Dr. Sarita Silveira

Dr. Sarita Silveira


Social Neuroscience Lab
Max Planck Society

JFK House
Bertha-Benz-Str. 3
10557 Berlin


Fon: 030 23608 1512



Background in social, cognitive, translational and developmental neuroscience, clinical psychology and R&D. Research interest in vulnerable and underserved populations based on an eco-bio-developmental framework. Passionate about research at the intersection of neuroscience and digital technologies. Eager to apply science to inform strategies and policies in pursuit of improvement and innovation in mental health care and education.


Research Focus

  • Environmental and social effects on neuro-cognitive and behavioral development
  • Digital mobile technologies as experimental diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Impairments and plasticity of neuro-cognitive function in mental health disorders


Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D. in Human Biology / Cognitive Neuroscience (summa cum laude), Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany


M.Sc. (Diplom) in Psychology, Major: Clinical Psychology, Phillips-University, Marburg, Germany

Academic Career

Seit 07/2020

PostDoc, Max Planck Society, Social Neuroscience Lab, Berlin, Germany

11/2017 - 06/2020

PostDoc, Neural Engineering and Translation Labs, University of California San Diego, USA

PI: Jyotri Mishra


Fellowship, German National Academy of Science Leopoldina


Fellowship, Barbara-Wengeler-Foundation

10/2014 – 10/2017

PostDoc, Institute for Medical Psychology, Ludwigs-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

PI: Ernst Pöppel


Fellowship, Parmenides Foundation

05/2014 – 09/2014

PostDoc, DePaul University Chicago, USA

PI: Verena Graupmann


Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


PhD scholarship, Hanns-Seidel-Foundation

10/2010 – 05/2014

PhD student, Institute for Medical Psychology, Ludwigs-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

PI: Ernst Pöppel



Silveira, S., Hecht, M., Matthäus, H., Adli, M., Voelkle, M. C. & Singer, T. (2022). Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perceived Changes in Psychological Vulnerability, Resilience and Social Cohesion before, during and after Lockdown. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(6).

Silveira, S., Hecht, M., Adli, M., Voelkle, M. &Singer, T. (2022) Exploring the Structure and Interrelations of Time-Stable Psychological Resilience, Psychological Vulnerability, and Social Cohesion. Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Godara, M., Silveira, S., Matthäus, H., Heim, C., Voelkle, M., Hecht, M., et al. (2021). Investigating differential effects of socio-emotional and mindfulness-based online interventions on mental health, resilience and social capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic: The study protocol.PLoS One,(11): e0256323.

Silveira, S., Boney, S., Tapert, S.F., & Mishra, J. (2021). Developing functional network connectivity of the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex mediates externalizing psychopathology in adolescents with child neglect. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 49, 100962.

Silveira, S., Kornbluh, M., Withers, M. C., Grennan, G., Ramanathan, V., & Mishra, J. (2021). Chronic mental health sequelae of climate change extremes: a case study of the deadliest Californian wildfire. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(4), 1487.

Balasubramani, P. P., Ojeda, A., Grennan, G., Maric, V., Le, H., Alim, F., Zafar-Khan, M., Diaz-Delgado, J., Silveira, S., Ramanathan, D., & Mishra, J. (2021). Mapping cognitive brain functions at scale. NeuroImage231, 117641.

Tanida, K., Simmank, F., Silveira, S., & Paolini, M. (2021). Suddenly safe: Processing of conflicting feedback in assisted driving. PsyCh Journal, doi: 10.1002/pchj.427

Wang, X., Simmank, F., Zhang, D., Zeng, Y., Silveira, S., Sander, T., ... & Paolini, M. (2021). Aesthetics as a common denominator for moral and commercial judgments. PsyCh Journal10(2), 187-189.

Silveira, S., Shah, R., Nooner, K.B., Nagel, B.J., Tapert, S.F., De Bellis, M.D., & Mishra, J. (2020). Impact of Childhood Trauma on Executive Function in Adolescence - Mediating Functional Brain Networks and Prediction of High-Risk Drinking. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 5, 499-509.

Yang, T., Silveira, S., Formuli, A., Paolini, M., Pöppel, E., Sander, T., & Bao, Y. (2019). Aesthetic experiences across cultures: Neural correlates when viewing traditional Eastern or Western landscape paintings. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00798

Tanida, K., Paolini, M., Pöppel, E., & Silveira, S. (2018). Safety feelings and anticipatory control: An fMRI study on safety and risk perception. Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behavior, 57, 108-114.

Zhang, J., Yang, T., Bao, Y., Pöppel, E., & Silveira, S. (2018). Sadness and happiness are amplified in solitary listening to music. Cognitive Processing, 19(1), 133-139. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-017-0832-7

Silveira, S., Elvers, K., Fehse, K., & Paolini, M. (2017). Gender differences in the perception of personalized half-nude female bodies. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01529

Tanida, K., Paolini, M., & Silveira, S. (2017). Human-vehicle embodiment when predictability is violated. PsyCh Journal, DOI: 10.1002/pchj.177

von Trott zu Solz, J., Paolini, M., & Silveira, S. (2017). Does touch inhibit visual imagery? A case study on acquired blindness. PsyCh Journal, DOI: 10.1002/pchj.162

Bao, Y, Yang, T., Zhang, J., Zhang, J., Lin, X., Paolini, M.., Pöppel, E., & Silveira, S. (2017). The “Third Abstraction” of the Chinese artist LaoZhu: Neural and behavioral indicators of aesthetic appreciation. PsyCh Journal, DOI: 10.1002/pchj.167

Graupmann, V., James, L., Silveira, S., & Frey, D. (2016). Werte. In H.-W. Bierhoff & D. Frey (Eds.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie: Soziale Motive und soziale Einstellungen (pp. 817-841). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Silveira, S., Bao, Y., Wang, L., Pöppel, E., Avram, M., Simmank, F., Zaytseva, Y., & Balutzik, J. (2015). Does a bishop pray when he prays? And does the brain distinguish between different religions? PsyCh Journal, 4, 199-207.

Silveira, S., Fehse, K., Vedder, A., Elvers, K., & Hennig-Fast, K. (2015). Is it the picture or is it the frame? An fMRI study on the neurobiology of framing effects. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00528

Bao, Y., Pöppel, E., Wangh, L., Lin, X., Yang, T., Avram, M., Blautzik, J., Paolini, M., Silveira, S., Vedder, A., Zaytseva, Y., & Zhou, B. (2015). Synchronization as a biological, psychological and social mechanism to create common time: A theoretical frame and a single case study. PsyCh Journal, 4, 243-254.

Silveira, S., Graupmann, V., Whetherell, G., Bao, Y., Pöppel, E., Blautzik, J., Reiser, M., Frey, D., & Gutyrchik, E. (2014). Ceci n’est pas la mort: Evidence for the recruitment of self-reference from surrealistic art under mortality salience. European Journal of Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2076

Fehse, K., Silveira, S., Elvers, K., & Blautzik, J. (2014). Compassion, guilt and innocence: An fMRI study of responses to victims who are responsible for their fate. Social Neuroscience, 14, 1-10.

Birkner, C., Silveira, S., & Voigt, S. (2014). Bild und Körper - Ein interdisziplinärer Ansatz zur Beschreibung der Bildrezeption bei Grundschulkindern in der Schuleingangsphase. In O. Jahraus, E. Pöppel, E. Liebau & E. Wagner (Eds.), Gestalten und Erkennen: Ästhetische Bildung und Kompetenz (pp. 173-197). Münster: Waxmann.

Silveira, S., Graupmann, V., Agthe, M., Gutyrchik, E., Blautzik, J., Demirçapa, I., Berndt, A., Pöppel, E., Frey, D., Reiser, M., & Hennig-Fast, K. (2013). Existential neuroscience: effects of mortality salience on the neurocognitive processing of attractive opposite-sex faces. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, DOI:10.1093/scan/nst157.

Pöppel, E., Avram, M., Bao, Y., Graupmann, V., Gutyrchik, E., Lutz, A., Park, M., Reiser, M., Russell, E., Silveira, S., Smigielski, L., Szymanski, C., & Zaytseva, Y. (2013). Sensory processing of art as a unique window into cognitive mechanisms: Evidence from behavioral experiments and fMRI studies. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 86, 10-17.

Silveira, S. (2012). Kompetenz. In: C. Heil, G. Kolb & T. Meyer (Eds.). Shift (pp. 122). München: kopaed.

Silveira, S., Graupmann, V.,Frey, D., Blautzik, J., Meindl, T., Reiser, M., Chen, C., Wang, Y., Bao, Y., Pöppel, E., & Gutyrchik, E. (2012). Matching reality in the arts: Self-referential processing of naturalistic compared to surrealistic images. Perception, 41, 569-576.

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