Biological Psychology

Sarah Fabi, Dr. rer. nat.

University of Tuebingen · Psychological Institute
Schleichstraße 4, Room 4.428
72076 Tübingen

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-77143
E-Mail: sarah.fabispam

Available for consultation: on appointment



Research Areas

  • Empathic Influences on Encoding, Categorization and Motor Stages by Examining Event-Related Brain Potentials, EEG Oscillations and Response Force
  • Differences between Empathic Processing of In- and Outgroup Targets in Pain
  • Altruistic and Egoistic Motivations of Empathic Concern and Personal Distress

Academic Career

  • 2014–2018: PhD student, Biological Psychology, University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • 2013–2014: Master of Science, Psychology, University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • 2011–2012: Exchange student, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • 2009–2013: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany


  • Fabi, S. & Leuthold, H. (2019). Investigating empathy for pain toward racial in- and outgroup targets ­­­with ERPs and EEG oscillations. Poster presented at the 4th Workshop of Understanding Others- Integration of Social Cognitive and Affective Processes, Munich.
  • Fabi, S. (2018). How do we process pain in others? Investigating behavioral and neural correlates of empathy. Dissertation.
  • Fabi, S., & Leuthold, H. (2018). Racial Bias in Empathy: Do We Process Dark- and Fair-Colored Hands in Pain Differently? An EEG Study. Neuropsychologia, 114, 143-157.
  • Fabi, S. & Leuthold, H. (2018). Racial Bias Influences on Empathic Information Processing - An EEG Study. Poster presented at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Meeting (SANS), New York.
  • Fabi, S. & Leuthold, H. (2018). Measuring Empathic Influences on Perceptual and Motor Processing with ERPs, EEG Oscillations, and Response Force. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting (CNS), Boston.
  • Fabi, S., Mackenzie, I.G., & Leuthold, H. (2017). Are Empathic Influences on Information Processing Subject to Racial Bias? An EEG Study. Poster presented at the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Dresden.
  • Fabi, S., & Leuthold, H. (2017). Empathy for Pain Influences Perceptual and Motor Processing: Evidence from Response Force, ERPs, and EEG Oscillations. Social Neuroscience, 12, 701-716.