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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Lamm et al.

New paper: The Neural Substrate of Reward Anticipation in Health: A Meta-Analysis of fMRI Findings in the Monetary Incentive Delay Task.



"Empathy is also a matter of reason"

Claus Lamm in the newspaper "Oberösterreichische Nachrichten" because of his attendance at the "Biologicum Almtal 2018"

 Fakultäts News


Gelungene Eröffnungsfeier der neuen Forschungsplattform am 7. November.


New internship available

We are looking for a highly motivated student for an internship at a stress research project


Empathy and the discussion about refugees

Claus Lamm was interviewed about empathy, the current fate of the boys in a Thai cave and the fate of refugees


Vier davon betreffen die Psychologie. Fünf neue Entwicklungsfelder kreiert.


Two new members

The SCAN-Unit welcomes Ronald Sladky and Paul Forbes


Empathy and working atmosphere

Claus Lamm was interviewed for the magazine "In Arbeit"


Rückblick auf die Veranstaltung im Kleinen Festsaal der Uni Wien.