Sascha Frühholz

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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

•    Digital communication, cybersecurity, and psychology of deepfakes
*    Bayesian modelling of brain-computer interfaces
•    Neural mechanisms of voice communication and psychoacoustics
•    Affect processing from human faces, voices, and music
•    Anatomy of the limbic system
•    Forensic analysis of serious crimes, witness’ reports, and digital fraud
•    Digital archaeo-acoustics: Psychoacoustics and digital recreation of ancient instruments


  • Human abilities for deepfake detection

  • Digital emotions

  • Chances and risks of digital voice technology

  • Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Auditory Perception: Challenging the Human Auditory System at the Limits of Hearing

  • Perceptual and neuronal investigations on the neurocognitive mechanisms of perceiving whispered emotions

  • Auditory emotion recognition from vocally and musically expressed emotions




03/20 →             Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway

09/15 – 01/20    SNSF Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Zürich, Switzerland

01/13 – 08/15    Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator (PI) at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

01/10 – 12/12    Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Psychology, Uni-versity of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

12/08 – 12/09    Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Neuro-psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology; University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

02/06 – 11/08     Ph.D. Student and Research Associate at the Department of Neuro-psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

09/07                  Visiting Scientist at the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group; Universi-ty of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

07/05 – 12/05     Student Assistant at the Department of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurobiology; University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany


  • 2015 SNSF Professorship, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2005 Nominated for the best Teaching Award at the University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.


  • Handler, Alexander & Frühholz, Sascha (2021). Eyewitness Memory for Person Identification: Predicting Mugbook Recognition Accuracy According to Person Description Abilities and Subjective Confidence of Witnesses. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078. 12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.675956.
  • Trevor, Caitlyn & Frühholz, Sascha (2021). The evolutionary benefit of less-credible affective musical signals for emotion induction during storytelling. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. ISSN 0140-525X. 44, p. 127–129. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X20001004.
  • Dietziker, Joris; Staib, Matthias & Frühholz, Sascha (2021). Neural competition between concurrent speech production and other speech perception. NeuroImage. ISSN 1053-8119. 228. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117710.
  • Ceravolo, Leonardo; Frühholz, Sascha; Pierce, Jordan; Grandjean, Didier & Péron, Julie (2021). Basal ganglia and cerebellum contributions to vocal emotion processing as revealed by high-resolution fMRI. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 11(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-90222-6.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Dietziker, Joris; Staib, Matthias & Trost, Wiebke (2021). Neurocognitive processing efficiency for discriminating human non-alarm rather than alarm scream calls. PLoS Biology. ISSN 1544-9173. 19(4), p. 1–30. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000751.
  • Steiner, Florence; Bobin, Marine & Frühholz, Sascha (2021). Auditory cortical micro-networks show differential connectivity during voice and speech processing in humans. Communications Biology. ISSN 2399-3642. 4(1). doi: 10.1038/s42003-021-02328-2.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Trost, Wiebke; Constantinescu, Irina & Grandjean, Didier (2020). Neural Dynamics of Karaoke-Like Voice Imitation in Singing Performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. ISSN 1662-5161. 14. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.00135.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Trost, Wiebke; Grandjean, Didier & Belin, Pascal (2020). Neural oscillations in human auditory cortex revealed by fast fMRI during auditory perception. NeuroImage. ISSN 1053-8119. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116401.
  • Roswandowitz, Claudia; Swanborough, Huw & Frühholz, Sascha (2020). Categorizing human vocal signals depends on an integrated auditory-frontal cortical network. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25309.
  • Frühholz, Sascha & Schweinberger, Stefan (2020). Nonverbal auditory communication – Evidence for integrated neural systems for voice signal production and perception. Progress in Neurobiology. ISSN 0301-0082. p. 1–19. doi: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2020.101948.
  • Swanborough, Huw; Staib, Matthias & Frühholz, Sascha (2020). Neurocognitive dynamics of near-threshold voice signal detection and affective voice evaluation. Science Advances. ISSN 2375-2548. 6(50). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abb3884.
  • Staib, Matthias & Frühholz, Sascha (2020). Cortical voice processing is grounded in elementary sound analyses for vocalization relevant sound patterns. Progress in Neurobiology. ISSN 0301-0082. p. 1–10. doi: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2020.101982.
  • Trevor, Caitlyn; Arnal, Luc H. & Frühholz, Sascha (2020). Terrifying film music mimics alarming acoustic feature of human screams. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. ISSN 0001-4966. 147(6), p. EL540–EL545. doi: 10.1121/10.0001459.
  • Young, Andrew W.; Frühholz, Sascha & Schweinberger, Stefan R. (2020). Face and voice perception: Understanding commonalities and differences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. ISSN 1364-6613. 24(5), p. 398–410. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2020.02.001.
  • Dricu, Mihai & Frühholz, Sascha (2019). A neurocognitive model of perceptual decision-making on emotional signals. Human Brain Mapping. ISSN 1065-9471. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24893.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Schlegel, Katja & Grandjean, Didier (2017). Amygdala structure and core dimensions of the affective personality. Brain Structure and Function. ISSN 1863-2653. doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1444-9.
  • Frühholz, Sascha & Staib, Matthias (2017). Neurocircuitry of impaired affective sound processing. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. ISSN 0149-7634. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.09.009.
  • Dricu, Mihai & Frühholz, Sascha (2016). Perceiving emotional expressions in others: activation likelihood estimation meta-analyses of explicit evaluation, passive perception and incidental perception of emotions. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. ISSN 0149-7634. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.10.020.
  • Pannese, Alessia; Grandjean, Didier & Frühholz, Sascha (2016). Amygdala and auditory cortex exhibit distinct sensitivity to relevant acoustic features of auditory emotions. Cortex. ISSN 0010-9452. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.10.013.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Trost, Wiebke & Kotz, Sonja (2016). The sound of emotions—Towards a unifying neural network perspective of affective sound processing. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. ISSN 0149-7634. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.05.002.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Hofstetter, Christoph; Cristinzio, Chiara; Saj, Arnaud; Seeck, Margitta & Vuilleumier, Patrik [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2015). Asymmetrical effects of unilateral right or left amygdala damage on auditory cortical processing of vocal emotions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. ISSN 0027-8424. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1411315112.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Klaas, Hannah; Patel, Sona & Grandjean, Didier (2014). Talking in Fury: The Cortico-Subcortical Network Underlying Angry Vocalizations. Cerebral Cortex. ISSN 1047-3211. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu074.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Trost, Wiebke & Grandjean, Didier (2014). The role of the medial temporal limbic system in processing emotions in voice and music. Progress in Neurobiology. ISSN 0301-0082. doi: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2014.09.003.
  • Frühholz, Sascha; Ceravolo, Leonardo & Grandjean, Didier (2011). Specific Brain Networks during Explicit and Implicit Decoding of Emotional Prosody. Cerebral Cortex. ISSN 1047-3211. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhr184.

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