How do we understand others?

What are the neural bases of our emotions?

How is our social behavior shaped by the brain?


The Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit has been working on answering these questions, and more. We are an interdisciplinary research group based at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna, Austria. Our members, both national and international researchers, investigate the biological bases of human's social and emotional life, combining psychological theory with cutting edge neuroscientific methodology.

Our special research focus lies on the neuroscience of empathy. Our members are making essential contributions to understanding how people can share the feelings of others, and take their point of view. This research enterprise is complemented by research activities int the fields of decision making, moral behavior, and mental health.

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New paper: Internal control beliefs and reference frame concurrently impact early performance monitoring ERPs



Claus Lamm interviewed about "empathy"

Claus Lamm in "Kurier" (Austrian newspaper)

 Fakultäts News


Themenabend des EVA-Labs und der Forschungsplattform "CogSci".


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New paper: Psychometric properties of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale: A factor analysis and item-response theory approach.


Claus Lamm`s research in Austrian newspaper

Claus Lamm in "Kronen Zeitung" (newspaper)


Preise, Förderungen und Stipendien für (Jung-)WissenschafterInnen.


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New paper: The Other and Me: Effects of oxytocin on self-other distinction.


Claus Lamm interviewed about "altruism"

Claus Lamm in the magazine "Heureka (Falter)"


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