Dr. Dana Schneider
Dr. Dana Schneider studied Psychology in Berlin and Brisbane (Australia) and was awarded her PhD on the topic of ‘Automatic mental perspective taking in adults’. 2014 she started to run the research unit ‘Social Potentials in Autism’ at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, to better understand the social-cognitive processes and mechanisms in adults with autism. The goal of the group is to provide (neuro)- psychological evidence that makes treatment for autism more efficient and to allow for a more integrated and fuller life for affected individuals and their families. Dr. Dana Schneider and her team are interested under what circumstances social perception, social thinking, social affect and social action are automatized or flexibly controlled. The research focus within the last years was dedicated to concepts like ‘Theory of Mind/Perspective Taking’, ‘Empathy’, and ‘Helping Behavior’. Dana Schneider and team are using experimental research approaches (i.e., performance measures, observational measures and (neuro)-physiological measures) as well as questionnaire, survey, interview and person data. In clinical applications, they use social-cognitive, social-emotional and social-interaction performance diagnostics. Eclectic therapeutic approaches, depending on each individual’s needs, are being utilized. For matters of societal integration, the group studies for example the constructions of social reality or the influence of others on thoughts, feelings and actions.
Dana Schneider is the speaker of the interdisciplinary scientific network “Understanding Others” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). She is also the Speaker for Early Career Researchers of the German Psychological Society (DGPs)-Chapter: Social Psychology. Contact: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org