Luc Ciompi - Psychiatrist and Author

Luc Ciompi Award

In 2021, a prize donated by Luc Ciompi for valuable scientific work on the interactions between emotion and cognition and their consequences for the understanding and treatment of schizophrenic psychoses is to be awarded for the fourth time by the Swiss Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (SGPP). The prize can also be awarded for publications from other domains of science that contribute to the verification or refutal of the hypotheses that have been formulated in Ciompi's concept of affect-logic, concerning the interactions between feeling and thinking.

Suitable publications should be submitted by e-mail to the Secretary of the SGPP, Altenbergstrasse 29, Postfach 686, CH-3000 Bern 8, Switzerland before November 30th, 2020 ( The submission should contain a short curriculum vitae of the main author and a short explication of the signification of the submitted research for the mentioned problems.

The prize can be awarded to studies from within Europe, that are published in German, French or English, no earlier than 3 years before the submission date or that have been accepted for printing by an academic publisher no later than the submission date. The prize will be awarded every 2 years. If appropriate, it can also be suspend, or awarded for non- submitted studies that fulfil the aforementioned criteria. Direct links with Ciompis concept of affect-logic are desirable, but not a prerequisite. The prize money is SFr. 8000.- (ca. Euro 7050.-).

More information on the concept of affect-logic (= the logics of interaction between feeling and thinking) can be found on the homepage This concept can potentially be applied on all fields where affective-cognitive interactions play a significant role, from psychiatry, psychology and biology, through to the social sciences and humanities.

One example of a practical application in psychiatry is the "Soteria Bern" residential community, which was set up in 1984 for the treatment of acute schizophrenic psychoses (see and The article "The key role of emotions in schizophrenia" (PDF) by Ciompi ("Schizophrenia Bulletin", March 2015) provides further information on links to the problem of schizophrenia. Aspects of affect-logic relating to the social sciences and humanities are represented in the book "Gefühle machen Geschichte. Die Wirkung von kollektiven Emotionen, von Hitler bis Obama" (Feelings make history. The effects of collective emotions – from Hitler to Obama) by L. Ciompi and E. Endert (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2011).

Previous Prize winners:

  • 2015 Mrs. Prof. Dr. med. rer. nat. Birgit Derntl from Aachen (Germany)
  • 2017, Mrs. Gemma Modinos, PhD, London (UK)
    A recognition prize went to Mr. Michael Hotz, Darmstadt (Germany)
  • 2019 Dr. Matthias Kirschner, Zürich (Schweiz)
    A recognition prize went to Mrs. Helena Rohen, Nürtingen (Germany)

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