My current research focus is on the experience, processing and effects of rewards. This includes the processing of feedback and reinforcement and its relationship to learning, as well as the processing of events that produce a pleasant or positive affective experience. In particular, I investigate processes related to pleasant odours and touch, and the factors that underly and affect experienced pleasantness. To unravel these mechanisms, we use psychophysical methods, peripheral physiological measures, endocrine measures and fMRI.
Uta is also the institute’s Head of Postgraduate Studies (PhD Coordinator).
- 2013: Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- 2009 Docent (“Habilitation”, venia legendi) in Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria
- 2003: PhD from Dept. of Neurology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany (thesis title “Eye-hand coordination in time and space”)
- 1998: M.Sc. (diploma) in psychology, University of Munich, Germany
- Since 2016: Professor at the IMB, University of Oslo
- 2011-2016: Associate professor (until 2013), then full professor at the Dept. of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- 2005-2011: University of Vienna, Austria, Section for Biological Psychology. Research fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2003-2005), thereafter postdoc, associate professor, and vice head of the Dept. of Clinical, Biological and Differential Psychology
- 2003-2005: Postdoc at the University of Umeå, Sweden, Dept. of Integrative Medical Biology, Section for Physiology
- 2002: Guest researcher, Dept. of Experimental and Work Psychology, University of Groningen, Netherlands (3 months)
- 1999-2003: PhD student at Dept. of Neurology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
- 1998 – 1999: Research assistant, Dept. of Psychology, section for neuropsychology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, and Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Dept. of Neuropsychology, Munich
- 1997-1998: Student research assistant, Faculty of Psychology, Technical University Munich
- 1997: Research internship, Dept. of Psychology, University of Durham, UK (3 months)