PD Dr. Philipp Kanske is research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. His main research interest is in emotion, emotion regulation and emotion sharing and understanding. He studies alterations in these processes in psychopathology and plasticity through training, including meditation-based approaches. After studying psychology in Dresden and Oregon, Philipp Kanske did his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, then moved to the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, for a Postdoc and for clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy. His work has been acknowledged with several awards, including the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society, Young Investigator Awards of the European Brain and Behavior Society and the German Society for Psychophysiology and the Lilly Young Fellowship in Bipolar Disorder. In 2015 he was elected as member of the Junge Akademie at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.