Johann Kruschwitz, Dr. rer. nat.

Postdoctoral Researcher VCF

Johann Kruschwitz

Contact information

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
CCM Campus Charité Mitte
CC 15: Neurologie, Neurochirurgie und Psychiatrie
Forschungsbereich Mind and Brain
Clinical Neuroscience & Imaging Genetics

Bonhoefferplatz 3, Berlin


Research Statement

I studied psychology at the Technische Universität Dresden and am currently a PhD student in the SFB 940 (project A6) working under the mentorship of Prof. Thomas Goschke (TU Dresden) and Prof. Henrik Walter (Charité Berlin). I am investigating the neural underpinnings of anticipated emotions. Specifically, I am interested in how anticipated emotions may relate and influence our decision-making and how they interact with volitional control and cognitive regulation.

Scientific Education

07/2010 – 04/2011Diplom thesis: “Neural correlates and underlying processes of risk-taking: decision making in sensation seeking individuals.”; Received degree: Dipl.Psych.

10/2005 – 06/2010Studies of Psychology: Clinical Psychology (Major), Medicine (Minor) at the Dept. of Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden

Professional Experience

06/2010 – 08/2010Research Internship at the Laboratory of Biological Dynamics and Theoretical
04/2009 – 10/2009Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego (UCSD), USA. Collaboration with Prof. Martin P. Paulus, M.D. and Alan N. Simmons, Ph.D., on a research project about the neurobiological underpinnings of risk-taking / decision-making in sensation seeking indi-viduals. Research activity included study conception, data preparation, da-ta analysis, manuscript preparation.

12/2007 – 02/2009

11/2009 – 02/2010

Research at the Neuroimaging Center, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden (Research Internship: 12/2007 – 11/2008; service contracts: 12/2008 – 02/2009; 11/2009 – 02/2010) as a member of the “fMRI Anxiety Research Group” in collaboration with Ulrike Lueken, Ph.D., on a research project about functional brain correlates in dental phobic and snake phobic subjects.

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

05/2011Werner-Straub-Award for outstanding achievements during the scientific curriculum (Werner-Straub-Preis für hervorragende Leistungen im Rahmen der wissenschaftlichen Qualifikation)   
02/2008 – 12/2010Holder of a scholarship and member of the „Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes“ (German National Academic Foundation) in order to scientific excellence
06/2010 Short-term research scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“ about $ 4.000

04/2009Foreign exchange scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“ about $ 10.000

Selected Publications


Lueken, U., Kruschwitz, J.D., Muehlhan, M., Siegert, J., Hoyer, J. & Wittchen.H-U., 2011. How specific is specific phobia? Different neural responses in two subtypes of specific phobia. NeuroImage, 56, 363-372.

Kruschwitz, J. D., Simmons, A., Flagan, T., Paulus, M.P., 2011. Nothing to lose: Processing blindness to potential losses drives thrill and adventure seekers. NeuroImage 2012; 59(3):2850-2859.

Kruschwitz, J. D., Lueken, U., Walter, H.W., Paulus, M.P., High Thrill and Adventure Seeking is associated with diminished interoceptive sensitivity: evidence for altered homeostatic processing in high Sensation Seekers. (under revision at Journal of Personality)

Peer-reviewed abstracts

Kruschwitz, J.D., Varikuti, D., Jensen, J., Erk, S., Mohnke, S., Heinz, A., Kirsch, P., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Walter, M., Walter, H. (2012). Neuroticism predicts resting-state functional connectivity between Amygdala and Fusiform Gyrus. 3rd biennial Conference on Resting State Brain Connectivity, September 5-7 2012, Magdeburg (Germany).

Kruschwitz, J.D., Braun, U., Jensen, J., Plichta, M.M., Esslinger, C., Sauer, C., Haddad, L., Grimm, O., Mier, D., Mohnke, S.,Schott, B., Heinz, A., Erk, S., Seiferth, N., Kirsch, P., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Walter, H. (2012). Personality relates to differences in small-world properties of intrinsic functional brain connectivity networks. 3rd biennial Conference on Resting State Brain Connectivity, September 5-7 2012, Magdeburg (Germany).