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Academic interests

My main research interests lie within the field of performance monitoring, i.e., the constant monitoring of our own behavior and that of our fellow human beings to successfully navigate in our environment. I am particularly interested in error and feedback signals (such as correct/incorrect performance signals or rewarding/punishing feedback outcomes) generated by the brain accompanying performance monitoring processes. Methods-wise, I am using electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to address my research questions in healthy individuals.

Here at UiO, I will be working on an exciting project investigating the influence of gut hormones on reward processing.

Courses taught

Currently, I am not teaching any courses at UiO.


Private homepage: www.danielapfabigan.com


2005          MSc in Psychology, Faculty of Psycholog, University of Vienna, Austria

2007          Clinical and Health Psychologist (certified by Austrian law)

2011           PhD in Biological Psychology, Brain Research Laboratory, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

2011-16      University Assistant Post-Doc, Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit (SCAN-Unit), Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

2016-18     Post-Doc Researcher, Culture and Social Cognitive Neurosciene Lab (CSCN Lab), School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University, China

since 2018  Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanisms of Reward Valuation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Collaboration Partners

SCAN-Unit, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

CSCN Lab, Peking University, Beijing, China


  • Salles, Juliette; Yrondi, Antoine; Marhar, Fouad; Andant, Nicolas; Dorlhiac, Raimundo Avilés & Quach, Binh [Show all 66 contributors for this article] (2021). Changes in Cannabis Consumption During the Global COVID-19 Lockdown: The International COVISTRESS Study. Frontiers in Psychiatry. ISSN 1664-0640. 12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.689634. Full text in Research Archive
  • Paul, Katharina; Tik, Martin; Hahn, Andreas; Sladky, Ronald; Geissberger, Nicole & Wirth, Eva-Maria [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2021). Give me a pain that I am used to: distinct habituation patterns to painful and non‑painful stimulation. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 11. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-01881-4. Full text in Research Archive
  • Sladky, Ronald; Hahn, Andreas; Karl, Inga-Lisa; Geissberger, Nicole; Kranz, Georg S. & Tik, Martin [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2021). Dynamic causal modeling of the prefrontal-amygdala network during processing of emotional faces. Brain Connectivity. ISSN 2158-0014. doi: 10.1089/brain.2021.0073.
  • Rütgen, Markus; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Tik, Martin; Kraus, Christoph; Sladky, Ronald & Pletti, Carolina [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2021). Detached empathic experience of others’ pain in remitted states of depression – An fMRI study. NeuroImage: Clinical. ISSN 2213-1582. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2021.102699.
  • Rauchbauer, Birgit; Lorenz, Corinna; Lamm, Claus & Pfabigan, Daniela M. (2021). Interplay of self-other distinction and cognitive control mechanisms in a social automatic imitation task. An ERP study. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience. ISSN 1530-7026. 21, p. 639–655. doi: 10.3758/s13415-021-00878-w.
  • Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Rütgen, Markus; Kroll, Sara Liane; Riečanský, Igor & Lamm, Claus (2021). The administration of the opioid buprenorphine decreases motivational error signals. Psychoneuroendocrinology. ISSN 0306-4530. 128. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2021.105199. Full text in Research Archive
  • Kroll, Sara Liane; Thayer, Julian F.; Williams, DeWayne P.; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Baumgartner, Markus R. & Lamm, Claus [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Chronic non-medical prescription opioid use and empathy for pain: Does pain make the difference? Psychophysiology. ISSN 0048-5772. 58. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13776.
  • Schéle, Erik; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Simrén, Joel; Sailer, Uta & Dickson, Suzanne L. (2020). Ghrelin Induces Place Preference for Social Interaction in the Larger Peer of a Male Rat Pair. Neuroscience. ISSN 0306-4522. 447(1), p. 148–154. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.01.027. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Mielacher, Clemens; Dutheil, Frédéric & Lamm, Claus (2020). ERP evidence suggests that confrontation with deterministic statements aligns subsequent other- and self-relevant error processing. Psychophysiology. ISSN 0048-5772. 57(8). doi: 10.1111/psyp.13556. Full text in Research Archive
  • Riečanský, Igor; Lengersdorff, Lukas L; Pfabigan, Daniela M. & Lamm, Claus (2020). Increasing self-other bodily overlap increases sensorimotor resonance to others' pain. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience. ISSN 1530-7026. 20, p. 19–33. doi: 10.3758/s13415-019-00724-0.
  • Gao, Tianyu; Zhou, Yuqing; Li, Wenxin; Pfabigan, Daniela M. & Han, Shihui (2020). Neural mechanisms of reinforcement learning under mortality threat. Social Neuroscience. ISSN 1747-0919. 15(2), p. 170–185. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2019.
  • Dutheil, Frédéric; Chaplais, Elodie; Vilmant, Audrey; Lanoir, Denise; Courteix, Daniel & Duche, Pascale [Show all 18 contributors for this article] (2019). Effects of a short residential thermal spa program to prevent work-related stress/burnout on stress biomarkers: the ThermStress proof of concept study . Journal of International Medical Research. ISSN 0300-0605. doi: 10.1177/0300060519859119.
  • Rütgen, Markus; Pletti, Carolina; Tik, Martin; Kraus, Christoph; Pfabigan, Daniela M. & Sladky, Ronald [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2019). Antidepressant treatment, not depression, leads to reductions in behavioral and neural responses to pain empathy. Translational Psychiatry. ISSN 2158-3188. doi: 10.1038/s41398-019-0496-4.
  • Kraus, Christoph; Seiger, Rene; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Sladky, Ronald; Tik, Martin & Paul, Katharina [Show all 14 contributors for this article] (2019). Hippocampal Subfields in Acute and Remitted Depression-an Ultra-High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. ISSN 1461-1457. doi: 10.1093/ijnp/pyz030.
  • Dutheil, Frédéric; Chaplais, Elodie; Vilmant, Audrey; Courteix, Daniel; Duche, Pascale & Abergel, Armand [Show all 18 contributors for this article] (2019). Stress management in obesity during a thermal spa residential programme (ObesiStress): protocol for a randomised controlled trial study. BMJ Open. ISSN 2044-6055. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027058.
  • Rosenberger, Lisa Anna; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Lehner, Benjamin; Keckeis, Katinka; Seidel, Eva-Maria & Eisenegger, Christoph [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). Fairness norm violations in anti-social psychopathic offenders in a repeated trust game. Translational Psychiatry. ISSN 2158-3188. 9(266). doi: 10.1038/s41398-019-0606-3. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pfabigan, Daniela M. & Han, Shihui (2019). Converging electrophysiological evidence for a processing advantage of social over nonsocial feedback. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience. ISSN 1530-7026. doi: 10.3758/s13415-019-00737-9.

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  • Pfabigan, Daniela M. & Sailer, Uta (2021). BEING FASTED REDUCES TOUCH REWARD.
  • Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Ree, Anbjørn & Sailer, Uta (2021). Being hungry decreases the pleasantness of touch.
  • Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Rütgen, Markus & Lamm, Claus (2020). Buprenorphine dampens motivational significance of errors. Psychophysiology. ISSN 0048-5772. 57. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13670.
  • Zheng, Ya; Gu, Ruolei & Pfabigan, Daniela M. (2020). Editorial: Temporal Dynamics of Reward Processing in Humans: From Anticipation to Consummation. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078. 11(1901). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01901.

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