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Dr. rer. nat. Fynn-Mathis Trautwein

Dr. rer. nat. Fynn-Mathis Trautwein, Dipl. Psych.

Postdoctoral researcher              


E-Mail:  mathis.trautwein@uniklinik-freiburg.de
Phone:  0761 270-68828



Postal address
Fynn-Mathis Trautwein
Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
Sektion Systemische Gesundheitsforschung
Klinik für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie
Hauptstr. 8
79104 Freiburg


Research Interests

Mindfulness & Meditation, Neurophenomenology, Self-awareness, Attention, Empathy & Compassion



  • Nave, O., Trautwein, F.-M., Ataria, Y., Dor-ziderman, Y., Schweitzer, Y., Fulder, S., & Berkovich-Ohana, A. (2021). Self-boundary dissolution in meditation: A phenomenological investigation. Brain Sciences, 11(819), 1–32. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11060819
  • Berkovich-Ohana, A., Dor-Ziderman, Y., Trautwein, F.-M., Schweitzer, Y., Nave, O., Fulder, S., & Ataria, Y. (2020). The hitchhiker’s guide to neurophenomenology – The case of studying self boundaries with meditators. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01680
  • Tholen, M. G., Trautwein, F.-M., Böckler, A., Singer, T., & Kanske, P. (2020). Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) item analysis of empathy and theory of mind. Human Brain Mapping, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.24966
  • Trautwein, F.-M. (2020). Aufmerksamkeit oder Mitgefühl? Kommentar. Complementary Medicine Research, 27, 135–138. https://doi.org/10.1159/000507803
  • Trautwein, F.-M.; Kanske, P.; Böckler-Raettig, A.; & Singer, T. (2020). Differential Benefits of Mental Training Types for Attention, Compassion, and Theory of Mind. Cognition 194, 104039. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104039 
  • Preckel, K., Trautwein, F. M., Paulus, F. M., Kirsch, P., Krach, S., Singer, T., & Kanske, P. (2019). Neural mechanisms of affective matching across faces and scenes. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1492. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-37163-9
  • Millière, R., Carhart-Harris, R. L., Roseman, L., Trautwein, F.-M., & Berkovich-Ohana, A. (2018). Psychedelics, Meditation and Self-Consciousness. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1475. https://doi.org/10.3389/FPSYG.2018.01475
  • Trautwein, F.-M. (2018). Dezentralisierung des Selbst? Neurowissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse über die Wirksamkeit von Achtsamkeitsmeditation und deren Einfluss auf Identität und Sozialverhalten. In H. Stark & C. Pfisterer (Eds.), BfN-Skripten 508: Naturbewusstsein und Identität - Die Rolle von Selbstkonzepten und sozialen Identitäten und ihre Entwicklungspotenziale für Natur- und Umweltschutz.
  • Valk, S. L.; Bernhardt, Boris C.; Trautwein, F.-M.; Böckler, A.; Kanske, P., Guizard, N.; Collins, D. L.; Singer, T. (2017). Structural Plasticity of the Social Brain: Differential change after socio-affective and cognitive mental training. Science Advances 3 (10), e1700489. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1700489
  • Böckler, A.; Herrmann, L.; Trautwein, F.-M.; Holmes, T.; Singer, T.  (2017). Know thy selves: Learning to understand oneself increases the ability to understand others. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement 1 (2), pp. 197-209. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41465-017-0023-6
  • Kanske, P.; Böckler, A.; Trautwein, F.-M.; Parianen Lesemann, F. H.; Singer, T. (2016). Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11 (9), pp. 1382-1392. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsw052 
  • Trautwein, F.-M.*; Molenberghs, P.*; Böckler, A.; Singer, T.; Kanske, P. (2016). Neural correlates of metacognitive ability and of feeling confident: A large scale fMRI study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11 (12), pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsw093 * joint first authorship
  • Trautwein, F.-M.; Singer, T.; Kanske, P. (2016). Stimulus-driven reorienting impairs executive control of attention: Evidence for a common bottleneck in anterior insula. Cerebral Cortex 26 (11), pp. 4136-4147. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhw225
  • Trautwein, F.-M.; Naranjo, J. R.; Schmidt, S. (2016). Decentering the self? Preliminary evidence for changes in self- vs. other related processing as a long-term outcome of loving-kindness meditation. Frontiers in Psychology 7, Article 1785. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01785
  • Tusche, A.; Böckler, A.; Kanske, P.; Trautwein, F.-M.; Singer, T. (2016). Decoding the charitable brain: Empathy, perspective taking and attention shifts differentially predict altruistic giving. The Journal of Neuroscience 36 (17), pp. 4719-4732. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3392-15.2016
  • Valk, S. L.; Bernhardt, B. C.; Böckler, A.; Trautwein, F.-M.; Kanske, P.; Singer, T. (2016). Socio-cognitive phenotypes differentially modulate large-scale structural covariance networks. Cerebral Cortex 27 (2), pp. 1358-1368. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhv319
  • Trautwein, F.-M.*; Kanske, P.*; Böckler, A*.; Singer, T. (2015). Dissecting the social brain: Introducing the EmpaToM to reveal distinct neural networks and brain-behavior relations for empathy and Theory of Mind. NeuroImage 122, pp. 6-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.07.082 * joint first authorship
  • Trautwein, M.; Naranjo, J. R.; Schmidt, S. (2014). Meditation effects in the social domain: Self-other connectedness as a general mechanism? In: Meditation – Neuroscientific approaches and philosophical implications (Eds. Schmidt, S.; Wallach, H.). Springer, Germany. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-01634-4
  • Full, G. E.; Walach, H.; Trautwein, M. (2013). Meditation-induced changes in perception: An interview study with expert meditators in Burma. Mindfulness 4 (1), pp. 55-63. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-012-0173-7