Affective Neuroscience and Psychophysiology


Our main research activities focus on the interplay of emotion, cognition, and motivation in several domains of human information processing, including faces and written and spoken language. Our work aims at identifying the specification of the origins, dynamics, and boundary conditions of these interactions within and between different stimulus domains and modalities, as well as to better define the emotional outcomes of cognitive operations. In order to answer our research questions, we employ a combination of well-established experimental paradigms with several psychophysiological measures, including event-related brain potentials (ERPs), eye movements, electrodermal and respiratory activity, facial muscle activity (via EMG recordings), and changes of pupil diameter.

Research areas:

  • Affective and motivational impacts on attention, perception, and decision-making
  • Emotion-cognition interplay in the processing of written and spoken language
  • Face processing, including emotional expressions, attractiveness, and face identity
  • Audiovisual integration of social signals in human communication