Michael studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, from 2003 on and graduated in psychology in 2011 at the University of Klagenfurt with a focus on cognitive and clinical psychology. Upon receiving an Erasmus Grant from the European Union, he worked for a year at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Mannheim (2006-2007). During his studies, he did internships at the Otto-Selz Institute for Applied Psychology (University of Mannheim), at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim (Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy), and at Neustart Klagenfurt (probation service). Since 2012, he is a PhD student at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Herta Flor, at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim and a proud member of the DFG-FNR research project „PASCOM“. In addition to pursuing his training in cognitive behavioral therapy at the University of Heidelberg, he does an internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim on affective and anxiety disorders. In addition to pain research, he is interested in cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy.