Research Interests

We study the behavioral and physiological manifestations of social emotions and their implications for applied clinical research. Based on psychological concepts we develop experimental paradigms that allow investigating emotional processes in interactive and ecologically valid environments. With our recent experiments we realized socially immersive environments to induce embarrassment and pride within the MRI. Our close collaborations with research groups from psychology, applied informatics, neurophysics, psychiatry and neurology offer us the opportunity to integrate multimodal data and to achieve new insights into the impact of social context variables on emotions and their consequences for psychiatric and neurological conditions that are relevant over the life span.