Selected Publications


Schillings, C., Meißner, E., Erb, B., Bendig, E., Schultchen, D., & Pollatos, O. (2024). The effects of a chatbot-based intervention on stress and health-related parameters in a stressed sample. JMIR Mental Health. Advance online publication.

Rapp, L., & Pollatos, O. (2024). Examining parental stress and its link to hair cortisol and DHEA levels in kindergartners. Psychology & Health, 1–25.

Jasmin Schultze,  Sara A. Hajian,  Sandra Mai-Lippold,  Olga Pollatos. Enhancing Interoceptive Abilities and Emotional Processing: Effects of HD-tDCS. J. Integr. Neurosci. 2024, 23(1), 8.

Mai-Lippold, S. A., Schultze, J., & Pollatos, O. (2024). Interoceptive abilities impairment correlates with emotional eating and taste abnormalities in children with overweight and obesity. Appetite, 194, 107182.


Figalová, N., Bieg, H. J., Reiser, J. E., Liu, Y. C., Baumann, M., Chuang, L., & Pollatos, O. (2023). From Driver to Supervisor: Comparing Cognitive Load and EEG-based Attention Allocation across Automation Levels. arXiv preprint arXiv:2306.08477.

Rapp, L., Mai-Lippold, S. A., Georgiou, E., & Pollatos, O. (2023). Elevated EEG heartbeat-evoked potentials in adolescents with more ADHD symptoms. Biological Psychology, 108698.

Schillings C, Meissner D, Erb B, Schultchen D, Bendig E, Pollatos O. (2023). A chatbot-based intervention with ELME to improve stress and health-related parameters in a stressed sample: Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. Front Digit Health, 5:1046202.

Pollatos, O., Mönkemöller, K., Groppe, K., & Elsner, B. (2023). Interoceptive accuracy is associated with benefits in decision making in children. Frontiers in Psychology, 13.


Schnabel, K. & Pollatos, O. (2022). Alexithymia increases effects of ego-depletion. Frontiers psychiatry, Frontiers psychiatry, 13:970244.

Figalová, N., Chuang, L. L., Pichen, J., Baumann, M., & Pollatos, O. (2022). Ambient light conveying reliability improves drivers’ takeover performance without increasing mental workload. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 6(9), 73.

Schillings, C., Karanassios, G., Schulte, N., Schultchen, D., & Pollatos, O. (2022). The Effects of a 3-Week Heartbeat Perception Training on Interoceptive Abilities. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 16.

Riemer, V., Schrader, C., & Pollatos, O. (2022). Prävention von Ballsportunfällen an Schulen mittels eines „serious game “: Konzeptvorstellung und begleitende Evaluation. Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung, 17(3), 291-298.


Schillings, C., Schultchen, D., & Pollatos, O. (2021). Effects of a single yoga session on cardiac interoceptive accuracy and emotional experience. Brain Sciences, 11(12), 1572.

Karanassios, G., Schultchen, D., Möhrle, M., Berberich, G., & Pollatos, O. (2021). The effects of a standardized cognitive-behavioural therapy and an additional mindfulness-based training on interoceptive abilities in a depressed cohort. Brain Sciences, 11(10), 1355.

Kieslinger, K., Wartha, O., Pollatos, O., Steinacker, J. M., & Kobel, S. (2021). Parental Self-Efficacy—A Predictor of Children's Health Behaviors? Its Impact on Children's Physical Activity and Screen Media Use and Potential Interaction Effect Within a Health Promotion Program. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 712796.

Weineck, F., Schultchen, D., Dunker, F., Hauke, G., Lachenmeir, K., Schnebel, A., ... & Pollatos, O. (2021). Discrepancies between explicit feelings of power and implicit Power motives are related to anxiety in women with anorexia nervosa. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 618650.

Schultchen, D., Schneider, C., Berberich, G., Zaudig, M., Erle, T. M., & Pollatos, O. (2021). On the relationship of interoceptive accuracy and attention: a controlled study with depressed inpatients and a healthy cohort. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 597488.

Ferentzi, E., Geiger, M., Mai-Lippold, S.A., Köteles, F., Montag, C. & Pollatos, O. (2021). Interaction between sex and cardiac interoceptive accuracy in measures of induced pain. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:577961, 1-10.


Mai-Lippold, S.A., Dettlinger, C.M., Khalsa, S. S. & Pollatos, O. (2020). A Pilot Study on the Effect of an Energy Drink on Interoception in High vs. Low Anxiety Sensitivity Individuals. European Journal of Health Psychology, 27(4), 171–187.

Ainley, V., Tsakiris, M., Pollatos, O., Schulz, A., & Herbert, B. M. (2020). Comment on "Zamariola et al. (2018), Interoceptive Accuracy Scores are Problematic: Evidence from Simple Bivariate Correlations" - The empirical data base, the conceptual reasoning and the analysis behind this statement are misconceived and do not support the authors' conclusions. Biological Psychology, 152, 107870.

Erle, T. M., Mitschke, V., & Schultchen, D. (2020). Did my heart just leap or sink? The role of personality for the relation between cardiac interoception and well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 110493.

Küchler, A.-M., Schultchen, D., Pollatos, O., Moshagen, M., Ebert, D. D., & Baumeister, H. (2020). Studicare mindfulness-study protocol of a randomized controlled trial evaluating an internet- and mobile-based intervention for college students with no and "on demand" guidance. Trials, 21(1), 975.

Leonidou, C., Pollatos, O., & Panayiotou, G. (2020). Emotional responses to illness imagery in young adults: Effects of attention to somatic sensations and levels of illness anxiety. Biological Psychology, 149, 107812.

Pannicke, B., Reichenberger, J., Schultchen, D., Pollatos, O., & Blechert, J. (2020). Affect Improvements and Measurement Concordance Between a Subjective and an Accelerometric Estimate of Physical Activity. European Journal of Health Psychology, 27(2), 66–75.

Pollatos, O., Georgiou, E., Kobel, S., Schreiber, A., Dreyhaupt, J., & Steinacker, J. M. (2020). Trait-Based Emotional Intelligence, Body Image Dissatisfaction, and HRQoL in Children. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 973.

Schultchen, D., Küchler, A.-M., Schillings, C., Weineck, F., Karabatsiakis, A., Ebert, D. D., . . . Pollatos, O. (2020). Effectiveness of a guided online mindfulness-focused intervention in a student population: Study protocol for a randomised control trial. BMJ Open, 10(3), e032775.

Schultchen, D., Terhorst, Y., Holderied, T., Stach, M., Messner, E.-M., Baumeister, H., & Sander, L. B. (2020). Stay Present with Your Phone: A Systematic Review and Standardized Rating of Mindfulness Apps in European App Stores. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Terhorst, Y., Philippi, P., Sander, L. B., Schultchen, D., Paganini, S., Bardus, M., . . . Messner, E.-M. (2020). Validation of the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS). PLOS ONE, 15(11), e0241480.

Weineck, F., Hauke, G., Lindemann, H., Lachenmeir, K., Schnebel, A., Karačić, M., . . . Pollatos, O. (2020). Using bodily postures in the treatment of anorexia nervosa: Effects of power posing on interoception and affective states. European Eating Disorders Review. Advance online publication.

Weineck, F., Schultchen, D., Hauke, G., Messner, M., & Pollatos, O. (2020). Using bodily postures to reduce anxiety and improve interoception: A comparison between powerful and neutral poses. PLOS ONE, 15(12), e0242578.

Zimprich, D., Nusser, L., & Pollatos, O. (2020). Are interoceptive accuracy scores from the heartbeat counting task problematic? A comment on Zamariola et al. (2018). Biological Psychology, 152, 107868.


Mai, S., Braun, J., Probst, V., Kammer, T., & Pollatos, O. (2019). Changes in emotional processing following interoceptive network stimulation with rTMS. Neuroscience.

Schultchen, D., Bayer, J., Kühnel, J., Melchers, K. G., & Pollatos, O. (2019). Interoceptive accuracy is related to long-term stress via self-regulation. Psychophysiology, 49(3), e13429.

Schultchen, D., Messner, M., Karabatsiakis, A., Schillings, C., & Pollatos, O. (2019). Effects of an 8-week body scan intervention on individually perceived psychological stress and related steroid hormones in hair. Mindfulness, 892(5), 297.

Schultchen, D., Reichenberger, J., Mittl, T., Weh, T. R. M., Smyth, J. M., Blechert, J., & Pollatos, O. (2019). Bidirectional relationship of stress and affect with physical activity and healthy eating. British Journal of Health Psychology.

Schultchen, D., Zaudig, M., Krauseneck, T., Berberich, G., & Pollatos, O. (2019). Interoceptive deficits in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder in the time course of cognitive-behavioral therapy. PloS One, 14(5), e0217237.

Weineck, F., Messner, M., Hauke, G., & Pollatos, O. (2019). Improving interoceptive ability through the practice of power posing: A pilot study. PLOS ONE, 14(2), e0211453.


Fischer, D., Strunz, E. & Walter, G. (2018). Biopsychosoziale Auswirkungen moderner Arbeitsplatzkonzepte. In D. Matusiewicz, V. Nürnberg & S. Nobis (Eds.), Gesundheit und Arbeit 4.0. Wenn Digitalisierung auf Mitarbeitergesundheit trifft. Heidelberg: medhochzwei Verlag.

Georgiou, E., Mai, S., Fernandez, K., C., & Pollatos, O. (2018). I see neither your Fear, nor your Sadness - Interoception in adolescents. Consciousness and Cognition, 60, 52-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2018.02.011

Khalsa, S. S., Adolphs, R., Cameron, O. G., Critchley, H. D., Davenport, P. W., Feinstein, J. S., et al. (2018). Interoception and Mental Health: a Roadmap. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

Mai, S., Wong, C. K., Georgiou, E., & Pollatos, O. (2018). Interoception is associated with heartbeat-evoked brain potentials (HEPs) in adolescents. Biological Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2018.06.007

Pollatos, O. & Fischer, D. (2018). Interozeption. In C.-W. Kohlmann, C. Salewski & M. A. Wirtz (Eds.), Psychologie in der Gesundheitsförderung. Bern: Hogrefe.

Prinz, N., Bohn, B., Kern, A., Püngel, D., Pollatos, O., Holl, R. W. (2018). Feasibility and relative validity of a digital photo-based dietary assessment: Results from the Nutris-Phone study. Public Health Nutrition, 1-8. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980018000344

Reichenberger, J., Richard, A., Smyth, J. M., Fischer, D., Pollatos, O., & Blechert, J. (2018). It's craving time: time of day effects on momentary hunger and food craving in daily life. Nutrition. DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2018.03.048

Schubert, L., Walter, G., Fischer, D. & Merkwitz, R. (2018). Shared Leadership - Erfolgsfaktoren und Herausforderungen geteilter Führungspositionen. In D. Matusiewicz, V. Nürnberg & S. Nobis (Eds.), Gesundheit und Arbeit 4.0. Wenn Digitalisierung auf Mitarbeitergesundheit trifft. Heidelberg: medhochzwei Verlag.


Fischer, D., Messner, M., & Pollatos, O. (2017). Improvement of Interoceptive Processes after an 8-Week Body Scan Intervention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 452. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00452

Pollatos, O., & Kammer, T. (2017). Reply to Coll et al.‘Important methodological issues regarding the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to investigate interoceptive processing’(2017). Philosophical Transactions Royal Society B, 372: (1721), 20170046. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0046


Fischer, D., Berberich, G., Zaudig, M., Krauseneck, T., Weiss, S., & Pollatos, O. (2016). Interoceptive Processes in Anorexia Nervosa in the Time Course of
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: A Pilot Study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 7, 199. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00199

Georgiou, E., Mai, S., & Pollatos, O. (2016). Describe Your Feelings: Body Illusion Related to Alexithymia in Adolescence. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01690

Ohl, S., Wohltat, C., Kliegl, R., Pollatos, O., & Engbert, R. (2016). Microsaccades are coupled to heartbeat. Journal of Neuroscience, 36, 1237-1241. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2211-15.2016

Pittino, F., Mai, S., Huckauf, A., & Pollatos, O. (2016). Effects of Hunger on Sympathetic Activation and Attentional Processes for Physiological Computing. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems, Lisbon, Portugal (pp.152-160). Portugal: Scitepress.

Pollatos, O. (2016). The role of the body from the inside for embodied cognition. In Y.Coello & M. H. Fischer (Eds.), Perceptual and emotional embodiment (pp. 262-278). New York: Routledge.

Pollatos, O., & Georgiou, E. (2016). Normal interoceptive accuracy in women with bulimia nervosa. Psychiatry Research, 240, 328-332. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.04.072

Pollatos, O., Herbert, B. M., Berberich, G., Zaudig, M., Krauseneck, T., & Tsakiris, M. (2016). Atypical Self-Focus Effect on Interoceptive Accuracy in Anorexia Nervosa. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00484

Pollatos, O., Herbert, B. M., Mai, S., & Kammer, T. (2016). Changes in interoceptive processes following brain stimulation. Philosophical Transactions Royal Society B, 371(1708), 20160016. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0016

Prinz, N., Bohn, B., Püngel, D., Beisel, S., Pollatos, O., & Holl, R. W. (2016). Digitale Erfassung des Ernährungsverhaltens bei Typ 1 Diabetes–erste Ergebnisse und Ausblick der Nutris-Phone Studie. Diabetologie und Stoffwechsel, 11(S 01), P100. DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1580847


Georgiou, E., Matthias, E., Kobel, S., Kettner, S., Dreyhaupt, J., Steinacker, J. M., & Pollatos. O. (2015). Interaction of physical activity and interoception in children. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00502

Gottwald, Janna M., Elsner, B., & Pollatos, O. (2015). Good is up-spatial metaphors in action observation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01605

Grynberg, D., & Pollatos, O. (2015). Perceiving one's body shapes empathy. Physiology & Behavior, 140, 54-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.12.026

Grynberg, D., & Pollatos, O. (2015). Alexithymia modulates the experience of the rubber hand illusion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9(357). DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00357

Horndasch, S., Heinrich, H., Kratz, O., Mai, S., Graap, H., & Moll, G. H. (2015). Perception and evaluation of women’s bodies in adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience265(8), 677-687. DOI: 10.1007/s00406-015-0603-3

Kever, A., Pollatos, O., Vermeulen, N., & Grynberg, D. (2015). Interoceptive sensitivity facilitates both antecedent- and response-focused emotion regulation strategies. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 20-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.07.014

Koch, A., & Pollatos, O. (2015). Reduced facial emotion recognition in overweight and obese children. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(6), 635-639. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.06.005

Mai, S., Gramann, K., Herbert, B. M., Friederich, H. C., Warschburger, P., & Pollatos, O. (2015). Electrophysiological evidence for an attentional bias in processing body stimuli in bulimia nervosa. Biological Psychology, 108, 105-114. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.03.013

Pollatos, O., Dietel, A., Gündel, H., & Duschek, S. (2015). Alexithymic trait, painful heat stimulation, and everyday pain experience. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00139

Pollatos, O., Matthias, E., & Keller, J. (2015). When interoception helps to overcome negative feelings caused by social exclusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00786

Traut-Mattausch, E., Wagner, S., Pollatos, O., & Jonas, E. (2015). Complaints as starting point for vicious cycles in customer-employee-interactions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01454


Herbert, B.M., & Pollatos, O. (2014). Attenuated interoceptive sensitivity in overweight and obese individuals. Eating Behaviors, 15(3), 445-448. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeth.2014.06.006

Koch, A., Matthias, E., & Pollatos, O. (2014). Increased attentional bias towards food pictures in overweight and obese children. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour, 2(2), 1000130.

Koch, A., & Pollatos, O. (2014). Cardiac sensitivity in children: Sex differences and its relationship to parameters of emotional processing. Psychophysiology, 51(9), 932-941. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12233

Matthias, E., & Pollatos, O. (2014). Why Does My Body Hurt? Somatoform Disorders and Pain. In S. Marchand, I. Gaumond & D. Saravane (Eds.), Mental Health and Pain (S. 173-181). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.

Pollatos, O., Laubrock, J., & Wittmann, M. (2014). Interoceptive focus shapes the experience of time. PloS one, 9(1):e0086934. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086934

Pollatos, O., Yeldesbay, A., Pikovsky, A., & Rosenblum, M. (2014). How much time has passed? Ask your heart. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 8, 15. DOI: 10.3389/fnbot.2014.00015

Weiss, S., Sack, M., Henningsen, P., & Pollatos, O. (2014). On the interaction of self-regulation, interoception and pain perception. Psychopathology, 47(6), 37-382. DOI: 10.1159/000365107


Blechert, J., Goltsche, J. E., Herbert, B. M., & Wilhelm, F. H. (2014). Eat your troubles away: Electrocortical and experiential correlates of food image processing are related to emotional eating style and emotional state. Biological Psychology96, 94-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.12.007

Enck, P., Hefner, J., Herbert, B. M., Mazurak, N., Weimer, K., Muth, E. R., ... & Martens, U. (2013). Sensitivity and Specificity of Hypnosis Effects on Gastric Myoelectrical Activity. PloS one8(12), e83486. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083486

Füstös, J., Gramann, K., Herbert, B. M., & Pollatos, O. (2012). On the embodiment of emotion regulation: interoceptive awareness facilitates reappraisal. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience8(8), 911-917. DOI: 10.1093/scan/nss089


Herbert, B. M., & Pollatos, O. (2012). The body in the mind: on the relationship between interoception and embodiment. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4(4), 692-704. DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2012.01189.x

Herbert, B. M., Herbert, C., Pollatos, O., Weimer, K., Enck, P., Sauer, H., & Zipfel, S. (2012). Effects of short-term food deprivation on interoceptive awareness, feelings and autonomic cardiac activity. Biological Psychology, 89(1), 71-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.09.004

Herbert, B. M., Muth, E. R., Pollatos, O., & Herbert, C. (2012). Interoception across modalities: on the relationship between cardiac awareness and the sensitivity for gastric functions. PloS one, 7(5), e36646. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036646

Kühnpast, N., Gramann, K., & Pollatos, O. (2012). Electrophysiologic evidence for multilevel deficits in emotional face processing in patients with bulimia nervosa. Psychosomatic Medicine74(7), 736-744. DOI: 10.1097./PSY.0b013e31825ca15a

Pollatos, O., Füstös, J., & Critchley, H. D. (2012). On the generalised embodiment of pain: how interoceptive sensitivity modulates cutaneous pain perception. Pain153(8), 1680-1686. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2012.04.030

Pollatos, O. & Gramann, K. (2012). Attenuated modulation of brain activity accompanies emotion regulation deficits in alexithymia. Psychophysiology, 49 (5), 651-658. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01348x 


Pollatos, O., Dietel, A., Herbert, B.M., Wankner, S., Wachsmuth, C., Henningsen, P. & Sack, M. (2011). Blunted autonomic reactivity and increased pain tolerance in somatoform patients. Pain, 152(9), 2157-2164. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.05.024

Pollatos, O. & Gramann, K. (2011). Electrophysiological evidence of early processing deficits in alexithymia. Biological Psychology, 87(1), 113-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.02.016

Pollatos, O., Werner, N.S., Duschek, S., Schandry, R., Matthias, E. & Herbert, B.M. (2011). Differential effects of alexithymia subscales on autonomic reactivity and anxiety during social stress. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 70(6), 525-533. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychores.2010.12.003 

Herbert, B.M., Herbert, C. & Pollatos, O. (2011). On the relationship between interoceptive awareness and alexithymia: Is interoceptive awareness related to emotional awareness? Journal of Personality, 79(5), 1149-1175. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00717.x 

Pollatos, O., Herbert, B.M., Wankner, S., Dietel, A., Wachsmuth, C., Henningsen, P. & Sack, M. (2011). Autonomic imbalance is associated with reduced facial recognition in somatoform disorders. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71(4), 232-239. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychores.2011.03.012

Pollatos, O. & Gramann, K. (2012). Attenuated modulation of brain activity accompanies emotion regulation deficits in alexithymia. Psychophysiology, 49(5), 651-658. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01348.x

Pollatos, O., Herbert, B.M., Füstös, J., Weimer, K., Enck, P. & Zipfel, S. (2011). Food deprivation sensitizes pain perception. Journal of Psychophysiology, 26, 1-9. DOI: 10.1027/0269-8803/a000062