Dr. Kornelia Godenschwege-Gentsch

Curriculum Vitae | Publications | Research Topics | Teaching | Scientific Memberships | Scholarships and Funding

Curriculum Vitae

since 05/2021 PostDoc at the department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Institute of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
09/2015-04/2021 Postgraduate Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at AfP Erfurt; license to practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Approbation) in single and in group settings
2013-2016 PostDoc at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), University of Geneva, Switzerland (Founding director: Prof. Dr. K. Scherer), and at the Department of Psychiatry, Medical Department of the University of Geneva, Switzerland (Director: Prof. Dr. J.M. Aubry)
2009-2013 CanDoc at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), University of Geneva, Switzerland (supervisors: Prof. Dr. K. Scherer and Prof. Dr. D. Grandjean), PhD as docteure en psychologie (summa cum laude)
2004-2009 Psychology studies (Diplom) at Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg and at Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom



Kolnes, M., Gentsch, K., Steenbergen, H., & Uusberg, A. (2022). The mystery remains: Breadth of attention in Flanker and Navon tasks unaffected by affective states induced by an appraisal manipulation. Cognition and Emotion. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2022.2056580

Murray, R. J., Gentsch, K., Pham, E., Celen, Z., Castro, J., Perroud, N., Van De Ville, D., Vuilleumier, P., & Piguet, C. (2021). Identifying disease-specific neural reactivity to psychosocial stress in borderline personality disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.11.015

Gentsch, K., Beermann, U., Wu, L. D., Trznadel, S., & Scherer, K. R. (2020). Temporal unfolding of micro-valences in facial expression evoked by visual, auditory, and olfactory stimuli. Affective Science. doi: 10.1007/s42761-020-00020-y

Loderer, K., Gentsch, K., Duffy, M., Zhu, M., Xie, X., Chavarría, J. A., Vogl, E., Soriano, C., Scherer, K. R. & Pekrun, R. (2020). Are concepts of achievement-related emotions universal across cultures? A semantic profiling approach. Cognition & Emotion, 34. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2020.1748577

Coutinho, E., Gentsch, K., Van Peer, J., Scherer, K. R., & Schuller, B. (2018). Evidence of emotion-antecedent appraisal checks in electroencephalography and facial electromyography. PLoS One, 13, e0189367. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0189367

Rügamer, D., Brockhaus, S., Gentsch, K., Scherer, K. R., & Greven, S. (2017). Boosting factor-specific functional historical models for the detection of synchronisation in bioelectrical signals. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. doi: 10.1111/rssc.12241

Berchio, C., Piguet, C., Gentsch, K., Küng, A., Rihs, T. A., Hasler, R. F., Aubry, J., Dayer, A., Michel, C. M., & Perroud, N. (2017). Face and Gaze perception in borderline personality disorder: an electrical neuroimaging study. Journal: Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 269, 62–72. doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2017.08.011

Gentsch, K., Loderer, K., Soriano, C., Fontaine, J., Eid, M. Pekrun, R., & Scherer, K. R. (2018). Effects of Achievement Contexts on the Meaning Structure of Emotion Words. Cognition and Emotion, 32, 379–388. doi:10.1080/02699931.2017.1287668

Gentsch, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2015). Temporal dynamics and potential neural sources of goal conduciveness, control, and power appraisal. Biological Psychology, 112, 77–93. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.10.001

Gentsch, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2015). Appraisals generate specific configurations of facial muscle movements in a gambling task: evidence for the component process model of emotion. Plos One, 10, e0135837. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135837

Gentsch, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2014). Coherence explored between emotion components: Evidence from event-related potentials and facial electromyography. Biological Psychology, 98, 70–81. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.11.007

Gentsch, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. (2013). Temporal dynamics of event-related potentials related to goal conduciveness and power appraisals. Psychophysiology, 50, 1010–1022. doi:10.1111/psyp.12079


Research Topics

  • Emotion and emotion regulation
  • Mechanisms of coping and of resilience
  • Appraisal processes in emotion and coherence of emotion components in healthy and clinical population
  • Cognitive biases and emotion dysregulation in psychopathology
  • Central and peripheral psychophysiological measures (EEG, EMG, fMRI)
  • Emotional facial expressions and facial mimicry
  • Semantic structure of emotion words and context effects



Summer 2021 Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience (M.Sc.)


Scientific Memberships

  • International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE)
  • Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS)
  • European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)


Scholarships and Funding

05/2015 Travel grant by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences
2014-2015 Mentorat relève for promoting female researchers, mentor Prof. Dr. M. Betrancourt, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2009-2013 Swiss Doctoral School in Affective Sciences, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2008-2009 Erasmus Scholarship for student mobility at Cardiff University, United Kingdom, awarded by the European Commission