September 2013
18 December 2018

Years 2-4

October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2017
ED 158
Université Pierre et Marie Curie

The influence of bodily actions on social perception and behaviour: Assessing effects of power postures 


Postdoc at the Computational Social Science Austria Research Group (Complexity Science Hub Vienna)

Year 1

September 2, 2013 - June 27, 2014
UEI (Unité d'Enseignement isolé)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Lab rot 1Sexual cognition: The fraternal birth order effect.

Lab rot 2: Investigating the neural integration of emotion and gaze cues using intracranial EEG data

Lab rot 3: Effect of body postures on emotion perception. 

RAMUS Franck


PhD project

My PhD project focused on how bodily actions influence social perception and behaviour. Specifically, I assessed the effect of body postures expressing high or low social power on how the agent mentally represent others’ faces and responds to social signals like emotion and gaze. 


2014-2018 PhD in Cognitive Science at Ecole Normale Supérieure and Sorbonne Université Paris
2007-2013 Diploma in Psychology (M.Sc.), University of Vienna


Metzler, H., & Grèzes, J. (2019). Repeatedly adopting power postures does not affect hormonal correlates of dominance and affiliative behavior. PeerJ, 7, e6726. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6726; Data & Code

Chadwick, M.*, Metzler, H.*, Tijus, C., Armony, J. L.#, & Grèzes, J.# (2019). Stimulus and observer characteristics jointly determine the relevance of threatening facial expressions and their interaction with attention. Motivation and Emotion, 43(2), 299–312. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-018-9730-2 *# equal contributions
Manuscript on Researchgate

Kogler, L., Seidel, E.-M., Metzler, H., Thaler, H., Boubela, R. N., Pruessner, J. C., … Derntl, B. (2017). Impact of self-esteem and sex on stress reactions. Scientific Reports, 7, 17210. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-17485-w

 Radke, S., Seidel, E. M., Boubela, R. N., Thaler, H., Metzler, H., Kryspin-Exner, I., … Derntl, B. (2018). Immediate and delayed neuroendocrine responses to social exclusion in males and females. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 93, 56–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.04.005

 Seidel, E. M., Silani, G., Metzler, H., Thaler, H., Lamm, C., Gur, R. C., … Derntl, B. (2013). The impact of social exclusion vs. inclusion on subjective and hormonal reactions in females and males. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(12), 2925–2932. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.07.021

 Doctoral Fellowship (year 1 to 3) supported by la Région IDF (DIM Cerveau et Pensée)


Our primary interest is to study the neural time course and correlates underpinning the processing of the early stages of social interactions. We have now set out to address several key issues...