Franziska Hartung, PhD

I am a cognitive neuroscientist and experimental psychologist interested in narrative, communication, (neuro-)aesthetics, person perception, and cognitive strategies affecting cognition and communication. If you are interested in my research, have a look at my Open Science profile. If you want to know more about ongoing projects or are interested in a collaboration, email me. 

Since 2021, I am a lecturer for Cognitive Science at Newcastle University. Before coming to the UK, I completed my PhD at the Max-Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in the Netherlands and did my postdoctoral training at the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Here is my CV and Google Scholar Profile. 

I am currently co-editing Special Issue for the Journal for Comparative Literature and Aesthetics with Buddhika Bellana on how behavioral and neuroscience research advancements in the study of literature and arts affect our current understanding of literature and aesthetics, challenges, and future directions. The Special Issue is called Advances in neuroaesthetics: Narratives and art as windows into the mind and brain and you can find more information  here


If you want to learn about Open Science, I am happy to help. I have given workshops and summer schools in the past and am currently co-writing a student Handbook on Open Science methods. Please email me if you are interested in one of my seminars or workshops or  consultancy on Open Science. 

I am also occasionally doing consulting for facial anomaly or injury related projects, e.g., lawsuits regarding acquired (facial) injury that permanently affect a person’s appearance. Please contact me if you are interested. 

Keywords: narrative, fMRI, connectivity, (neuro-)aesthetics, theory of mind, social cognition, social perception, stigmatization, verbal communication, Open Science