Translational Social Neuroscience

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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).


Prof. Grit Hein, PhD
E-Mail: Hein_G@
Telefon: +49 931 201 77411

Jasper Bischofberger
Marthe Gründahl
Liqin (Nora) Huang, PhD
Emilia Caya Lampe
Anne Saulin, PhD
Lukas Treml
Martin Weiß, PhD


Publications of the working group can be found here or on pubmed.
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Third-party funding (selection of current projects)

German Research Foundation


Sino-German Center for Science Promotion

  • Mobility Grant: Cultural neuroscience research on social motivation and behavior


Portraitfoto von Prof. Dr. Grit Hein

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Grit Hein

Professor of Translational Social Neuroscience

+49 931 201-77411