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Nicole Wiggert


PhD student, Department of Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Health Psychology
PhD Program: "Imaging the Mind"


Cognitive-Behavior-Therapy Training
Career Coach, University of Salzburg
MSc, Clinical Psychology, University of Salzburg
Joint Study Exchange Program: 2011 - 2013, University of Minnesota, USA
BSc, Psychology, University of Salzburg

Specialized Nursing degree: Trauma Intensive Care Nurse

Research Interests

I am interested in social interaction processes in Social Anxiety Disorder focusing on the fear of being criticized or negatively evaluated. Furthermore, social conditioning utilizing short evaluative video clips as unconditioned stimuli may shed more light on the issue at stake. Currently, I am using psychophysiological measures such as skin conductance, EMG, ECG, and EEG.



Miedl, S.F., Blechert, J., Klackl, J., Wiggert, N., Reichenberger, J., Derntl., B., Wilhelm, F.H. (2016). Criticism hurts everyone, praise only some: Common and specific neural responses to approving and disapproving social-evaluative videos. NeuroImage, 132, 138-147.

Reichenberger, J., Wiggert, N., Agroskin, D., Wilhelm, F. H., & Blechert, J. (in press). No praise, please: Depressive symptoms, reactivity to positive social interaction, and fear of positive evaluation. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F. H., Boger, S., Georgii, C., Klimesch, W., & Blechert, J. (in press). Social Pavlovian conditioning: short- and long-term effects and the role of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Nakajima, M., & al'Absi, M. (2016). Chronic smoking, trait anxiety, and physiological response to stress.
Sustance Use and Misuse, 1-10.doi: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1191511.


Reichenberger, J., Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Weeks, J., & Blechert, J.(2015). Don't Put Me Down But Don't be too Nice To Me Either: Fear of Positive vs. Negative Evaluation And Responses to Social-Evaluative Films. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 164-169.

Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Derntl, B., & Blechert., J.(2015). Gender differences in experiential and facial reactivity to approval and disapproval during emotional social interactions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 1372.doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01372.

Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F.H., Reichenberger, J., & Blechert., J.(2015). Exposure to social-evaluative video clips: Neural, facial-muscular, and experiential responses and the role of social anxiety. Biological Psychology, 110, 59-67.doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.07.008.


van Meurs, B., Wiggert, N., Wicker, I., & Lissek, S.(2014). Maladaptive Behavioral Consequences of Conditioned Fear-Generalization: A Pronounced, Yet Sparsely Studied, Feature of Anxiety Pathology. Behavior Research and Therapy, 57, 29-37.doi:10.1016/j.brat.2014.03.009.