Daniela M. Pfabigan

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Behavioural Medicine
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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


  • Kroll, Sara Liane; Thayer, Julian F.; Williams, DeWayne P.; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Baumgartner, Markus R.; Lamm, Claus & Quednow, Boris B. (2021). Chronic non-medical prescription opioid use and empathy for pain: Does pain make the difference?. Psychophysiology.  ISSN 0048-5772.  e13776 . doi: doi: 10.1111/psyp.13776 Show summary
  • 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. . doi: doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2021.105199
  • 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. . doi: 10.3758/s13415-021-00878-w. Show summary
  • 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), s 170- 185 . doi: 10.1080/17470919.2019 Show summary
  • 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, s 19- 33 . doi: 10.3758/s13415-019-00724-0 Show summary
  • 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), s 148- 154 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.01.027 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Dutheil, Frédéric; Chaplais, Elodie; Vilmant, Audrey; Courteix, Daniel; Duche, Pascale; Abergel, Armand; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Han, Shihui; Mobdillon, Laurie; Vallet, Gauillame T; Mermillod, Martial; Boudet, Gil; Obert, Philippe; Izem, Omar; Miolanne-Debouit, Magalie; Farigon, Nicolas; Pereira, Bruno & Boirie, Yves (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 Show summary
  • Dutheil, Frédéric; Chaplais, Elodie; Vilmant, Audrey; Lanoir, Denise; Courteix, Daniel; Duche, Pascale; Abergel, Armand; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Han, Shihui; Mondillon, Laurie; Vallet, Guillaume T.; Mermillod, Martial; Boudet, Gil; Obert, Philippe; Izen, Omar; Boirie, Yves; Pereira, Bruno & Lesage, Francois-Xavier (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 Show summary
  • Kraus, Christoph; Seiger, Rene; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Sladky, Ronald; Tik, Martin; Paul, Katharina; Woletz, Michael; Gryglewski, Gregor; Vanicek, Thomas; Komorowski, Arkadiusz; Kasper, Siegfried; Lamm, Claus; Windischberger, Christian & Lanzenberger, Rupert (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 Show summary
  • 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 Show summary
  • Rosenberger, Lisa Anna; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Lehner, Benjamin; Keckeis, Katinka; Seidel, Eva-Maria; Eisenegger, Christoph & Lamm, Claus (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. Show summary
  • Rütgen, Markus; Pletti, Carolina; Tik, Martin; Kraus, Christoph; Pfabigan, Daniela M.; Sladky, Ronald; Klöbl, Manfred; Woletz, Michael; Vanicek, Thomas; Windischberger, Christian; Lanzenberger, Rupert & Lamm, Claus (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 Show summary
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