Athina Tzovara

University of Zurich: Postdoctoral fellow

E-mail: athina [dot] tzovara [at] uzh [dot] ch
Phone: +41 44 384 2456
Room: G2 06
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2003 – 2009: Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
2009 – 2012: PhD in Neuroscience, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.


  • Khemka S*, Tzovara A*, Gerster S, Quednow BB, Bach DR (2017) Modelling startle eye blink electromyogram to assess fear learning. Psychophysiology, 54(2):204-214. *: equal contribution.
  • Castegnetti G, Tzovara A, Staib M, Gerster S, Bach DR (2017) Assessing fear learning via conditioned respiratory amplitude responses. Psychophysiology, 54(2):215-223.


  • Tzovara A, Rossetti AO, Juan E, Suys T, Viceic D, Rusca M, Oddo M, De Lucia M. (2016) Prediction of awakening from hypothermic post anoxic coma based on auditory discrimination. Ann Neurol. doi: 10.1002/ana.24622.
  • De Lucia M., Tzovara A (2016) Reply: Replicability and impact of statistics in the detection of neural responses of consciousness. Brain. doi:10.1093/brain/aww063.
  • Juan E, De Lucia M, Tzovara A, Beaud V, Oddo M, Clarke S, Rossetti AO (2016) Prediction of cognitive outcome based on the progression of auditory discrimination during coma. Resuscitation. 106:89-95.
  • Bach DR, Gerster S, Tzovara A, Castegnetti G. (2016) A linear model for event-related respiration responses. J Neurosci Methods. 270:147-155.
  • Castegnetti G, Tzovara A, Staib M, Paulus PC, Hofer N, Bach DR. (2016) Modeling fear-conditioned bradycardia in humans. Psychophysiology. 53(6):930-9.
  • Juan E, Nguissi NA, Tzovara A, Viceic D, Rusca M, Oddo M, Rossetti AO, De Lucia M. (2016) Evidence of trace conditioning in comatose patients revealed by the reactivation of EEG responses to alerting sounds. Neuroimage. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.07.039.
  • Korn CW, Staib M, Tzovara A, Castegnetti G, Bach DR (2016) A pupil size response model to assess fear learning. Psychophysiology, doi: 10.1111/psyp.12801.


  • Tzovara A, Simonin A, Oddo M, Rossetti AO, De Lucia M. (2015) Reply: Neural detection of complex sound sequences or of statistical regularities in the absence of consciousness? Brain. 2015 Jul 1. pii: awv186.
  • Chouiter L*, Tzovara A*, Dieguez S, Annoni JM, Magezi D, De Lucia M, Spierer L. (2015) Experience-based Auditory Predictions Modulate Brain Activity to Silence as Do Real Sounds. J Cogn Neurosci. 27(10):1968-80. *equal contribution.
  • Tzovara A, Simonin A, Oddo M, Rossetti AO, De Lucia M. (2015) Neural detection of complex sound sequences in the absence of consciousness. Brain.138(Pt 5):1160-6.
  • De Lucia M, Tzovara A. (2015) Decoding auditory EEG responses in healthy and clinical populations: A comparative study. J Neurosci Methods. 250:106-13.
  • Tzovara A, Chavarriaga R, De Lucia M. (2015) Quantifying the time for accurate EEG decoding of single value-based decisions. J Neurosci Methods. 30;250:114-25.


  • Rossetti AO, Tzovara A, Murray MM, De Lucia M, Oddo M. (2014) Automated auditory mismatch negativity paradigm improves coma prognostic accuracy after cardiac arrest and therapeutic hypothermia. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 31(4):356-61.
  • Cossy N*, Tzovara A*, Simonin A, Rossetti AO, De Lucia M. (2014) Robust discrimination between EEG responses to categories of environmental sounds in early coma. Frontiers in Psychology. 5, 155. *equal contribution.


  • Tzovara A, Rossetti AO, Spierer L, Grivel J, Murray MM, Oddo M, De Lucia M. (2013) Progression of auditory discrimination based on neural decoding predicts awakening from coma. Brain. 136(1):81-9.


  • De Lucia M, Tzovara A, Bernasconi F, Spierer L, Murray MM. (2012) Auditory perceptual decision-making based on semantic categorization of environmental sounds. Neuroimage. 60(3):1704-15.
  • Tzovara A, Murray MM, Bourdaud N, Chavarriaga R, del R. Millán J, De Lucia M. (2012) The timing of exploratory decision-making revealed by single-trial topographic EEG analyses. Neuroimage. 60(4):1959-69.
  • Tzovara A, Murray MM, Michel CM, De Lucia M. (2012) A tutorial review of electrical neuroimaging from group-average to single-trial event-related potentials. Developmental Neuropsychology. 37(6):518-44.
  • Tzovara A, Murray MM, Plomp G, Herzog MH, Michel CM, De Lucia M. (2012) Decoding stimulus-related information from single-trial EEG responses based on voltage topographies. Pattern Recognition. 45( 6): 2109–2122.


  • Bernasconi F*, De Lucia M*, Tzovara A*, Manuel A, Murray MM, Spierer L. (2011) Noise in brain activity engenders perception and influences discrimination sensitivity. Journal of Neuroscience. 31(49): 17971-17981. *equal contribution.