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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Placebo Imaging Consortium, including Claus Lamm

New publication with Placebo Imaging Consortium in JAMA Neurology



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

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Wie nutzen Jugendliche Medien? Das untersucht eine Forschungsplattform.


Pfabigan, Wucherer, Lamm

New paper: Internal control beliefs and reference frame concurrently impact early performance monitoring ERPs


Empathy and working atmosphere

Claus Lamm was interviewed for the magazine "In Arbeit"


Die Kurse der Personalentwicklung für das WS 2018 sind online.


Lamm et al.

New paper: Psychometric properties of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale: A factor analysis and item-response theory approach.


Claus Lamm interviewed about "empathy"

Claus Lamm in "Kurier" (Austrian newspaper)


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