Position: group leader
Scientific interests: in the past 10 years I have been working on the neural foundations of social cognition and social emotions, especially empathy and prosocial behaviors. The focus of my research is both in the normal developing and clinical population (especially autism and alexithymia). I recently expanded my interests to the investigation of the neurobiological mechanisms behind social reward.
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Giorgia_Silani
Position: Post doc
Scientific interests: Most of my work deals with how proprioceptive information about our own body (e.g. facial feedback) is generated and how it contributes to processing, recognition, and awareness of emotions in others (e.g. facial expressions). Other topics of interest include emotion regulation, joint attention, empathy, and autism. I use different techniques including electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and psychopharmacology.
Recently, I embarked on a new adventure together with Giorgia Silani and Chris Eisenegger: We are investigating the neural, chemical, behavioral, and subjective components of primary and social reward processing, in people with and without ASD.
Personal webpage: https://sebkorb.wordpress.com/
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sebastian_Korb
Position: PhD student
Scientific interests: My research interests are in the area of social behavior, social cognition and social emotions. I worked on empathy and vicarious emotions, in particular pain. I am currently working on the neurochemical and neurocognitive basis of primary and social reward.
Position: PhD student
Scientific interests: I am interested in how our motivation to engage in affiliative behaviors interacts with more basic survival systems of the organism, such as energy regulation. My current research is on the effects of social and metabolic stress on social and non-social reward processing.
Position: Research Assistant
Scientific interests: I am interested in the topics of pleasure, the human reward system and the opioidergic system. In the future, I would like to combine neuroscientific methods such as fMRI with clinical populations and computational models. While nowadays I am mostly working on the neuro-pharmacological basis of primary and social rewards, I also worked on the topic of dementia and its early-detection in the past and am still working on a project about computational models of the epistemology of lying.
Position: visiting post-doc
Scientific interest: My research focuses on understanding the variability in clinical symptoms and adaptive behaviour in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder at different ages and levels of cognitive ability. I am currently investigating how these clinical manifestations relate to potential biomarkers that can be used to stratify patient groups into more homogenous subgroups to inform and predict clinical outcome.
Former Post doc student (2011-2012)
Position: Post doc student at the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit (SCAN-Unit), Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods , Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna
Scientific interests: I´m working on the neuro-developmental aspects of socio-cognitive functions, such as empathy and emotional egocentricity bias
Former Post doc student (2010-2013)
Current position: Post doc student at the Centro Studi e Ricerche in Neuroscienze Cognitive, University of Bologna, Italy
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marco_Zanon2
Former PhD student (2010-2014)
Current position: Post doc student at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE) / Division of Neuro and Inflammation Sciences (NIV) / Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience (CSAN), Linköping University, Sweden
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Giovanni_Novembre
Giovanni obtained his PhD in the lab in January 2015. His work was on neural substrates of empathic responses to different kinds of pain, in both normal conditions and manipulated expectation of pain, and on neural substrates of costly altruistic behavior. His current research is on how social touch modulates emotion and behavior.
Former PhD student (2011-2015)
Current Position: Post doc at Harvard University
Scientific interests: My primary interest lies in moral judgment and decision making and the role of various sociocognitive and socioaffective abilities (e.g., empathy, theory of mind, emotion regulation, etc.) in making such judgments. In addition to studying moral cognition in healthy individuals using neuroscientific methods (fMRI, psychophysiology, etc.), I also study clinical populations and sub-clinical personality traits (autism, alexithymia, psychopathy, multiple sclerosis, etc.) to investigate current models of moral cognition.
Personal webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/indrajeetspatilmorality/
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Indrajeet_Patil2
Academia profile: https://sissa.academia.edu/IndrajeetPatil