Anne Felsenheimer

Anne Felsenheimer

Doctoral Candidate (Clinician Scientist Program)


Academic education

since 2022  Doctoral candidate, Max Planck School of Cognition, Leipzig, Germany
                      Lab rotations in the orientation phase: Isabel Dziobek, Patrick Haggard, and Michael Gaebler

2012–2020 Medical Doctor in Medicine & Philosophy, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany, Medical University Vienna, Austria & Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

2013–2014 Interdisciplinary Advanced Study Program “What is mankind?”, Tübingen, Germany

2009–2012 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Karl-Ruprechts-Universität Heidelberg, Germany


Research experience

2021–2022 International Fulbright Scholar, Body, Mind and Brain Lab (Prof. Dr. Sohee Park), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA

2020–2021 Research associate, "Focus alternatives in the human mind: Retrieval, Representation and Recall" (FAHMRRR, Prof. Dr. Katharina Spalek), Department of German Language and Linguistics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

2019–2020 Research assistance, MetaMotorLab (Dr. Elisa Filevich), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience,  Berlin, Germany

2015–2020 Research assistance, Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Lab (PD Dr. Alexander Rapp), Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany

2010–2011 Research assistance, Cognitive Research in Social Psychology (Prof. Dr. Klaus Fiedler), Karl-Ruprechts-Universität Heidelberg, Germany


Academic award

2017 Poster Award, World Psychiatry Congress



2022             Zia - Visible Women in Science, Zeit-Verlag
2020             Fulbright Doctoral Scholarship
2020             DAAD Doctoral Scholarship, German Academy Exchange Service (DAAD)
2015–2019 Deutschlandstipendium, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany



Felsenheimer, A., Kieckhäfer, C., & Rapp, A. (2022). Irony detection in patients with borderline personality disorder: An experimental study examining schizotypal traits, response biases and empathy. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 9, 24.

Felsenheimer, A., Kieckhäfer, C., & Rapp, A. (2020). Familiarity, empathy, and comprehension of metaphors in patients with borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry Research, 291, 113152.

Kieckhäfer, C*., Felsenheimer, A.*, & Rapp, A. (2019). A new test for irony detection: The influence of schizotypal, borderline, and autistic personality traits. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 99.

Rapp, A., Felsenheimer, A., Langohr, K., & Klupp, M. (2018). The comprehension of familiar and novel metaphoric meanings in schizophrenia: A pilot study. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 2251.

Rapp, A., Purr, F., & Felsenheimer, A. (2018). Sarcasm comprehension as a social cognition measure in schizophrenia – A systematic literature search and meta-analysis on the use of the TASIT. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 44(Suppl 1), S136.

Felsenheimer, A. (2016). Pocken. In E. Bierende, P. Moos, & E. Seidl (Eds.), Krankheit als Kunst(form): Moulagen der Medizin (pp. 141–143). Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.


Poster presentations and talks

Felsenheimer, A., & Rapp, A. (2022, April). A meta-analysis on proverb comprehension in schizophrenia considering 60 years of research [Poster]. Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) Conference, April 2022, Florence, Italy.

Felsenheimer, A., Baxter, T., & Park, S. (2022, April). When virtual reality becomes real: Characteristics of felt presence among individuals at high risk for psychosis [Poster]. Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) Conference, Florence, Italy.

Felsenheimer, A., Koch, X, Sun, C., & Spalek, K. (2022, March). Individual differences in recall of focused words and contextual alternatives using machine learning approaches [Poster]. 35th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing (HSP), Santa Cruz, USA.

Felsenheimer, A., Rapp, A., Baxter, T., Griffith, T., Lee, H., & Park, S. (2021, April). ‘They’ are not always friends: Social (de-)connectedness in narratives, social contacts and loneliness and its longitudinal impact on schizotypal traits during the COVID-19 pandemic [Poster]. Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) Conference (virtual).

Felsenheimer, A. (2021, May). Psychological and physical impact of the COVID-19 pandemia: Long and short-term effects in Germany [Invited talk]. NeuroFrance, Straßbourg, France (virtual).

Arbuzova, P., Felsenheimer, A., Espinosa, P., & Filevich, E. (2021, March). Relationship between metacognition of motor, visual and memory processes [Poster]. Mind, Brain, Body Symposium, MindBrainBody Institute, Berlin, Germany.

Felsenheimer, A. (2021, January). Irony and metaphor comprehension in borderline personality disorder [Invited talk]. Clinical Brown Bag Meeting, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA (virtual).

Felsenheimer, A., Kieckhäfer, C., & Rapp, A. (2020, November). Ambiguity in borderline personality disorder: The detection of irony [Poster]. DGPPN Congress of Psychiatry (virtual).

Rapp, A., & Felsenheimer, A. (2019, June). Changing perspectives: Associations of schizotypal traits in the comprehension of irony and metaphor in borderline personality disorder [Invited talk]. International Consortium on Schizotypy Research Meeting, New Orleans, USA.

Felsenheimer, A. (2019, February). Splitting at its core: Figurative language in borderline personality disorder [Talk]. Herbstakademie “Synchronization in Embodied Interaction”, Freiburg i. Br., Germany.

Felsenheimer, A., Kieckhäfer, C., & Rapp, A. (2012, October). A new German language test for irony comprehension in psychiatric disorders [Poster]. World Congress of Psychiatry, Berlin, Germany.

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