Associated Researchers

Associated researchers are young researchers, who work on topics closely related to the Einstein Group and got a scholarship to work with the Einstein Group.


List of associated researchers (in alphabetical order):

  • Marianna Ambrosecchia
  • Aenne Brielmann
  • Gina Eickers
  • Javier Gomez-Lavin
  • Lara Pourabdolrahim

marianna ambrosecchia

Marianna Ambrosecchia has been trained both in Psychology (M.D.) and Neuroscience (PhD), and is currently  working with a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma. Here, she met Katrin Heimann and started to collaborate with her and Joerg Fingerhut. 


Her main research interest lies in the understanding of bodily-self awareness,  intersubjectivity and social cognition both in healthy individuals and patients (e.g. suffering from Anorexia, Schizophrenia and Depression). She also studied the relationship between sensory motor system and affordances, language and cognition. She works using behavioral, physiological and occasionally neuroimaging (fMRI) technique.  


Marianna has been visiting the Einstein Group/Berlin School of Mind and Brain in May 2016, and is still involved in a project in collaboration with Katrin Heimann and Joerg Fingerhut about the neurophysiological correlates (EEG) during the perception of moving images.

Aenne Brielmann

Aenne Brielmann is currently pursuing her PhD in psychology at NYU, New York, where she met and started to work together with Jesse Prinz.


Her main research topic is the experience of beauty – how it differs from other pleasures, which (neuro-)psychological processes it is based on, and which factors may promote or prevent us from feeling beauty. In her work with the Einstein Group at Berlin School of Mind and Brain she aims to further explore the structure of the concept “beauty”. One main project in collaboration with Joerg Fingerhut explores whether we can distinguish and judge different kinds of beauty (artistic, naturalistic, physical, etc.).


Aenne has been visiting the Einstein Group/Berlin School of Mind and Brain in August 2016 and plans to return in August 2017, also to attend the Visual Science of Art Conference and the associated European Conference on Visual Perception.


Gina Eickers is currently a PhD candidate at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, working under the supervision of Jesse Prinz, Isabel Dziobek, and Michael Pauen.

In her dissertation, Gina develops a new account of social interaction that tries to explain social interaction mainly by looking at contextual information. The thesis commits to the claim that many social interactions can be explained via social scripts and focuses especially on emotional display in social interaction.



Gina was a visiting research scholar at The Graduate Center, City University of New York from March 2017 - May 2017 under the supervision of Jesse Prinz and has since been an associated researcher to the Einstein Group/ Berlin School of Mind and Brain.


javier Gomez-lavin

Javier Gomez-Lavin is currently a PhD candidate in the Philosophy Program at The City University of New York, Graduate Center working under the supervision of Jesse Prinz. His dissertation project examines how recent findings in the field of cognitive neuroscience problematize traditional psychological accounts of executive function and the many philosophical theories of consciousness, personal identity, and deliberative reasoning that rely on such functions.


Since the Summer of 2016, Javier has collaborated with Joerg Fingerhut and others at BSMB on experimental philosophy paradigms examining role of morality and values on personal identity ascriptions.

LAra pourabdolrahim

Lara Pourabdolrahim has been doing her PhD in neurophilosophy at the Graduate School for Systemic Neurosciences in Munich where she benefitted from training both in philosophy and the neurosciences.


Her main research interests are cognition in moral situations, particularly in Trolley Dilemma cases, (empirically informed) Aesthetics, Modularity, Theory and Critique of Evolutionary Psychology and Ethics. She is looking forward to digging deeper in the realm of morality and aesthetics as part of the Einstein Group at Berlin School of Mind and Brain. She plans, amongst other projects, to explore the cognitive mechanisms that underlie moral and aesthetic value judgments and the non-moral and non-aesthetic factors that influence them.


Lara was holding a fellowship at the Einstein Group/Berlin School of Mind and Brain from 2015 to 2016 and helped organizing the events of the Einstein group.