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 published (open access): Self-other overlap and empathy

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




Selected media coverage

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

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Bewegender Film "Das Haus neben den Gleisen" und Podiumsdiskussion.


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


Preise, Förderungen und Stipendien für (Jung-)WissenschafterInnen.


Adriaense, Lamm et al.

New paper shows precursor of empathy in ravens.


Interview zum Thema "Begriff der Woche - das Dilemma"

In Abwesenheit studieren

Computer statt Hörsaal

Von der Motivation und Organisation ein Fernstudium zu betreiben


"Macht Kunst die Welt besser?" Mit dabei: Prof. Helmut Leder.