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Social Neuroscience

Managing Director

The Department of Social Neuroscience investigates human social behaviour. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, we study the neuronal, hormonal, and developmental foundations of human social cognition, social and moral emotions such as empathy and compassion, envy, revenge, fairness as well as emotion regulation capacities and their role in social decision making and communication.
As such, we bring together scientists from a variety of social and natural sciences (including neuroscience, psychology, bio-psychology, biology, economics, and anthropology) to investigate the influence of the environment on social behavior, the underlying cognitive processes sub-served by neuronal circuits and ultimately by neurotransmitters, hormones, and genes. To achieve these goals, we combine brain imaging methods (e.g., functional and structural MRI, rt-fMRI, TMS, EEG), autonomic measures (e.g., heart rate, pupillary response), neuro-pharmacological interventions (e.g. oxytocin), hormonal measurements (e.g. cortisol), genetic techniques, behavioral paradigms (including virtual reality paradigms, game theoretical paradigms adopted from economics, and experimental paradigms adopted from psychology research), and subjective methods (e.g., event-sampling, questionnaires).

The department is based on the following main research foci:











Field of Research

Art and Science

Research Group Leader

Developmental Social Neuroscience

Field of Research

Developmental Social Neuroscience

Field of Research

Evolutionary Basis of Social Behavior

Field of Research

Foundations of Human Sociality & Neuroeconomics

Field of Research

Plasticity of the Social Brain

Field of Research

Plasticity of the Social Brain

Field of Research

Psychopathology of the Social Brain

Field of Research

Psychopathology of the Social Brain

Field of Research

Satellite lab "Haus 5" in Berlin

Field of Research

Social Cognition

Field of Research

Virtual Reality Laboratory

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