Christian Keysers - Publications#


Christian Keysers has published 85 papers. Web of science indicates: h=38, 7700 citations, Google Scholar: h=50, 14875 citations. ISI Essential Science Indicators ranks him in the top1% of neuroscientists based on citations.

In addition, Christian Keysers has published work for the general public, including blogs, chapter in trade books, but above all, a monograph 'the empathic brain', that has been published in English, German, Dutch, Turkish, and is now been translated into Japanese and Italien. This book has won the prize for best science book, by the independent publishers association, and does a notable job of explaining accurately to the general public the implications of his work.

10 most notable peer publications:

Cerliani L; Mennes M; Thomas RM; Di Martino A; Thioux M; Keysers C (in press) Increased functional connectivity between subcortical and cortical resting-state networks in autism spectrum disorder. JAMA Psychiatry. IF=12.0

Keysers C; Gazzola V(2014) Dissociating the ability and propensity for empathy. TICS 18:163-166. IF=22, 11 citations

Meffert H; Gazzola V; den Boer JA; Bartels AAJ; Keysers C(2013) Reduced spontaneous but relatively normal deliberate vicarious representations in psychopathy. Brain 136:2550-2562. IF=9.2, 29 citations

Hasson U; Ghazanfar AA; Galantucci B; Garrod S; Keysers C(2012) Brain-to-brain coupling: a mechanism for creating and sharing a social world. TICS 16:114-121. IF=22, 108 citations

Keysers C; Kaas JH; Gazzola V(2010) Somatosensation in social perception. Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 11:417-428. IF=31.4, 232 citations

Gazzola V; Aziz-Zadeh L; Keysers C(2006) Empathy and the somatotopic auditory mirror system in humans. Curr. Biol. 16:1824-1829. IF=9.6, 315 citations.

Gallese* V; Keysers* C; Rizzolatti* G(2004) A unifying view of the basis of social cognition. TICS 8:396-403. IF=22.0, 806 citations.

Keysers C*; Wicker B*; Gazzola V; Anton JL; Fogassi L; Gallese V(2004) A touching sight: SII/PV activation during the observation and experience of touch. Neuron 42:335-346. IF=15.1, 349 citations.

Wicker B*; Keysers C*; Plailly J; Royet JP; Gallese V; Rizzolatti G(2003) Both of us disgusted in My Insula: The common neural basis of seeing and feeling disgust. Neuron 40:655-664. IF=15.1, 873 citations.

Kohler E*; Keysers C*; Umilta MA; Fogassi L; Gallese V; Rizzolatti G(2002) Hearing sounds understanding actions: Action representation in mirror neurons. Science 297:846-848. IF=33.6, 810 citations.

All publications (for paper 2014 and earlier, numbers of citations to the paper are mentioned in parenthesis)

2016 Zaki J, Wager TD*, Singer T*, Keysers C*, Gazzola, V*. The Anatomy of Suffering: Understanding the relationship between nociceptive and empathic pain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

2016 Etzel J, Valchev N, Gazzola V, Keysers C. Is Brain Activity during Action Observation Modulated by the Perceived Fairness of the Actor? Plos One

in press Keysers C & Gazzola V. A plea for Cross-species Social Neuroscience. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences

2015 Cerliani L, Mennes M, Thomas RM, Di Martino A, Thioux M & Keysers C. Increased functional connectivity between subcortical and cortical resting-state networks in autism spectrum disorder. JAMA Psychiatry 72, 767-777.

2015 Keysers C. The straw man in the brain. Science 347, 240 [book review]]

2015 Müller-Pinzler L, Gazzola V, Keysers C, Sommer J, Jansen A, Frässle S, … Krach S. Neural pathways of embarrassment and their modulation by social anxiety. NeuroImage, 119, 252–261.

2015 Valchev N, Curcic-Blake, B, Renken, RJ, Avenanti, A, Keysers, C, Gazzola, V & Maurits, NM. cTBS delivered to the left somatosensory cortex changes its functional connectivity during rest. NeuroImage 114, 386-397.

2015 Cui F, Abdelgabar, AR, Keysers, C & Gazzola, V. Responsibility modulates pain-matrix activation elicited by the expressions of others in pain. NeuroImage 114, 371-378.

2015 Bos PA, Montoya, ER, Hermans, EJ, Keysers, C & van Honk, J. Oxytocin reduces neural activity in the pain circuitry when seeing pain in others. NeuroImage 113, 217-224.

2015 Valchev N, Zijdewind, I, Keysers, C, Gazzola, V, Avenanti, A & Maurits, NM. Weight dependent modulation of motor resonance induced by weight estimation during observation of partially occluded lifting actions. Neuropsychologia 66, 237-245.

2015 Carrillo M, Migliorati F, Bruls R, Han Y, Heinemans M, Pruis I, … Keysers, C.. Repeated Witnessing of Conspecifics in Pain: Effects on Emotional Contagion. PLOS ONE, 10(9), e0136979.

2015 Thioux M & Keysers C. Object visibility alters the relative contribution of ventral visual stream and mirror neuron system to goal anticipation during action observation. Neuroimage 105, 380-394

2014 Keysers C, Perrett DI & Gazzola V. Hebbian Learning is about contingency, not contiguity, and explains the emergence of predictive mirror neurons. Behav. Brain Sci. 37, 205-206

2014 Keysers C, Meffert H & Gazzola V. Reply: Spontaneous versus deliberate vicarious representations: different routes to empathy in psychopathy and autism. Brain 137

2014 Keysers C & Gazzola V. Dissociating the ability and propensity for empathy. Trends Cogn. Sci. 18, 163-166
2014 Keysers C & Gazzola V. Hebbian learning and predictive mirror neurons for actions, sensations and emotions. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci. 369

2014 Engel A, Hijmans BS, Cerliani L, Bangert M, Nanetti L, Keller PE & Keysers C. Inter-individual differences in audio-motor learning of piano melodies and white matter fiber tract architecture. Hum. Brain Mapp. 35, 2483-2497

2014 (14) Di Martino A, Yan CG, Li Q, Denio E, Castellanos FX, Alaerts K, Anderson JS, Assaf M, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, Deen B, Delmonte S, Dinstein I, Ertl-Wagner B, Fair DA, Gallagher L, Kennedy DP, Keown CL, Keysers C, Lainhart JE, Lord C, Luna B, Menon V, Minshew NJ, Monk CS, Mueller S, Muller RA, Nebel MB, Nigg JT, O'Hearn K, Pelphrey KA, Peltier SJ, Rudie JD, Sunaert S, Thioux M, Tyszka JM, Uddin LQ, Verhoeven JS, Wenderoth N, Wiggins JL, Mostofsky SH & Milham MP. The autism brain imaging data exchange: towards a large-scale evaluation of the intrinsic brain architecture in autism. Mol. Psychiatr. 19, 659-667

2014 Cui F, Arnstein D, Thomas RM, Maurits NM, Keysers C & Gazzola V. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Connectivity Analyses Reveal Efference-Copy to Primary Somatosensory Area, BA2. PLoS One 9

2013 (9) Meffert H, Gazzola V, den Boer JA, Bartels AAJ & Keysers C. Reduced spontaneous but relatively normal deliberate vicarious representations in psychopathy. Brain 136, 2550-2562

2013 (1) Pineda JA, Grichanik M, Williams V, Trieu M, Chang H & Keysers C. EEG sensorimotor correlates of translating sounds into actions. Front. Neurosci. 7

2013 (1) Monfardini E, Gazzola V, Boussaoud D, Brovelli A, Keysers C & Wicker B. Vicarious Neural Processing of Outcomes during Observational Learning. PLoS One 8

2013 (3) Mihov Y, Kendrick KM, Becker B, Zschernack J, Reich H, Maier W, Keysers C & Hurlemann R. Mirroring Fear in the Absence of a Functional Amygdala. Biol. Psychiatry 73, E9-E11

2013 (1) Lee TMC, Sun DL, Leung MK, Chu LW & Keysers C. Neural activities during affective processing in people with Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol. Aging 34, 706-715

2012 (70) Hasson U, Ghazanfar AA, Galantucci B, Garrod S & Keysers C. Brain-to-brain coupling: a mechanism for creating and sharing a social world. Trends Cogn. Sci. 16, 114-121

2012 (22) Gazzola V, Spezio ML, Etzel JA, Castelli F, Adolphs R & Keysers C. Primary somatosensory cortex discriminates affective significance in social touch. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 109, E1657-E1666

2012 (2) Keysers C. The Primate Mind: Built to Connect With Other Minds. Nature 482, 158-159 [book review]

2012 (7) Engel A, Bangert M, Horbank D, Hijmans BS, Wilkens K, Keller PE & Keysers C. Learning piano melodies in visuo-motor or audio-motor training conditions and the neural correlates of their cross-modal transfer. Neuroimage 63, 966-978

2012 (30) Cerliani L, Thomas RM, Jbabdi S, Siero JCW, Nanetti L, Crippa A, Gazzola V, D'Arceuil H & Keysers C. Probabilistic tractography recovers a rostrocaudal trajectory of connectivity variability in the human insular cortex. Hum. Brain Mapp. 33, 2005-2034

2011 (32) Schippers MB, Renken R & Keysers C. The effect of intra- and inter-subject variability of hemodynamic responses on group level Granger causality analyses. Neuroimage 57, 22-36

2011 (30) Schippers MB & Keysers C. Mapping the flow of information within the putative mirror neuron system during gesture observation. Neuroimage 57, 37-44

2011 (9) Quadflieg S, Etzel JA, Gazzola V, Keysers C, Schubert TW, Waiter GD & Macrae CN. Puddles, Parties, and Professors: Linking Word Categorization to Neural Patterns of Visuospatial Coding. J. Cogn. Neurosci. 23, 2636-2649

2011 (14) Kokal I, Engel A, Kirschner S & Keysers C. Synchronized Drumming Enhances Activity in the Caudate and Facilitates Prosocial Commitment - If the Rhythm Comes Easily. PLoS One 6

2011 (1) Keysers C & McKay LS. How to Make Social Neuroscience Social. Psychol. Inq. 22, 210-216

2011 (6) Etzel JA, Valchev N & Keysers C. The impact of certain methodological choices on multivariate analysis of fMRI data with support vector machines. Neuroimage 54, 1159-1167

2011 (17) Bastiaansen JA, Thioux M, Nanetti L, van der Gaag C, Ketelaars C, Minderaa R & Keysers C. Age-Related Increase in Inferior Frontal Gyrus Activity and Social Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biol. Psychiatry 69, 832-838

2011 (20) Bastiaansen JA, Meffert H, Hein S, Huizinga P, Ketelaars C, Pijnenborg M, Bartels A, Minderaa R, Keysers C & de Bildt A. Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults: the Use of Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Module 4. J. Autism Dev. Disord. 41, 1256-1266

2011 (7) Atsak P, Orre M, Bakker P, Cerliani L, Roozendaal B, Gazzola V, Moita M & Keysers C. Experience Modulates Vicarious Freezing in Rats: A Model for Empathy. PLoS One 6

2011 (37) Arnstein D, Cui F, Keysers C, Maurits NM & Gazzola V. mu-Suppression during Action Observation and Execution Correlates with BOLD in Dorsal Premotor, Inferior Parietal, and SI Cortices. J. Neurosci. 31, 14243-14249

2010 (74) Schippers MB, Roebroeck A, Renken R, Nanetti L & Keysers C. Mapping the information flow from one brain to another during gestural communication. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 107, 9388-9393

2010 (12) Kokal I & Keysers C. Granger Causality Mapping during Joint Actions Reveals Evidence for Forward Models That Could Overcome Sensory-Motor Delays. PLoS One 5

2010 (181) Keysers C, Kaas JH & Gazzola V. Somatosensation in social perception. Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 11, 417-428

2010 (24) Keysers C & Gazzola V. Social Neuroscience: Mirror Neurons Recorded in Humans. Curr. Biol. 20, R353-R354

2010 (22) Hurlemann R, Walter H, Rehme AK, Kukolja J, Santoro SC, Schmidt C, Schnell K, Musshoff F, Keysers C, Maier W, Kendrick KM & Onur OA. Human amygdala reactivity is diminished by the beta-noradrenergic antagonist propranolol. Psychol. Med. 40, 1839-1848

2009 (26) Schippers MB, Gazzola V, Goebel R & Keysers C. Playing Charades in the fMRI: Are Mirror and/or Mentalizing Areas Involved in Gestural Communication? PLoS One 4

2009 (31) Perrett DI, Xiao DK, Barraclough NE, Keysers C & Oram MW. Seeing the future: Natural image sequences produce oanticipatoryo neuronal activity and bias perceptual report. Q. J. Exp. Psychol. 62, 2081-2104

2009 (38) Onur OA, Walter H, Schlaepfer TE, Rehme AK, Schmidt C, Keysers C, Maier W & Hurlemann R. Noradrenergic enhancement of amygdala responses to fear. Soc. Cogn. Affect. Neurosci. 4, 119-126

2009 (38) Nanetti L, Cerliani L, Gazzola V, Renken R & Keysers C. Group analyses of connectivity-based cortical parcellation using repeated k-means clustering. Neuroimage 47, 1666-1677

2009 (30) Kokal I, Gazzola V & Keysers C. Acting together in and beyond the mirror neuron system. Neuroimage 47, 2046-2056

2009 (89) Keysers C & Gazzola V. Expanding the mirror: vicarious activity for actions, emotions, and sensations. Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 19, 666-671

2009 (16) Keysers C. Mirror neurons. Curr. Biol. 19, R971-R973

2009 (203) Gazzola V & Keysers C. The Observation and Execution of Actions Share Motor and Somatosensory Voxels in all Tested Subjects: Single-Subject Analyses of Unsmoothed fMRI Data. Cereb. Cortex 19, 1239-1255

2009 (20) Etzel JA, Gazzola V & Keysers C. An introduction to anatomical ROI-based fMRI classification analysis. Brain Res. 1282, 114-125

2009 (64) Del Giudice M, Manera V & Keysers C. Programmed to learn? The ontogeny of mirror neurons. Dev. Sci. 12, 350-363

2009 (95) Bastiaansen J, Thioux M & Keysers C. Evidence for mirror systems in emotions. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci. 364, 2391-2404

2008 (31) Thioux M, Gazzola V & Keysers C. Action understanding: How, what and why. Curr. Biol. 18, R431-R434

2008 (49) Kukolja J, Schlapfer TE, Keysers C, Klingmuller D, Maier W, Fink GR & Hurlemann R. Modeling a Negative Response Bias in the Human Amygdala by Noradrenergic-Glucocorticoid Interactions. J. Neurosci. 28, 12868-12876

2008 (21) Keysers C & Fadiga L. The mirror neuron system: New frontiers. Soc. Neurosci. 3, 193-198

2008 (44) Jabbi M & Keysers C. Inferior Frontal Gyrus Activity Triggers Anterior Insula Response to Emotional Facial Expressions. Emotion 8, 775-780

2008 (98) Jabbi M, Bastiaansen J & Keysers C. A Common Anterior Insula Representation of Disgust Observation, Experience and Imagination Shows Divergent Functional Connectivity Pathways. PLoS One 3

2008 (46) Etzel JA, Gazzola V & Keysers C. Testing Simulation Theory with Cross-Modal Multivariate Classification of fMRI Data. PLoS One 3

2007 (31) van der Gaag C, Minderaa RB & Keysers C. The BOLD signal in the amygdala does not differentiate between dynamic facial expressions. Soc. Cogn. Affect. Neurosci. 2, 93-103

2007 (85) van der Gaag C, Minderaa RB & Keysers C. Facial expressions: What the mirror neuron system can and cannot tell us. Soc. Neurosci. 2, 179-222

2007 (179) Keysers C & Gazzola V. Integrating simulation and theory of mind: from self to social cognition. Trends Cogn. Sci. 11, 194-196

2007 (183) Jabbi M, Swart M & Keysers C. Empathy for positive and negative emotions in the gustatory cortex. Neuroimage 34, 1744-1753

2007 (79) Gazzola V, van der Worp H, Mulder T, Wicker B, Rizzolatti G & Keysers C. Aplasics born without hands mirror the goal of hand actions with their feet. Curr. Biol. 17, 1235-1240

2007 (229) Gazzola V, Rizzolatti G, Wicker B & Keysers C. The anthropomorphic brain: The mirror neuron system responds to human and robotic actions. Neuroimage 35, 1674-1684

2006 (120) Keysers C & Gazzola V Towards a unifying neural theory of social cognition. Understanding Emotions 379-401

2006 (297) Gazzola V, Aziz-Zadeh L & Keysers C. Empathy and the somatotopic auditory mirror system in humans. Curr. Biol. 16, 1824-1829

2005 (26) Keysers C, Xiao DK, Foldiak P & Perrett DI. Out of sight but not out of mind: The neurophysiology of iconic memory in the superior temporal sulcus. Cogn. Neuropsychol. 22, 316-332

2004 (319) Keysers C, Wicker B, Gazzola V, Anton JL, Fogassi L & Gallese V. A touching sight: SII/PV activation during the observation and experience of touch. Neuron 42, 335-346

2004 (267) Keysers C & Perrett DI. Demystifying social cognition: a Hebbian perspective. Trends Cogn. Sci. 8, 501-507

2004 (746) Gallese V, Keysers C & Rizzolatti G. A unifying view of the basis of social cognition. Trends Cogn. Sci. 8, 396-403

2003 (800) Wicker B, Keysers C, Plailly J, Royet JP, Gallese V & Rizzolatti G. Both of us disgusted in My Insula: The common neural basis of seeing and feeling disgust. Neuron 40, 655-664

2003 (180) Keysers C, Kohler E, Umilta MA, Nanetti L, Fogassi L & Gallese V. Audiovisual mirror neurons and action recognition. Exp. Brain Res. 153, 628-636

2003 (8) Foldiak P, Xiao DK, Keysers C, Edwards R & Perrett DI Rapid serial visual presentation for the determination of neural selectivity in area STSa. Roots of Visual Awareness: A Festschrift in Honor of Alan Cowey 107-116

2003 (47) Edwards R, Xiao DK, Keysers C, Foldiak P & Perrett D. Color sensitivity of cells responsive to complex stimuli in the temporal cortex. J. Neurophysiol. 90, 1245-1256

2002 (761) Kohler E, Keysers C, Umilta MA, Fogassi L, Gallese V & Rizzolatti G. Hearing sounds, understanding actions: Action representation in mirror neurons. Science 297, 846-848

2002 (2) Keysers C & Perrett DI. What competition? Response. Trends Cogn. Sci. 6, 119-119

2002 (87) Keysers C & Perrett DI. Visual masking and RSVP reveal neural competition. Trends Cogn. Sci. 6, 120-125

2001 (472) Umilta MA, Kohler E, Gallese V, Fogassi L, Fadiga L, Keysers C & Rizzolatti G. I know what you are doing: A neurophysiological study. Neuron 31, 155-165

2001 (142) Keysers C, Xiao DK, Foldiak P & Perrett DI. The speed of sight. J. Cogn. Neurosci. 13, 90-101

2001 (2) Gallese V & Keysers C. Mirror neurons: A sensorimotor representation system. Behav. Brain Sci. 24, 983-+

2001 (47) Baker CI, Keysers C, Jellema T, Wicker B & Perrett DI. Neuronal representation of disappearing and hidden objects in temporal cortex of the macaque. Exp. Brain Res. 140, 375-381

2000 (20) Keysers C, Diekamp B & Gunturkun O. Evidence for physiological asymmetries in the intertectal connections of the pigeon (Columba livia) and their potential role in brain lateralisation. Brain Res. 852, 406-413

1999 (17) Schall U, Keysers C & Kast B. Pharmacology of sensory gating in the ascending auditory system of the pigeon (Columba livia). Psychopharmacology 145, 273-282

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