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Hannah Metzler


PhD student
Free field
My PhD project focused on the influence of bodily actions on social perception and behavior. Specifically, I investigated if adopting body postures that express power shapes how we imagine other people’s faces, and how we perceive and react to their facial expressions. For my experiments, I have used reverse correlation of mental images of faces, computational modeling based on signal detection theory, and mouse tracking among other methodologies. Working in the intensely debated research field on "power poses", I have become a proponent of open science and other practices that may improve the reliability of empirical findings.

29 rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris France

Social Cognition: from Brain to Society
+33 (0)1 44 32 26 38
Selected publications
International Journal article  

Chadwick, M., Metzler, H., Tijus, C., Armony, J. & Grèzes, J. (2018). Stimulus and observer characteristics jointly determine the relevance of threatening facial expressions and their interaction with attention. Motivation and Emotion, Advance online publication, 1–14. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-018-9730-2

International Journal article  

Kogler, L., Seidel, E., Metzler, H., Thaler, H., Boubela, R. , Pruessner, J. , Kryspin-Exner, I., Gur, R., Windischberger, C. & Moser, E. (2017). Impact of self-esteem and sex on stress reactions. Scientific reports, 7(1), 17210. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-17485-w