Clara Schüler

Hi there!

Happy you are here.

My name is Clara and this is my tiny personal page - which is still work in progress. More sections are coming up (Breathwork, Art Portfolio and more...), so bear with me if you are currently not finding what you may be looking for. 

In any case, you are very welcome to contact me!

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I am currently pursuing my PhD in cognitive developmental neuroscience in the research group lead by Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann at the Max Planck Insitute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.

In my project, we study the neural basis of early social cognition, focusing on the development of understaning self and other. Basically, we want to explore how children start to reflect on themselves and thus develop an idea of themselves. Further, we ask how this emergence of their own perspective is influenced by their social surroundings and how this relates to understanding other people's perspectives. 

On a broader scale,  I am interested in the intersection of psychology, philosophy, art and science. Some questions that drive me forward are: What influences children's understanding of the world and themselves and how does that shape their later behavior? What are factors promoting  a healthy mind? In what ways can we express and communicate our thoughts and feelings? What inspires people to change their perspective in a sustained way? How can research into altered states experienced through meditation, breathwork and psychedelic subsances inform our understanding of who we are? 

And how does all of this impact how we act towards ourselves, within society and our natural environment?

Research Interests

  • Development of Social Cognition
  • (Self)-Conciousness &
    Altered States
  • Therapeutic Interventions & Neurobiology of Trauma

... and beyond

  • Science Communication
  • Mindfulness & Therapy
  • Art & Design


since 2020

MIND Foundation Blog Editor

Featuring articles covering a wide range of topics within the scope of evidence-based psychedelic science, brain and consciousness research and it's safe and legal applications.

since 2020

Zen Lab Project

Part of the organisational team for the non-profit project "Zen Lab" in Leipzig, promoting a meaningful and compassionate way of living through zen meditation practice.

since 2019

PhD cadidate
MPI for Human and Cognitive Brain Scinces

Project "Understanding Self and Other in the Developing Brain" in developmental cognitive neuroscience in the lab of  Dr. Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. 


Breathwork Facilitator Training

8-months training with Alchemy of Breath to facilitate group and individual breathwork sessions as a mind-body practice for enhanced well-being.


Yoga Teacher Training

200h certified Yoga Alliances teacher training with Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School for Vinyasa & Ashtanga yoga.


M. Sc. in Molecular Biosciences
Heidelberg University

  • Master Thesis in Signaling and Functional Genomics in the lab of Prof. Michael Boutros at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Research Internship in Tumorimmunology in the lab of Prof. Ossendorp at the Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands.
  • 2014-2019

    Patent Attorney Student Assitant 

    Herzog Fiesser & Partner Patent Attorneys, 
    Mannheim, Germany


    Research Student Assitant 

    Central Institute of Mental Health, 
    Mannheim, Germany


    B. Sc. in Molecular Biotechnology
    Heidelberg University

    Bachelor Thesis in Experimental Neurosurgery in the lab of Prof. Christel Herold-Mende at the University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.