PhD Student
Psychoacoustics and experimental Audiology

Email: sophie.hanke(at) , sophie.hanke(at)



Academic Background

  • 2020 - 2021: Master’s thesis, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University Vienna (“Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Reward System - Investigating the neural correlates of the ‘wanting’ and the ‘liking’ of food reward”)
  • Since 2019: Scientific Research Assistant at Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ansorge's Lab; Department of Cognition, Emotion and Methods in Psychology; University Vienna
  • 2018: BSc in Psychology at the University of Vienna (Focus: „Mind and Brain“)
  • 2017: Scholarship by the University of Vienna for exceptional study achievements

Current Research

Since November 2020 I have been supporting the ARI projects Born2Hear and ZK Dynamates with the conduction of behavioral and EEG experiments. For example, the project “ZK Dynamates” aims to understand how humans form predictions about complex auditory environments, using methods from psychoacoustics and cognitive neuroscience.

At the same time, I am currently writing my master's thesis in the department of clinical and health psychology at the University Vienna on the neuropsychological underpinnings of the reward system in people with autism spectrum disorder. This is a large-scale study in collaboration with the dental clinic of the Medical Universität Vienna in which fmri as well as facial EMG data is recorded. The various methods of neuroimaging always have been very fascinating to me.

Since October 2019 I have also been part of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ansorge’s Lab at the University of Vienna in the Department of Psychology of Cognition, Emotion and Methods. Here, processes correlated with perception and attention are examined primarily using visual paradigms.



Additional Information

Additional Information


  • Since 2019W: implementation of the lecture exams „Kognitions- und Emotionspsychologie 2“, under Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ansorge, Psychology, University Vienna