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 from the lab!

Using reinforcement learning models in social neuroscience: frameworks, pitfalls and suggestions of best practices



Coming together in the face of a threat

Commentary in Austrian daily newspaper by lab head Claus Lamm on connections between Covid-19 and climate catastrophe

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Online-Plattform ermöglicht Forschung während der COVID-Pandemie.


New paper on the mechanisms of imitation

Being mimicked affects inhibitory mechanisms of imitation


Selected media coverage

Selected media coverage on the paper Botvinik-Nezer, R., Holzmeister, F., Camerer, C. F., Dreber, A., Huber, J., … Lamm, C., … Schonberg, T. (2020)....


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New TT position available

The Vienna Cognitive Science Hub is looking for a Tenure-Track Professorship for the field of Cognitive Neuroscience of brain-microbiome interaction


Macht uns die Krise mitfühlender?


Unsere Fakultät in den Top 100 im Times Higher Education-Ranking.