Dr. Leidy Cubillos-Pinilla

Office hours: by appointment
Room: Leopoldstr. 139, 3rd Floor, Room 307

E-Mail: leidy.cubillos-pinilla (at) tum.de
Fon:+49 89 289 24065
Fax: +49 89 289 24093

Leidy Cubillos-Pinilla joined the team in 2018. She works as a research associate and PostDoc at the TUM Neurophysiological Leadership Lab (TUM NeLeLab). Her current research involves (a) the impact of leadership language on followers’ cognitive and emotional processes (e.g., online studies with computerized tasks and questionnaires), (b) the neuroscience of entrepreneurship (e.g., psychophysical, electrophysiological and eye-tracking basis at rest and during computerized tasks in individuals interested in entrepreneurship), (c) hormones and leadership, (d) psychophysical, electrophysiological and eye-tracking basis of cognitive effort during decision-making tasks, (e) general social neuroscience, creativity and innovation, Artificial Intelligence, and big data statistics. Her preference of methods include R, MatLab, Qualtrics, SPSS statistics, PsychoPy, Brain Products, and E-prime.

She holds a diploma’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Biology from the University of Los Andes, Colombia. After completing her studies, she joined Mercados Zapatoca S.A, a leading chain of supermarkets in Colombia, and worked as the Head of Recruitment and Development HR. She completed her master’s degree of Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München and she has worked in several neuroscience laboratories. She finished her PhD studies at our chair.

Short Bio

Since 11/2018

Research Associate at the Chair of Research and Science Management (research project “Leadership style differentiation and assessment by incorporating behavioral cognitive and biophysiological measures into currently used self-report-based procedures”), TUM School of Management

03/2018 – 09/2018              

Internship at the Institute of Stroke and Dementia, LMU, Munich. Research assistant at Max Planck Institut for Psychiatry, Munich

12/2016 – 04/2018

Research assistant: Body Social Cognition and Action Lab, LMU, Munich. Research assistant: PRONIA Early recognition of schizophrenia, LMU, Munich

09/2016 – 12/2016

Internship at the Research Group of Personality Disorders with emphasis on neurocognitive methods group at Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg

01/2017 – 08/2017 & 03/2016 – 09/2016

Head of Recruiting and Development Human Resources. Mercados Zapatoca S.A. Bogotá D.C, Colombia

10/2016 – 09/2018

M.Sc. Neuro-cognitive Psychology, LMU, Munich. Scholarship: Deutschlandstipendium

01/2010 – 09/2014                                                                              

B.Sc. Psychology with a minor in Biology, University of Los Andes, Colombia. Award of Excellence Semestral Distinction of the Psychology Program



Peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings

Cubillos-Pinilla, L., & Emmerling, F. (2022). Taking the chance!–Interindividual differences in rule-breaking. PLoS ONE17(10), e0274837. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0274837

Duering, M., Adam, R., Wollenweber, F., Bayer-Karpisnka, A., Baykara, E., Cubillos-Pinilla, LY.,  Gesierich, B., Araque Caballero, M., Stöcklein, S., Ewers, M., Pasternak, O., Dichgans, M. (2019). Within-lesion heterogeneity of subcortical DWI lesion evolution, and stroke outcome: A voxel-based Analysis. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 0271678X19865916.

Conference presentations

Cubillos-Pinilla,L., Strobel., L., Emmerling, F., Peus, C. (2023, June). Who can become an entrepreneur? A brain-mind model predicting entrepreneurial orientation. Poster presented at the Organisational Neuroscience Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Cubillos-Pinilla, L. & Emmerling, F. (2022, September). Rules are made to be broken! An eye-tracking and EEG study that evaluates neural correlates of individuals responses towards rules. Paper presented at the 52nd Congress of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs) in Hildesheim, Germany. 

Cubillos-Pinilla, L. & Emmerling, F. (2022, August). The neural correlates of creativity: a systematic meta-analysis of voxel-based fMRI data. Poster presented at the 2022 Neuroergonomics and NYC Neuromodulation Conferences in New York City, USA.

Cubillos-Pinilla, LY., Strobel, L., & Emmerling, F. (2021, September). Unravelling the neural correlates of rule-following and conditional rule-breaking. Poster accepted for presentation at the 3rd Neuroergonomics Conference 2021, online.

Cubillos-Pinilla, LY; Hubner, S; Emmerling, F. (2021, August). I make my own rules! The interplay of rule-breaking behaviour, personality, and ethical orientation as intraindividual antecedents of entrepreneurial intention. Paper accepted for presentation at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, held virtually

Cubillos-Pinilla, LY., Pfister, R. & Emmerling, F. (2020, March). Rules are made to be broken! -- Cognitive conflict underlying conditional rule-breaking. Paper presented at the 62nd Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP) in Jena, Germany.

Cubillos-Pinilla, LY., Emmerling, F. & Pfister, R. (2019, November). Rules are made to be broken! - Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying conditional rule-breaking -. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Tasmania, Australia.

Cubillos-Pinilla, LY., Emmerling, F. & Pfister, R. (2019, June). Internal goals over external rules? – The cognitive and differential mechanisms underlying conditional rule breaking. Paper presented at TRACE Workshop, Würzburg, Deutschland.

Scholarships and Awards

  • Deutschlandstipendium (M.Sc. Neuro-cognitive Psychology, LMU)
  • Award of Excellence Semestral Distinction of the Psychology Program. B.Sc. Psychology with a minor in Biology, University of Los Andes, Colombia

Professional Memberships

Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society

International society for comparative psychology

Neuroscience and behaviour laboratory