Social Neursocience Lab | SNL

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Group Members

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

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. 


  • Christian Keysers, Valeria Gazzola (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience)
  • Andreas Jansen, Jens Sommer (Marburg University)
  • Philipp Kanske, Tania Singer (Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig)
  • Wolfgang Einhäuser (TU Chemnitz)
  • Britta Wrede (University of Bielefeld)

Latest Publications

  1. Rademacher, L., Prinz, S., Winz, O., Henkel, K., Dietrich, C., Schmaljohann, J., Shali, S., Schabram, I., Stoppe, C., Cumming, P., Hilger, R., Kumakura, Y., Coburn, M., Mottaghy, F., Gründer, G., and Vernaleken, I.: Effects of smoking cessation on presynaptic dopamine function of addicted male smokers. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Aug 1;80(3):198-206. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.11.009. Epub 2015 Dec 1.
  2. Paulus, F. M., Rademacher, L., Schäfer, T. A. J., Müller-Pinzler, L., and Krach, S.: Journal Impact Factor Shapes Scientists’ Reward Signal in the Prospect of Publication. PLOS ONE, 2015 
  3. Krach, S., Kamp-Becker, I., Einhäuser, W., Sommer, J., Frässle, S., Jansen, A., Rademacher, L., Müller-Pinzler, L., Gazzola, V., and Paulus, F. M.:Evidence from pupillometry and fMRI indicates reduced neural response during vicarious social pain but not physical pain in autism. Human Brain Mapping, 2015 
  4. Frässle, S., Stephan, K. E., Friston, K. J., Steup, M., Krach, S., Paulus, F. M., and Jansen, A.: Test-Retest Reliability of Dynamic Causal Modeling for fMRI. NeuroImage, vol. 117, pp. 56-66, 2015 
  5. 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