Why we feel ashamed for close ones

Frieder Paulus explains how social closeness impacts the experience of vicarious embarrassment and why every kind of embarrassment demands an audience. See latest interview at www.sueddeutsche.de

New eLIFE publication out!

The causal role of the somatosensory cortex in prosocial behaviour. Gallo S, Paracampo R, Müller-Pinzler L, Severo MC, Blömer L, Fernandes-Henriques C, Henschel A, Lammes BK, Maskaljunas T, Suttrup J, Avenanti A, Keysers C, Gazzola V. Elife. 2018 May 8;7. pii: e32740. doi: 10.7554/eLife.32740.

The Impact Factor Fallacy – New publication at Frontiers in Psychology

Scientists receive grants, bonuses, and tenure depending on the perceived impact of the journals in which they publish their research. Using the journal impact factor (JIF) for such purposes results in reasoning and argumentation fallacies. In our new publication we describe several “impact factor fallacies” by applying ideas from reasoning and argumentation research. We argue …

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New stipend in our group!

We are happy to announce that Johanna Voges (physician) received a 2-year stipend by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)! In her PhD, Johanna will focus on social reward processing in alcoholism and examine the interactions with the immune and stress system.

New DFG-funded project in our group!

Dr. Lena Rademacher was granted a “Eigene Stelle” by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for two years. In her project she will investigate the “Social aspects of restrictive eating behavior in anorexia nervosa”. Very cool!!

New section “Frontiers in Psychiatry – Social Cognition”

Frontiers in Psychiatry welcomes Professor Sören Krach from Lübeck University, Germany, as Specialty Chief Editor of the new Social Cognition section Professor Sören Krach heads the Social Neuroscience in Psychiatry group at Lübeck University’s Social Neuroscience Lab. His clinical research focuses primarily on Autism Spectrum Disorder and social anxiety. As the Specialty Chief Editor of the new Frontiers in Psychiatry section, …

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