Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals - Psychology

The list below gives the references of articles authored or co-authored by Webster Vienna Private University professors and published in peer-reviewed journals. Our faculty names are in bold.


Walla, P. (2018). Editorial: Sub- and Unconscious Information Processing in the Human Brain. Appl. Sci., 8, 979.

Herbert, C., Ethofer, .T, Fallgatter, A.J., Walla, P. and Northoff, G. (2018). Editorial: The Janus Face of Language: Where Are the Emotions in Words and Where Are the Words in Emotions? Front. Psychol. 9:650. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00650

Schlegel, K., Mehu, M., M. van Peer, J., Scherer, K. R. (2018). Sense and Sensibility: The role of cognitive and emotional intelligence in negotiation. Journal of Research in Personality, 74, 6-15.


Allen, J.A., Fisher, C., Chetouani, M., Chiu, M.M., Gunes, H., Mehu, M., & Hung, H. (2017). Comparing social science and computer science workflow processes for studying group interactions. Small Group Research, online first. Doi: 10.1177/1046496417721747.

Walla, P. (2017). Affective processing guides behavior and emotions communicate feelings. Full conference paper in Information Systems and Neuroscience. Volume 17 of the series Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, in press.

Walla, P., and Schweiger, M. (2017). Samsung Versus Apple: Smartphones and Their Conscious and Non-conscious Affective Impact. Full conference paper in Information Systems and Neuroscience. Volume 16 of the series Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation pp 73-82.

Kunaharan, S.; Halpin, S.; Sitharthan, T.; Bosshard, S.; Walla, P. (2017). Conscious and Non-Conscious Measures of Emotion: Do They Vary with Frequency of Pornography Use? Applied Sciences, 7, 493. doi: 10.3390/app7050493

Walla, P., Koller, M., Brenner, G., and Bosshard, S. (2017). Evaluative conditioning of established brands: implicit measures reveal other effects than explicit measures. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics, 10(1): 24-41.

Parth, K., Datz, F., Seidman, C., and Loeffler-Stastka, H. (2017). Transference and countertransference: A review. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 81(2): 167-211.

Loeffler-Stastka, H., Datz, F., Parth, K., Preusche, I.,Bukowski, X., and Seidman, C. (2017). Empathy in Psychoanalysis and Medical Education- what can we learn from each other? BMC Medical Education, 17(1):74.



Fay, V., Fay, N., and Walla, P. (2016). Attitudes of Psychology Students Toward Expressive Therapies. Cogent Psychology, 3: 1241459. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2016.1241459

Bosshard, S., Bourke, J., Kunaharan, S., Koller, M., and Walla, P. (2016). Established liked versus disliked brands: brain activity, implicit associations and explicit responses. Cogent Psychology, 3:1176691. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2016.1176691

Montag, C., and Walla, P. (2016). Carpe Diem instead of losing your social mind: Beyond digital addiction and why we all suffer from digital overuse. Cogent Psychology, 3: 1157281. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2016.1157281

Gatterer, K., and Hodkinson, K. (2016). On the Differences Between Tinder™ Versus Online Dating Agencies: Questioning a Myth. Cogent Psychology, 3: 1162414. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2016.1162414

Mavratzakis, A., Herbert, C., and Walla, P. (2016). Emotional facial expressions evoke faster orienting responses, but weaker emotional responses at neural and behavioural levels compared to scenes: A simultaneous EEG and facial EMG study. Neuroimage, 124: 931-946.

Parth, K., Rosar, A., Stastka, K., Storck, T., and Loeffler-Stastka, H. (2016). Psychosomatic patients in integrated care: Which treatment mediators do we have to focus on? Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 80(4): 326-347.

Datz, F., Parth, K., Rohm, C., Madanoglu, S., Seidman, C., and Loeffler-Stastka, H. (2016). Dimensions of activity in countertransference and therapist reactions: Therapists reactions during sessions with depressed patients. Z. Psychosom. Med. Psychother. 62(4): 322-335.



Koller, M., and Walla, P. (2015). Towards alternative ways to measure attitudes related to consumption: Introducing startle reflex modulation. Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, 13(1): 83–88.

Walla, P., & Herbert, C. (2015). Hierarchy and dynamics of self referential processing: the non-personal Me1 and the personal Me2 elicited via single words. Cogent Psychology, 2(1): 1-10.

Mehu, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2015). Emotion categories and dimensions in the facial communication of affect: An integrated approach. Emotion, 15(6), 798-811.

Stewart, P. A., Bucy, E. P., Mehu, M. (2015). Strengthening bonds and connecting with followers. Politics and the Life Sciences, 34(1), 1-20.

Scherer, K. R., & Mehu, M. (2015). Normal and abnormal emotions - the quandary of diagnosing affective disorder: Introduction and overview. Emotion Review, 7(3), 201-203.

Mehu, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2015). The Appraisal bias model of cognitive vulnerability to depression. Emotion Review 7(3), 272-279.

Mehu, M. (2015). The integration of emotional and symbolic components in multimodal communication. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 961.

Stewart, P. A., Mehu, M., & Salter, F. K. (2015). Sex and leadership: Interpreting competitive and affiliative facial displays based on workplace status. International Public Management Journal, 18(2), 190-208.

Parth, K., Loeffler-Stastka, H. (2015). Psychoanalytic core competence. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 356.



Kunaharan, S. & Walla, P. (2014). Clinical Neuroscience—Towards a Better Understanding of Non-Conscious versus Conscious Processes Involved in Impulsive Aggressive Behaviours and Pornography Viewership. Psychology, 5, 1963-1966. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.518199.

Walla, P., Koller, M., and Meier, J. (2014). Consumer neuroscience to inform consumers—physiological methods to identify attitude formation related to over-consumption and environmental damage. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 304. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00304.

Mehu, M., & van der Maaten, L. J. P. (2014). Multimodal integration of dynamic audio-visual cues in the communication of agreement and disagreement. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 38, 569-597.



Mavratzakis, A., Molloy, E., and Walla, P. (2013). Modulation of the startle reflex during brief and sustained exposure to emotional pictures. Psychology, 4: 389-395.

Walla, P., Rosser, L. Scharfenberger, J. Duregger, C., and Bosshard, S. (2013). Emotion ownership: different effects on explicit ratings and implicit responses. Psychology, 3A: 213-216.

Koller, M., Salzberger, T., Brenner, G., and Walla, P. (2013). Beyond mainstream applications of eye-tracking in business research. Analyse, 23(1): 71-77.

Lyons, G.S., Walla, P. and Arthur-Kelly, M. (2013). Toward improved ways of knowing children with profound multiple disabilities(PMD): Introducing startle reflex modulation. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16(5): 340-344.

Bousmalis, K., Mehu, M., & Pantic, M. (2013). Towards the automatic detection of spontaneous agreement and disagreement based on nonverbal behaviour: A survey of related cues, databases, and tools. Image and Vision Computing, 31(2), 203-221.

Mehu, M., D’Errico F., Heylen, D. (2013). Conceptual analysis of social signals: the importance of clarifying terminology. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, 6, 179-189.

Scherer, K. R., Mortillaro, M., & Mehu, M. (2013). Understanding the facial expression and perception of emotion: A Componential Perspective. Emotion Review, 5(1), 47-53.

Sachs, G., and Felsberger, H. (2013). Mentalization-based psychotherapy for schizophrenic psychoses. Psychotherapeut, 58(4): 339-343.



Mehu, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2012). A psycho-ethological approach to Social Signal Processing. Cognitive Processing, 13(2), 397-414.

Mehu, M., Mortillaro, M., Bänziger, T., & Scherer, K.R. (2012). Reliable facial muscles activation enhances recognisability and credibility of emotional expression. Emotion, 12(4), 701-715.

Koller, M., and Walla, P. (2012). Measuring Affective Information Processing in Information Systems and Consumer Research – Introducing Startle Reflex Modulation. ICIS Proceedings, Breakthrough ideas, full paper in conference proceedings, Orlando 2012.

Grahl A., Greiner, U. and Walla, P. (2012). Bottle shape elicits gender-specific emotion: a startle reflex modulation study. Psychology, 7: 548-554.

Valstar, M., Mehu, M., Jiang, B., Pantic, M., & Scherer, K.R. (2012). Meta-analysis of the first facial expression recognition and analysis challenge. Systems, Man, & Cybernetics – Part B: Cybernetics, 42(4), 966-979.



Mehu, M. (2011). Smiling and laughter in naturally occurring dyadic interactions: relationship to conversation, body contacts, and displacement activities. Human Ethology Bulletin, 26(1), 10-28.

Mortillaro, M., Mehu, M., & Scherer, K.R. (2011). Subtly different positive emotions can be distinguished by their facial expressions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(3), 262-271.

Jacobsen, P., Morris, E., Johns, L., & Hodkinson, K. (2011). Mindfulness Groups for Psychosis: Key Issues for Implementation on an Inpatient Unit. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39, 349-353.

Walla, P., Duregger, C., Deecke, L., Dal-Bianco, P. (2011). Dysfunctional incidental olfaction in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): an Electroencephalography (EEG) study. Brain Sciences, 1(1):3-15.

Walla, P., Brenner, G., and Koller, M. (2011). Objective measures of emotion related to brand attitude: A new way to quantify emotion-related aspects relevant to marketing. PloS ONE, 6(11): e26782. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026782.

Heereman, J., and Walla, P. (2011). Stress and decision confidence. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, DOI 10.1007/s10484-011-9167-9.

Geiser, M., and Walla, P. (2011). Objective measures of emotion during virtual walks through urban neighbour-hoods. Applied Sciences, 1: 1-11.



Stinson, K., Valmaggia, L., Antley, Slater, M., & Freeman D. (2010). Cognitive Triggers of Auditory Hallucinations: An Experimental Investigation. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 41(3), 179-184.

Walla, P., and Deecke, L. (2010). Odours Influence Visually Induced Emotion: Behavior and Neuroimaging. Sensors, 10: 8185-8197.

Mathes, B., Pomper, U., Walla, P., and Basar-Eroglu, C. (2010). Dissociation of reversal-and motor-related delta and alpha band responses during visual multistable perception. Neuroscience Letters, 478: 14-18.

Walla, P., Richter, M., Färber, S., Leodolter, U., and Bauer, H. (2010). Food evoked changes in humans: Startle response modulation and event-related potentials (ERPs). Journal of Psychophysiology, 24: 25-32.

Mehu, M., & N'Diaye, K. (2010). The proximate mechanisms and ultimate functions of smiles. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(6), 454-455.