Nora C. Vetter, Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Psych.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-42214
Fax:     +49 (0)351 463-42202
E-Mail: nora.vetter#tu-dresden.de      (# = @) 





Research Interests

  • Emotional and theory of mind development over the lifespan, specifically in adolescence
  • Functional and structural correlates of this development using MRI

  • ASD (autism-spectrum disorders), ADHD (attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder)

Current Projects

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Training


PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) with highest honours (summa cum laude), Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, submission: 11/2012, supervisor: Matthias Kliegel


Visiting scholar, Kanwisher Lab, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA


Diploma in Psychology (MSc equivalent), Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany 


Visiting scholar, Perceptual Dynamics Lab, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Saitama, Japan


Vordiplom in Psychology (BSc equivalent), Universität zu Köln, Cologne

Professional Experience

Since 10/12

Research associate, Section of Systems Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, TU Dresden, Germany 


Research Associate, Developmental Psychology, TU Dresden, Germany


Lecturer, Developmental Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden: Bachelor’s and Master’s courses on theory of mind development over the lifespan, basic imaging methods, until present: supervisor for Bachelor’s/ Master’s theses

Other Scientific Activities, Honours, Awards


MedDrive fellowship of the medical faculty, TU Dresden, personnel and consumables, 30.000 Euro


Conference travel fellowship, DAAD for the SfN annual meeting


Research fellowship, DAAD (German academic exchange service)


Research fellowship, G.A.-Lienert-foundation


Karl and Charlotte Bühler award for excellent teaching at the Department of Psychology, TU Dresden


Research fellowship „JSPS Summer Program“ (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) 


Peer reviewed journals:

  1. Pilhatsch, M.*, Vetter, N.C.*, Hübner, T., Ripke, S., Müller, U., Marxen, M. Rodehacke, S., Mennigen, E., Schmidt, D., Kroemer, N.B., & Smolka, M.N. (in press). Amygdala perturbations as neural risk markers for depression in healthy mid-adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. *equal contribution

  2. Altgassen, M., Vetter, N.C., Phillips, L.H., Akgün, C., & Kliegel, M. (in press). Theory of mind and switching predict prospective memory performance in adolescents. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

  3. Vetter, N.C., Weigelt, S., Döhnel, K., Smolka, M. N., & Kliegel, M. (2013). Ongoing neural development of affective theory of mind in adolescence. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scan/nst081 Advance access article: http://scan.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/nst081?ijkey=ICt4j5Haz8zEWoR&keytype=ref                                                                         

  4. Leipold, K., Vetter, N.C., Dittrich, M., Lehmann-Waffenschmidt, M., & Kliegel, M. (2013). Individual and developmental differences in the Relationship of Preferences and Theory of Mind. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics; CESifo Working Paper No. 4053: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2204970

  5. Mahy, C., Vetter, N.C., Kühn-Popp, N., Löcher, C., Krautschuk, S., & Kliegel, M. (2013). The influence of inhibitory processes and age on theory of mind. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition. (Epub ahead of print April 19) http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13825585.2013.789096                                                                                        free eprint: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DS5Z99itCp7KKSSCEH2N/full

  6. Vetter, N.C., Altgassen, M., Phillips, L.H., Mahy, C., & Kliegel, M. (2013). Development of affective theory of mind across adolescence: disentangling the role of executive functions. Developmental Neuropsychology 38 (2): 114-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/87565641.2012.733786;                                                              free eprint: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Kf3siY6fGGyQIi9V7frI/full

  7. Vetter, N.C., Leipold, K., Kliegel, M., Phillips, L.H., & Altgassen, M. (2012). Ongoing development of social cognition in adolescence. Child Neuropsychology (Epub ahead of print August 31) http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09297049.2012.718324;        free eprint: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/cIXfXwWgM9XIKmgQ6SDV/full


  • Vetter, N.C. (2013). PhD Thesis “Theory of Mind Development in Adolescence and its (Neuro)cognitive Mechanisms”                                                                                  freely available at http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa-110202

  • Vetter, N.C. (2008). Diploma Thesis: „Neural Correlates of Social Gaze Sequences: How Do Men React on Virtual Women. A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Study“

Selected conference abstracts:

  • Vetter, N.C., Pilhatsch, M., Hübner, T., & Smolka, M.N. (2013). Adolescent neurocognitive development of processing emotional distractors. Talk, 43rd annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. (SfN), San Diego, USA.
  • Vetter, N.C., Pilhatsch, M., Hübner, T., & Smolka, M.N. (2013). Neurokognitive Entwicklung von Regulationsmechanismen bei der Wahrnehmung emotionaler Bilder im Jugendalter. Poster, 21. Tagung der Fachgruppe Entwicklungspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPS), Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • Vetter, N.C., Weigelt, S., Döhnel, K., Smolka, M.N., & Kliegel, M. (2012). Neurodevelopmental changes in affective Theory of Mind during adolescence. Talk, 48. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPS), Bielefeld, Germany.
  • Vetter, N.C., Weigelt, S., Döhnel, K., Smolka, M.N., & Kliegel, M. (2012). Is she appalled or appealing? Adolescent neural development of Affective Theory of Mind. Poster, 18th annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Beijing, China. 

  • Vetter, N.C., Weigelt, S., Döhnel, K., Smolka, M.N., & Kliegel, M. (2012). Ongoing development of affective Theory of Mind across adolescence. Talk, European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN), Marseille, France.