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 review out in Brain Topography

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



Selected media coverage

Lamm, C., Silani, G. and their colleagues (2019). Social support modulates the neural correlates underlying social exclusion.

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Der Forschungssupport Psychologie mit runderneuertem Web-Auftritt!


The Vienna CogSciHub:Study Participant Platform is looking for you!


Wiener und Zürcher Forscher wollen herausfinden, warum sich manche Menschen in stressigen Situationen egoistisch verhalten, aber andere empathisch und...


Emma Skarke hat mit 80 Jahren ihren Masterabschluss geschafft.


New publication from the NBU

Fairness norm violations in anti-social psychopathic offenders in a repeated trust game


Interview zum Thema "Begriff der Woche - das Dilemma"

In Abwesenheit studieren

Computer statt Hörsaal

Von der Motivation und Organisation ein Fernstudium zu betreiben


Wir gratulieren Dr. Hyunji Kim und Dr. Tobias Schöberl, MSc.