Anne Felsenheimer

Anne Felsenheimer

Doctoral Candidate (Clinician Scientist Program)


Academic education

since 2022Doctoral candidate, Max Planck School of Cognition, Leipzig, Germany
Lab rotations in the orientation phase: Isabel Dziobek, Patrick Haggard, and Michael Gaebler
2012–2020Medical Doctor in Medicine & Philosophy, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany, Medical University Vienna, Austria & Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
2013–2014Interdisciplinary Advanced Study Program “What is mankind?”, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
2009–2012Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Karl-Ruprechts-Universität Heidelberg, Germany



Research experience

2021–2022International Fulbright Scholar, Body, Mind and Brain Lab (Prof. Dr. Sohee Park), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
2020–2021Research 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
2019–2020Research assistance, MetaMotorLab (Dr. Elisa Filevich), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience,  Berlin
2015–2020Research assistant, Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Lab (PD Dr. Alexander Rapp), Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
2010–2011Research assistant, Cognitive Research in Social Psychology (Prof. Dr. Klaus Fiedler), Karl-Ruprechts-Universität Heidelberg


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)


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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