Social and Affective Neuroscience

Our research strives to uncover the neurobiological bases of human social relations. In this research, we take a between-brain perspective. This means we are not primarily interested in the brains of single individuals, but in the interaction between brains. One aim of this research is to model the dynamics of interindividual relations and social networks at the neural level. Closely interlinked with this research is the second focus of our research, the neurobiological bases of emotional experiences.

To measure neural activity, we mainly use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). To analyse these data, we combine standard analysis techniques we novel multivariate techniques which we develop in collaboration with our cooperation partners.

Focus of research:

  • Neurobiological bases of human social relations
  • Neurobiological bases of emotions
  • Development of multivariate data analysis techniques

Group members

Silke Anders, Christian Beck, Katja Broer, Irina Komlewa, Benjamin Sack

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Projects

Interindividual differences in intrinsic connectivity

A brain’s intrinsic connectivity, assessed with resting-state fMRI, is an important marker for many basic neuroscientific questions, but also for clinical applications...

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Learning of patterns of social behaviour and personality traits

In my research I try to understand how the human brain learns to understand patterns of behaviour and personality traits observed in others....

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Learning of facial emotional expressions

In my PhD project I use fMRI to examine whether the recognition and discrimination of facial pain can be enhanced by training...

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Emotional communication and reward

How do we understand other people? And how does this understanding shape our attitude towards the other person? Previous studies indicate that first-hand experience enables us to better understand similar experiences in other people...

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Flow of information between brains

In my PhD project I use fMRI to examine whether the recognition and discrimination of facial pain can be enhanced by training...

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