We study the psychological and neurobiological processes underlying social interactions and decisions. In current studies, we investigate drivers of human social behavior such as empathy, social norms, group membership, and egoism, as well as the social modulation of anxiety and pain processing.
We use neuroscientific methods (functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography) and psychophysiological measures (heart rate, skin conductance), combined with experimental paradigms from cognitive and social psychology and simulations of social interactions in virtual reality. Using smartphone-based surveys (Ecological Momentary Assessments, EMA) and mobile physiological sensors, we study social interactions in everyday life.
For data analysis, we use hierarchical regression models, multivariate classification approaches, and mathematical modeling approaches (learning models, drift-diffusion modeling, network modeling).
- Julian Gutzeit
- Liqin (Nora) Huang, PhD
- Annalena Jachnik
- Dr. rer. nat. Anne Saulin
- Dr. rer. nat. Martin Weiß
Grant-Funding (selection of current projects)
German Research Foundation
- Neural mechanisms of (mal)adaptive approach and avoidance behaviour
- Clinical Research Unit ResolvePAIN
- Heisenbergprofessur and Research grants, e.g., focusing on social motives
- Project: The long-term effects of Corona on mental health: Trajectories of adaptive and maladaptive coping
Sino-German Center for Science Promotion
- Mobility Grant: Cultural neuroscience research on social motivation and behavior