Gabriela Rosenblau

Gabriela Rosenblau
Postdoctoral Associate, Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute
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Gabriela is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at George Washington University. Her interdisciplinary training so far spans developmental psychology, social cognitive neuroscience and psychopathology, with specialization on designing naturalistic paradigms to assess and train social decision making in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Through collaborations with experts in computational modelling at Yale and in Germany, she has acquired expertise in computational modelling of behavioral data and has further developed her skills in combining computational models with functional neuroimaging to gain a mechanistic understanding of typical and atypical human development and learning.

Current Research

Using a multimodal approach including computational modeling to describe, quantify, and predict the biological and psychological mechanisms that determine intact or impaired social functioning over the course of development. Investigating how these mechanisms are altered by treatments in psychiatric populations.


Rosenblau, G., Korn, C. W., and Pelphrey, K. A. (in press). A computational account of optimizing social predictions reveals that adolescents are conservative learners in social contexts. Journal of Neuroscience.

Rosenblau, G., Kliemann, D., Dziobek, I., and Heekeren, H.R. (2017). Emotional prosody processing in autism spectrum disorder. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(2), 224-239. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw118

Rosenblau, G., Kliemann, D., Lemme, B., Heekeren, H.R., and Dziobek, I. (2016). The role of the amygdala in naturalistic mentalising in typical development and in autism spectrum disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry, 208(6), 556-564. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.159269

Korn, C.W., Rosenblau, G., Rodriguez, Buritica J.M., and Heekeren, H.R. (2016).  Performance feedback processing is positively biased as predicted by attribution theory. PLoS One, 11(2). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148581

Rosenblau, G., Kliemann, D., Heekeren, H.R., and Dziobek, I. (2015). Approximating implicit and explicit mentalizing with two naturalistic video-based tasks in typical development and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders45(4), 953-965. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2249-9

Yang, D.Y., Rosenblau, G., Keifer, C., and Pelphrey, K.A. (2015). An integrative neural model of social perception, action observation, and theory of mind. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews51, 263-275. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.01.020.

Kliemann, D., Rosenblau, G., Bölte, S., Heekeren, H.R., and Dziobek, I. (2013). Face puzzle-two new video-based tasks for measuring explicit and implicit aspects of facial emotion recognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 376. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00376

Rosenblau, G., Sterzer, P., Stoy, M., Park, S., Friedel, E., Heinz, A., Pilhatsch, M., Bauer, M., and Ströhle, A. (2012). Functional neuroanatomy of emotion processing in major depressive disorder is altered after successful antidepressant therapy. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26(11), 1424-1433. doi: 10.1177/0269881112450779



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