svenja.koehne (at)

Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Klinische Psychologie Sozialer Interaktion
Function / Working Area
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Visiting address
Luisenstraße 56 (Haus 1) , Room D 419
Phone number
(030) 2093-6125
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin



2014 - present

Zentrum für Psychotherapie der Humboldt-Universität (ZPHU) Berlin

Psychotherapist training


2010 - present

Cluster of Excellence, “Languages of Emotion”, Freie Universität, Berlin and

Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Doctoral canditate

Research project: Embodied social cognition: How spontaneous simulation of body processes helps us to understand and share the thoughts and feelings of others



German National Academic Foundation




Humboldt-Universität zu, Berlin

Department of Psychology

Focus: cognitive neuropsychology

Thesis: Electrophysiological correlates of feedback processing in patients with OCD



Universität Hamburg




Research interests


I am interested in the relationship of spontaneous simulation processes on the body level and social cognition, and, more specifically, the influence of interpersonal movement imitation and synchronization on empathy. To elucidate this link, my research project together with the research group "Understanding Interaffectivity" at the Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion" (Freie Universität Berlin, investigates synchronization experts (e.g. Capoeira players, Tango dancers) as well as individuals with psychological disorders associated with imitation and empathy deficits (autism spectrum). To assess the clinical relevance of this relationship, I conducted a 10-week synchronization-based dance/movement intervention to foster empathy in adults with autism. Another project investigates how far simulation processes need to be complemented by mechanisms of self-other distinction for successful perspective taking. I use established ecologically valid measures for empathy, as well as tapping experiments and automatic imitation paradigms. In addition, I developed a scale to measure empathy on the body level (i.e. kinesthetic Empathy)

I am also training to become a psychotherapist and use my clinical and research experience to advise a Berlin based company focusing on the strengths of individuals on the autism spectrum for the IT sector (




Endrass, T., Koehne, S., Riesel, A., Kathmann, N. (2013). Neural correlates of feedback processing in obsessive–compulsive disorder.

Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 122(2), 387-396.


Dziobek I, Koehne S. (2011). Bildgebung bei Autismus-Spektrum Störungen  – Eine Übersicht. Der Nervenarzt 2011, 82(5):564-72.