How do we understand others?

What are the neural bases of our emotions?

How is our social behavior shaped by the brain?


These are just some of the questions the SCAN unit has been investigating since its formation in 2010. We are a group of international researchers who combine psychological theory with cutting edge neuroscientific methodology to study the biological basis of human's social and emotional life.

Our special research focus lies on the neuroscience of empathy. We have made and continue to make essential contributions to our understanding of how people share the feelings of others and take their point of view. This research enterprise is complemented by research activities in the fields of decision making, moral behavior, and mental health.

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New Paper on the effect of blocking dopamine receptors on trust in males published in Nature Communications

Blocking D2/D3 dopamine receptors in male participants increases volatility of beliefs when learning to trust others



Emotionen lesen

In der Sendereihe "Die Antwort auf fast alles" von arte tv spricht Claus Lamm in Folge 42 - "Können wir Gedanken lesen?" über Emotionen.

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New paper on strategic prosocial behaviour published in Neuropsychopharmacology

Testosterone eliminates strategic prosocial behavior through impacting choice consistency in healthy males


Wut & Rassismus

In einem Ö1-Beitrag spricht Claus Lamm über Wut und was passiert, wenn man sie permanent unterdrückt.


im Bereich Gesundheitspsychologie


New paper on aberrant uncertainty processing published in Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

Aberrant uncertainty processing is linked to psychotic-like experiences, autistic traits, and is reflected in pupil dilation during probabilistic...


Hunde und Gefühle

Ein Bericht in der Fernsehsendung "NANO" auf 3sat über die Forschung von Claus Lamm und seinem Team mit dem Clever Dog Lab

16.08.2023 neue Study Nurse und Study Coordinator