Social Neursocience Lab | SNL


Translational Psychiatry Unit

Group Members

Sören Krach (Group leader)
Frieder M. Paulus (Group leader)
Lena Rademacher (Postdoc)
Laura Müller-Pinzler (Postdoc)
Annalina Mayer (PhD student)
David Stolz (PhD student)
Janine Baumann (PhD Student)
Nora Czekalla (PhD Student)
Johanna Voges (PhD Student)

Research Interests

Our research focuses on how social interactions and the feedback we receive from such interactions shape our understanding of ourselves and others. We assume that any current understanding of ourselves and others is shaped by how we were integrated into social structures in the past. At the same time, every current social interaction has a strong influence on our future social behavior and the way we will construct and understand ourselves. Specifically, we are interested in the behavioral and physiological manifestations of the underlying psychological processes and their relevance for applied clinical research. On the basis of psychological concepts, we develop experimental paradigms that make it possible to pursue these questions in interactive and ecologically valid environments.


  • Christian Keysers, Valeria Gazzola (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience)
  • Philipp Kanske (TU Dresden)
  • Christoph Korn (UKE Hamburg)
  • Katja Bertsch (LMU München)
  • Wolfgang Einhäuser (TU Chemnitz)

Latest Publications

  1. Stolz, D. S., Müller-Pinzler, L., Krach, S., & Paulus, F. M. (2020). Internal control beliefs shape positive affect and associated neural dynamics during outcome valuation. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1230.
  2. Müller-Pinzler, L., Czekalla, N., Mayer, A. V, Stolz, D. S., Gazzola, V., Keysers, C., … Krach, S. (2019). Negativity-bias in forming beliefs about own abilities. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 14416.
  3. Paulus, F. M., Rademacher, L., Schäfer, T. A. J., Müller-Pinzler, L., & Krach, S. (2015). Journal Impact Factor Shapes Scientists’ Reward Signal in the Prospect of Publication. PloS One, 10(11), e0142537.
  4. Müller-Pinzler, L., Gazzola, V., Keysers, C., Sommer, J., Jansen, A., Frässle, S., Einhäuser, W., Paulus, F. M., and Krach, S.: Neural Pathways of Embarrassment and their Modulation by Social Anxiety. Neuroimage, vol. 119, pp. 252-261, 2015 
  5. Krach, S., Kamp-Becker, I., Einhäuser, W., Sommer, J., Frässle, S., Jansen, A., … Paulus, F. M. (2015). Evidence from pupillometry and fMRI indicates reduced neural response during vicarious social pain but not physical pain in autism. Human Brain Mapping, 36(11), 4730–4744.