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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Studie zum Thema Covid-19 und Stress



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New publication from the lab

Increasing self-other bodily overlap increases sensorimotor resonance to others’ pain


Film about the Brain and Stress on "Servus TV"

Welche Auswirkung hat Stress auf unsere Hirnleistung? Und welche Folgen kann Stress langfristig haben?


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New review out in Brain Topography

The Role of Sensorimotor Processes in Pain Empathy by Dr. Igor Riečanský and Prof. Lamm


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Study on the effects of the Corona Crisis on Mood, Stress and Social Behaviour (by Claus Lamm, Giorgia Silani and Urs Nater)


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