Sebastian Korb

Sebastian has a background in psychology and neuroscience, and studied in France, Canada, and the Netherlands. He did his PhD and spent one year as postdoc at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and then 2 years in the Niedenthal lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. From  September 2014 to September 2016, he was a postdoc in the iNSuLa lab at SISSA. He is interested in the psychology and neuroscience of emotion perception and the production of emotional expressions, in emotion regulation, embodiment (especially facial mimicry), joint attention, empathy, and in many other aspects of what is generally called social neuroscience. Recently, he started working on the influence of proprioception on visual consciousness. He uses a variety of techniques, such as EEG, EMG, fMRI, and TMS.

When not working, he enjoys traveling, doing sports, spending time with friends, and meeting people from all over the world.

His favorite food is ćevapčići.



Wood, A., Rychlowska, M., Korb, S., Niedenthal, P. (in press). Fashioning the face: Sensorimotor simulation contributes to facial expression recognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Korb, S., Wood, A., Hadlock, T., Agoulnik, D., Niedenthal, P. (in press). Facial mimicry is asymmetrical in an anatomical way – a study in unilateral facial nerve patients. JAMA Facial Plastics Surgery.

Niedenthal, P.M., Wood, A., Rychlowska, M., Korb, S. (in press). Embodied simulation in decoding facial expression. In J. Fernandez-Dols & J. Russell (Eds.), The Psychology of Facial Expression.

Niedenthal, P.M., Korb, S., Wood, A., Rychlowska, M. (in press). Revisiting the Simulation of Smiles Model: The what, when, and why of mimicking smiles. In Ursula Hess & Agneta Fisher (Eds.), Emotional mimicry in social context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Neufeld, J.,* Ioannou, C.*, Korb, S., Schilbach, L., Chakrabarti, B. (2015). Spontaneous facial mimicry is modulated by joint attention and autistic traits. Autism Research.

Korb, S. *, Frühholz, S.*, Grandjean, D. (2015). Reappraising the voices of wrath. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsv051. 

Korb, S. *, Malsert, J. *, Rochas, V., Rihs, T., Rieger, S., Schwab, S., Niedenthal, P. M., Grandjean, D. (2015). Gender differences in the neural network of facial mimicry of smiles – an rTMS study. Cortex, 70, 101-114. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2015.06.025. 

Korb, S., With, S., Niedenthal, P.M., Kaiser, S., Grandjean, D. (2014). The perception and mimicry of facial movements predict judgments of smile authenticity. PLoS ONE9(6), e99194. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0099194.

Carr, E., Korb, S., Niedenthal, P. M., Winkielman, P. (2014). The Two Sides of Spontaneity: Movement Onset Asymmetries in Facial Expressions Influence Social Judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 31-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.05.008. 

Rychlowska, M., Korb, S., Brauer, M., Droit-Volet, S., Augustinova, M., Zinner, L., Niedenthal, P. M. (2014). Pacifiers Disrupt Perceivers’ Emotional Responses to Infants’ Emotions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36(4), 299-308. doi: 10.1080/01973533.2014.915217. 

Korb, S., Delplanque, S. (2013). Electromyographie [Electromyography]. In Pascal Hot, & Sylvain Delplanque (Eds.), Electrophysiologie de la cognition, Paris: Dunod.
Desseilles, M., Korb, S., Vuilleumier, P. (2012) Corrélats cérébraux de la régulation émotionnelle [Cerebral correlates of emotional regulation]. In Moïra Mikolajczak, Martin Desseilles (Eds.) Traité de régulation émotionnelle [Treatise on emotional regulation] Bruxelles: De Boeck. 
Korb, S., Grandjean, D., Samson, A. C., Delplanque, S., Scherer, K. R. (2012). Stop laughing! Humor perception with and without expressive suppression. Social Neuroscience, 7(5), 510-524. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2012.667573 
Korb, S., Grandjean, D., Scherer, K. (2010). Timing and voluntary suppression of facial mimicry to smiling faces in a Go/NoGo task - an EMG study. Biological Psychology, 85(2), 347-49. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.07.012 

Korb, S. (2009). La régulation des émotions [The regulation of emotions]. In David Sander, & Klaus R. Scherer (Eds.), Traité de psychologie des émotions (pp. 259-288). Paris: Dunod. 

Korb, S., Sander, D. (2009). Neural architecture of facial expression. In David Sander & Klaus R. Scherer (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Emotion and the Affective Sciences (pp. 173-175). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Scherer, K., Korb, S. (2009). Ausdruck von Emotionen: Produktion, Kontrolle und Manipulation [The expression of emotions: production, control and manipulation]. In G. Folkers & J. Fehr (Eds.), Gefühle zeigen. Manifestationsformen emotionaler Prozesse (pp. 49-95). Edition Collegium Helveticum Band 5, Zürich: Chronos. 

Korb, S., Grandjean, D., Scherer, K. (2008). Motor Commands of Facial Expressions: the Bereitschaftspotential of Posed Smiles. Brain Topography, 20(4), 232-8. doi: 10.1007/s10548-008-0049-2