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Geist & Gehirn covers “Science of cringe”

In two Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Geist & Gehirn) articles research from our group on cringe and embarrassment were covered.  First, in edition 06/2021 Frieder M. Paulus and Annalina Mayer explain why people experience embarrassment on behalf of (unrelated) others. Second, in edition 09/2021 there is an in-depth review of research on the emotion of (vicarious) …

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New clinical trial published! Randomized clinical trial shows no substantial modulation of empathy-related neural activation by intranasal oxytocin in autism

Yeah, finally – after several rounds of submissions and rejections and a year-long lasting and exhausting review process at Scientific Reports… – we are now happy to announce that our clinical trial “Randomized clinical trial shows no substantial modulation of empathy-related neural activation by intranasal oxytocin in autism.” is published. Main thanks go to Annalina V. Mayer who …

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Best Paper Award for Laura Müller-Pinzler at the NeuroPsychoEconomics conference

Great news! Laura Müller-Pinzler has received the 2021 Best Paper Award at the NeuroPsychoEconomics conference in Amsterdam for the presentation of her latest project in the symposium “Social Neuroeconomics” (Chair: Jan Engelmann).    Abstract Biases in self-related belief formation and their association with self-conscious affect During everyday interactions people constantly receive feedback on their behavior, …

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New review paper on “Neuroscience of social feelings” published!

As part of the international Neuroqualia taskforce “Social” we, as team led by Paul J. Eslinger, have successfully published our review on the “Neuroscience of social feelings”. The paper summarizes recent efforts in the field of social cognitive and affective neuroscience on concepts, methods and challenges in the field of social feelings research.  Check out the publication …

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Meta-analysis of fMRI studies using the Social Incentive Delay (SID) task accepted at Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews!

Together with colleagues from King’s College London, University of Oxford, Virginia Tech, Temple University, University Medical Center Groningen and the University of Amsterdam Lena Rademacher published a new meta-analysis of functional MRI studies using the social incentive delay (SID) paradigm (see Spreckelmeyer et al., 2009; Rademacher et al., 2010).    Check out the publication here: …

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Successful defense by Dr. med. Banafsche Sayyad!

After several years, next to working as a physician at the Klinikum Neukölln (Berlin) in the field of neurology, Banafsche Sayyad has finally finished her MD in our lab! Congratulations!  In her thesis, Banafsche examined how “sex/gender” is operationalised in functional MRI research and what consequences and implications such operationalisations carry. Therefore Banafsche analysed 34 …

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The effect of REM sleep suppression on next-morning brain function during social exclusion – new publication in Scientific Reports

With strong effort and methodological expertise from David S. Stolz and Robert Glosemeyer, but also many other colleagues, we have finally managed to publish our sleep study data dating back to our time at Marburg University (2010-2015). Using polysomnography and next-morning fMRI we show that selective suppression of REM sleep impacts amygdala activity and connectivity during a classic social …

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