Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger

Dr. Hanna Drimalla

Postdoctoral Researcher

Phone: +49-(0)331 5509-4829

Room: G-2.2 333

Email: hanna.drimalla(at)hpi.de

Web: www.hannadrimalla.de | Twitter | LinkedIn


2014 – 2019: PhD of Psychology,  Humboldt University of Berlin
Research fellowship at the Social Cognition Group of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Thesis: "On Facial Mimicry and Empathy: Insights from individuals with autism spectrum conditions, electromyography and machine learning”

2013 – 2017: Master of Computational Science, University of Potsdam
Computer science master focused on data analysis
Thesis: "Using Neural Networks to Detect Autism from Video Recordings of Virtual Interactions"

2008 – 2013: Bachelor & Master of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), Ruhr University Bochum
Research-oriented study program with a focus on cognitive neuroscience
Thesis: "The Influence of Acute Stress on Trust Learning"

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning in Psychology and Medicine
  • Personalized Psychology
  • Empathy
  • Stress

Research Topics

  • Forecasting Mental Earthquakes (ForME)


  • Trilla, I., Drimalla, H., Bajbouj, M., Dziobek, I.: The Influence of Reward on Facial Mimicry: No Evidence for a Significant Effect of Oxytocin.Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience. (2020).
  • Drimalla, H., Scheffer, T., Landwehr, N., Baskow, I., Roepke, S., Behnia, B., Dziobek, I.: Towards the automatic detection of social biomarkers in autism spectrum disorder: introducing the simulated interaction task (SIT).npj digital medicine.3, (2020).
  • Drimalla, H., Dziobek, I.: Berlin Emotion Recognition Test (BERT).edoc-Server der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. (2019).
  • Drimalla, H., Dziobek, I.: Virtual Interaction Task (VIT).edoc-Server der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. (2019).
  • Drimalla, H., Landwehr, N., Hess, U., Dziobek, I.: From face to face: the contribution of facial mimicry to cognitive and emotional empathy.Cognition and Emotion.33,1672-1686 (2019).
  • Drimalla, H., Baskow, I., Roepke, S., Behnia, B., Dziobek, I.: Imitation und Erkennung von Emotionen bei Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen - eine computerbasierte Analyse des fazialen Emotionsausdrucks.12. Wissenschaftliche Tagung Autismus-Spektrum. (2019).
  • Drimalla, H., Landwehr, N., Baskow, I., Behnia, B., Roepke, S., Dziobek, I., Scheffer, T.: Detecting autism by analyzing a simulated social interaction. In: Berlingerio, M., Bonchi, F., Gärtner, T., Hurley, N., and Ifrim, G. (eds.) Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases. ECML PKDD 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Cham (2019).
  • Drimalla, H., Dziobek, I.: Facial EMG-Data of the Multifaceted Empathy Task (MET). (2018).
  • Drimalla, H., Baskow, I., Roepke, S., Behnia, B., Dziobek, I.: Mimisches Verhalten bei Autismus-Spektrum-Störungen: Mit Maschinellem Lernen zur automatisierten Diagnose?11. Wissenschaftliche Tagung Autismus-Spektrum. (2018).
  • Moebert, T., Höfler, J., Jank, H., Drimalla, H., Belmega, T., Zender, R., Lucke, U.: Ein Autorensystem zur Erstellung von adaptiven mobilen Mikrolernanwendungen.Die 14. e-Learning Fachtagung Informatik (DeLFI) (2016).
  • Drimalla, H., Dziobek, I.: The Role of Facial Mimicry in Cognitive and Emotional Empathy and Effects of Autistic Traits.Proceedings of the 13th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science Society. (2016).
  • Wolf, O.T., Schulte, J.M., Drimalla, H., Hamacher-Dang, T., Knoch, D., Dziobek, I.: Enhanced emotional empathy after psychosocial stress in young healthy men.Stress.18,631-637 (2015).