Carolina Pletti, PhD


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

T: +43-1-4277-47471


Office: 01.53


Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Liebiggasse 5

1010 Vienna

 Research Interests

  • Neural and behavioral mechanism and correlates of laughter
  • Neural correlates of moral judgment
  • Social and moral development

 Professional Experience

Seit 1/2022 University of Vienna
Research associate (Postdoc), Developmental Psychology
2016 - 2021LMU Munich, Research associate (PostDoc), Developmental Psychology Unit (Lehrstuhl für Entwicklungspsychologie)

University of Vienna
Visiting PhD student, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit.

2013 - 2015University of Padova, Predoctoral researcher, Department of General Psychology


2016Ph.D., Psychology
University of Padova
2011 Master degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
University of Padova

Bachelor degree in Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationships
University of Padova

 Awards and Stipends

02/2021Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship
European Commission
11/2019Junior Researcher Fund
LMU Excellent Initiative
07/2019Mission Award for improving psychological science in the face of challende, as contributor to the ManyBabies1- Collaboration
Society for Improvement of Psychological Science
09/2014Best Presentation Award for Young Researchers
Italian Psychological Association, Experimental Psychology Branch
11/2012Pre-Doctoral Scholarship
Italian Ministry of Education


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Pletti C, Paulus M, Decety J. Neural processing of moral content reflects moral identity in 10‐year‐old children. Developmental Science. 2022 Jul;25(4):e13232. Epub 2022 Jan 11. doi: 10.1111/desc.13232


Nijssen SRR, Pletti C, Paulus M, Muller BCN. Does agency matter? Neural processing of robotic movements in 4-and 8-year olds. Neuropsychologia. 2021 Jul 16;157:107853. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2021.107853

Sticker R, Christner N, Pletti C, Paulus M. The moral self-concept in preschool children: Its dimensions and relation to prosocial behaviors. Cognitive Development. 2021 Apr;58:101033. doi: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2021.101033



Pletti C, Decety J, Paulus M. Moral identity relates to the neural processing of third-party moral behavior. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2019 Apr;14(4):435–445. Epub 2019 Mar 11. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsz016


Rütgen M, Seidel E-M, Pletti C, Riečanský I, Gartus A, Eisenegger C et al. Psychopharmacological modulation of event-related potentials suggests that first-hand pain and empathy for pain rely on similar opioidergic processes. Neuropsychologia. 2018 Jul 31;116(A):5-14. Epub 2017 Apr 21. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.04.023


Cellini N, Lotto L, Pletti C, Sarlo M. Daytime REM sleep affects emotional experience but not decision choices in moral dilemmas. Scientific Reports. 2017 Sep 11;7(1):11059. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11530-4


Pletti C, Lotto L, Tasso A, Sarlo M. Will I Regret It? Anticipated Negative Emotions Modulate Choices in Moral Dilemmas. Frontiers in Psychology. 2016 Dec 6;7:1918. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01918


Pletti C, Dalmaso M, Sarlo M, Galfano G. Gaze cuing of attention in snake phobic women: the influence of facial expression. Frontiers in Psychology. 2015 Apr 20;6:454. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00454