Katharina V. Wellstein

PhD Student



Translational Neuromodeling Unit
Institute of Biomedical Engineering
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich
Wilfriedstrasse 6
8032 Zurich

WIL H-303
+41 44 634 91 09


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2014 -2017: Master of Science in Psychology (105 ECTS), Subject: Social Psychology, University of Zurich. Minor: Historical Sciences.

Master Thesis: Models of Perspective Taking: A Window to Persecutory Delusions. Supervisor: Dr. Andreea O. Diaconescu (TNU), Co-Supervisior: Prof. Dr. Johannes Ullrich (UZH Social Psychology). Project Sponsor: Prof. Dr. Klaas Enno Stephan.

2013 - 2014: Internship at Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology - Chronobiology and Sleep Research:  Assisting in data acquisition of following project: Inter-individual and intra-individual variation of the effects of pulsed RF EMF exposure on the human sleep EEG. Supervisor: Dr. Laura Tüshaus. Sponsor: Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann.

2009 - 2013: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (120 ECTS), University of Zurich. Minor: historical Sciences.

Bachelor Thesis: Werden Beziehungen im Alter Besser? Supervisor: Tina Subiaz. Sponsor: Prof. Dr. Mike Martin.




Diaconescu AO*, Wellstein KV*, Kasper L, Mathys C, Stephan KE (2020). Hierarchical Bayesian models of social inference for probing persecutory delusional ideation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 129: 556-569. [PDF]

Wellstein KV*, Diaconescu AO*, Bischof M, Rüesch A, Paolini G, Aponte EA, Ullrich J, & Stephan KE (2019 ). Inflexible social inference in individuals with subclinical persecutory delusional tendencies. Schizophrenia research. [PDF]

Petzschner FH*, Weber LA*, Wellstein KV, Paolini G, Do CT, Stephan KE (2019). Focus of attention modulates the heartbeat evoked potential. NeuroImage, 186: 595 - 606. [PDF]

Stephan KE, Petzschner FH, Kasper L, Bayer J, Wellstein KV, Stefanics G, Prüssmann KP, Heinzle J (2019). Laminar fMRI and Computational Theories of Brain Function. NeuroImage, 197: 699-209. [PDF]



Hierarchical Bayesian models of social inference for probing persecutory delusional ideation, 25th Organisation of Human Brain Mapping Conference, 2019, Rome, IT. [RG]

Impaired social learning in individuals with subclinical persecutory delusions, 6th European Conference of Schizophrenia Research, 2017, Berlin DE. [RG]



"Introduction to Computational Psychiatry", Lecture for Psychology BSc students, Uniklinikum Dresden, DE. [SLIDES]

"Linking subclinical persecutory ideation to inflexible social inference under uncertainty", Symposium: "Learning under uncertainty in different stages of psychosis", ECSR Berlin 2021 virtual Conference