Tania Singer is the Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, since 2010. After receiving her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2000 at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, she became a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the same institution and later at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience as well as at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London.
In 2006, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich and later as Inaugural Chair of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research. Her research focus is on the foundations of human social behavior and the neuronal, developmental, and hormonal mechanisms underlying social cognition and emotions (e. g, empathy, compassion, and fairness) as well as prosocial behaviors and cooperation. Moreover, she investigates the psychological and neuroscientific effects of contemplative mental training on wellbeing, stress reduction, brain plasticity and cooperation.
Prof. Singer has published her research work in many renowned journals (e.g., Science, Nature) and is the Principal Investigator of the ReSource project, a one year longitudinal mental training study on compassion. She holds a cooperation with Dennis Snower from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy on the topic of Caring Economics and how psychology and neuroscience can inform new models of human decision making. She is Board Member of the Mind & Life Institute in Charlottesville, VA and of Mind & Life Europe.