Tobias Brosch studied psychology at the University of Trier, Germany, and at the University of Canterbury, U.K. In 2005, he moved to Geneva to obtain a Ph.D. in psychology and affective sciences under the supervision of Klaus Scherer. From 2009 to 2011 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Elizabeth Phelps’ lab at New York University. In September 2011 he returned to the University of Geneva to work in David Sander’s lab, first as maître-assistant (lecturer) and now as maître d’enseignement et de recherche (senior lecturer) for affective psychology.
Brosch studies how emotions and affective processes help us understand our complex environment and make the right decisions. More concretely, he is pursuing several interrelated lines of research, investigating the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying emotion elicitation, the special role of emotional information in attention and perception, and the importance of values and emotions in decision-making. At a more applied level, he studies how we can use affective processes to promote sustainable decisions and behaviors, especially with regards to energy efficiency.
His research integrates concepts and theories from emotion psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics with the methodological toolkit of cognitive neuroscience (behavioral measures such as response times and decisions, neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG, and neuropsychological lesion studies).