dhr. prof. dr. C.M. (Christian) Keysers

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Brain & Cognition
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 0.09
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15915
    1001 NK  Amsterdam
  • C.M.Keysers@uva.nl


  • Keysers, C. M., & Gazzola, V. (2016). A Plea for Cross-species Social Neuroscience. CURR TOP BEHAV Neurosci. DOI: 10.1007/7854_2016_439 [details]
  • Etzel, J. A., Valchev, N., Gazzola, V., & Keysers, C. M. (2016). Is Brain Activity during Action Observation Modulated by the Perceived Fairness of the Actor? PLoS One, 11(1), [e0145350]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145350 [details] [PDF]
  • Valchev, N., Gazzola, V., Avenanti, A., & Keysers, C. (2016). Primary somatosensory contribution to action observation brain activity—combining fMRI and cTBS. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(8), 1205-1217. DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsw029 [details] [PDF]
  • Zaki, J., Wager, T. D., Singer, T., Keysers, C., & Gazzola, V. (2016). The Anatomy of Suffering: Understanding the Relationship between Nociceptive and Empathic Pain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(4), 249-259. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2016.02.003 [details]


  • Keysers, C. (2015). The straw man in the brain [Review of: G. Hickok (2014) The myth of mirror neurons: the real neuroscience of communication and cognition]. Science, 347(6219), 240. DOI: 10.1126/science.1259030 [details]
  • Müller-Pinzler, L., Gazzola, V., Keysers, C., Sommer, J., Jansen, A., Frässle, S., ... Krach, S. (2015). Neural pathways of embarrassment and their modulation by social anxiety. NeuroImage, 119, 252-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.06.036 [details]
  • Suttrup, J., Keysers, C. M., & Thioux, M. (2015). The role of the theory of mind network in action observation: an rTMS study. Brain Stimulation, 8(2), 415-416. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2015.01.326 [details]
  • Carrillo, M., Migliorati, F., Bruls, R., Han, Y., Heinemans, M., Pruis, I., ... Keysers, C. (2015). Repeated Witnessing of Conspecifics in Pain. PLoS One, 10(9), [e0136979]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136979 [details]
  • Cui, F., Abdelgabar, A-R., Keysers, C., & Gazzola, V. (2015). Responsibility modulates pain-matrix activation elicited by the expressions of others in pain. NeuroImage, 114, 371-378. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.03.034 [details]
  • Gallo, S., Lammes, B., Keysers, C., & Gazzola, V. (2015). Individual respond to stimulation does matter: Combining bi-hemispheric hd tdcs and sep in empathy for pain. Brain Stimulation, 8(2), 351. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2015.01.134 [details]
  • Valchev, N., Zijdewind, I., Keysers, C., Gazzola, V., Avenanti, A., & Maurits, N. M. (2015). Weight dependent modulation of motor resonance induced by weight estimation during observation of partially occluded lifting actions. Neuropsychologia, 66, 237-245. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.11.030 [details]
  • Valchev, N., Ćurčić-Blake, B., Renken, R. J., Avenanti, A., Keysers, C., Gazzola, V., & Maurits, N. M. (2015). cTBS delivered to the left somatosensory cortex changes its functional connectivity during rest. NeuroImage, 114, 386-397. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.04.017 [details]


  • Keysers, C., & Gazzola, V. (2014). Dissociating the ability and propensity for empathy. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(4), 163-166. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.12.011 [details]


  • Bos, P. A., Montoya, E. R., Hermans, E. J., Keysers, C., & van Honk, J. (2015). Oxytocin reduces neural activity in the pain circuitry when seeing pain in others. NeuroImage, 113, 217-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.03.049 [details]
  • Cerliani, L., Mennes, M., Thomas, R. M., Di Martino, A., Thioux, M., & Keysers, C. (2015). Increased Functional Connectivity Between Subcortical and Cortical Resting-State Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorder. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(8), 767-777. DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0101 [details]
  • Thioux, M., & Keysers, C. (2015). Object visibility alters the relative contribution of ventral visual stream and mirror neuron system to goal anticipation during action observation. NeuroImage, 105, 380-394. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.10.035 [details]


  • Keysers, C., Meffert, H., & Gazzola, V. (2014). Reply. Brain, 137(4), [e273]. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awt376 [details]
  • Keysers, C., Perrett, D. I., & Gazzola, V. (2014). Hebbian Learning is about contingency, not contiguity, and explains the emergence of predictive mirror neurons. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(2), 205-206. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X13002343 [details]
  • Keysers, C., & Gazzola, V. (2014). Hebbian learning and predictive mirror neurons for actions, sensations and emotions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences, 369(1644), [20130175]. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0175 [details]
  • Cui, F., Arnstein, D., Thomas, R. M., Maurits, N. M., Keysers, C., & Gazzola, V. (2014). Functional magnetic resonance imaging connectivity analyses reveal efference-copy to primary somatosensory area, BA2. PLoS One, 9(1), [e84367]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084367 [details]
  • Di Martino, A., Yan, C-G., Li, Q., Denio, E., Castellanos, F. X., Alaerts, K., ... Milham, M. P. (2014). The autism brain imaging data exchange. Molecular Psychiatry, 19(6), 659-667. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2013.78 [details]
  • Engel, A., Hijmans, B. S., Cerliani, L., Bangert, M., Nanetti, L., Keller, P. E., & Keysers, C. (2014). Inter-individual differences in audio-motor learning of piano melodies and white matter fiber tract architecture. Human Brain Mapping, 35(5), 2483-2497. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.22343 [details]


  • Lee, T. M., Sun, D., Leung, M. K., Chu, L. W., & Keysers, C. (2013). Neural activities during affective processing in people with Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 34, 706-715. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2012.06.018 [details]
  • Meffert, H., Gazzola, V., den Boer, J. A., Bartels, A. A. J., & Keysers, C. (2013). Reduced spontaneous but relatively normal deliberate vicarious representations in psychopathy. Brain, 136, 2550-2562. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awt190 [details]
  • Mihov, Y., Kendrick, K. M., Becker, B., Zschemack, J., Reich, H., Maier, W., ... Hurleman, R. (2013). Mirror fear in the absence of a functional amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 73, 9-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.10.029 [details]
  • Monfardini, E., Gazzola, V., Boussaoud, D., Brovelli, A., Keysers, C., & Wicker, B. (2013). Vicarious neural processing of outcomes during observational learning. PLoS One, 8, 73879. [details]
  • Pineda, J. A., Grichanik, M., Williams, V., Trieu, M., Chang, H., & Keysers, C. (2013). EEG sensorimotor correlates of translating souds into actions. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7, 203. DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00203 [details]


  • Gazzola, V., Spezio, M. L., Etzel, J. A., Cstelli, F., Adolphs, R., & Keysers, C. (2012). Primary somatosensory cortex discriminates affective significance in social touch. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109, 1657-1666. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1113211109 [details]
  • Keysers, C. (2012). Primate cognition: copy that [Review of: F.B.M. de Waal, P.F. Ferrari (2012) The primate mind: built to connect with other minds]. Nature, 482(7384), 158-159. DOI: 10.1038/482158a [details]
  • Cerliani, L., Thomas, R. M., Jbabdi, S., Siero, J. C. W., Nanetti, L., Crippa, A., ... Keysers, C. (2012). Probabilistic tractography recovers a rostrocaudal trajectory of connectivity variability in the human insular cortex. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 2005-2034. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.21338 [details]
  • Engel, A., Bangert, M., Horbank, D., Hijmans, B. S., Wilkens, K., Keller, P. E., & Keysers, C. (2012). Learning piano melodies in visuo-motor or audio-motor training conditions and the neural correlates of their cross-modal transfer. NeuroImage, 63, 966-978. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.03.038 [details]
  • Hasson, U., Ghazanfar, A. A., Galantucci, B., Garrod, S., & Keysers, C. (2012). Brain-to-brain coupling: a mechanism for creating and sharing a social world. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16, 114-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2011.12.007 [details]


  • Keysers, C., & McKay, L. S. (2011). How to make social neuroscience social. Psychological Inquiry, 22, 210-216. DOI: 10.1080/1047840X.2011.567960 [details]
  • Arnstein, D., Cui, F., Keysers, C., Maurits, N. M., & Gazzola, V. (2011). {micro}-Suppression during action observation and execution correlates with BOLD in dorsal premotor, inferior parietal and SI cortices. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 14243-14249. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0963-11.2011 [details]
  • Atsak, P., Orre, M., Bakker, P., Cerliani, L., Roozendaal, B., Gazzola, V., ... Keysers, C. (2011). Experience modulates vicarious freezing in rats: a model for empathy. PLoS One, 6, 21855. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0021855 [details]
  • Bastiaansen, J. A., Meffert, H., Hein, S., Huizinga, P., Ketelaars, C., Pijnenborg, M., ... De Bildt, A. (2011). Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders in adults: the use of autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS) module4. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders, 41, 1256-1266. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-010-1157-x [details]
  • Bastiaansen, J. A., Thioux, M., Nanettia, L., Van der Gaag, C., Ketelaars, C., Minderaa, R., & Keysers, C. (2011). Age-related increase in inferior frontal gyrus activity and social functioning in autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 69, 832-838. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2010.11.007 [details]
  • Etzel, J. A., Valchev, N., & Keysers, C. (2011). The impact of certain methodological choices on multivariate analysis of fMRI data with support vector machines. NeuroImage, 54, 1159-1167. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.08.050 [details]
  • Quadvlieg, S., Etzel, J. A., Gazzola, V., Keysers, C., Schubert, T. W., Waiter, G. D., & Macrae, C. N. (2011). Puddles, parties, and professors: linking word categorization to neural patterns of visuospatial coding. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 2636-2649. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2011.21628 [details]
  • Schippers, M. B., Renken, R., & Keysers, C. (2011). The effect of intra- and inter-subject variability of hemodynamic responses on group level Granger CAusality analyses. NeuroImage, 57, 22-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.02.008 [details]
  • Schippers, M. B., & Keysers, C. (2011). Mapping the flow of information within the putative mirror neuron system during gesture observation. NeuroImage, 57, 37-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.02.018 [details]


  • Keysers, C., Kaas, J. H., & Gazzola, V. (2010). Somatosensation in social perception. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11, 417-428. DOI: 10.1038/nrn2833 [details]
  • Keysers, C., & Gazzola, V. (2010). Social neuroscience: mirror neurons recorded in humans. Current Biology, 20, 353-354. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.03.013 [details]
  • Hurlemann, R., Walter, H., Rehme, A. K., Kukolja, J., Santoro, S. C., Schmidt, C., ... Onur, O. A. (2010). Human amygdala reactivity is diminished by the beta-noradrenergic antagonist propranolol. Psychological Medicine, 40, 1839-1848. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291709992376 [details]
  • Kokal, I., & Keysers, C. (2010). Granger causality mapping during joint actions reveals evidence for forward models that could overcome sensory-motor delays. PLoS One, 5, [13507]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013507 [details]
  • Schippers, M. B., Roebroeck, A., Renken, R., Nanettia, L., & Keysers, C. (2010). Mapping the information flow from one brain to another during gestural communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107, 9388-9393. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1001791107 [details]
  • Thioux, M., & Keysers, C. (2010). Empathy: shared circuits and their dysfunctions. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 12, 546-552. [details]



  • Keysers, C. (2012): IPPY prize for the best science book, "The Empathic Brain".
  • Keysers, Christian (2004): Marie Curie Excellence Award.

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • Keysers, C.M. (member) (2016): Academia Europaea (External organisation).
  • Keysers, Christian (member) (2014-): Young Academy of Europe (External organisation).


  • Keysers, C.M. (editor) (2012): Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences (Journal).
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