The main aim of the Social Neuroscience Lab, Polish Academy of Sciences is to explore neural and behavioural processes that shape the way in which we process social cues. Our current research addresses the question of what factors influence our social cognitive processes and underlying social brain activity. We examine social cognitive capacity and social brain activity both in individuals from the general population and in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders to grasp the factors affecting human social functioning. Our research is particularly focused on the impact of loneliness (or technically ‘perceived social isolation’) on behavioral and physiological processes associated with social cognition.
We combine a variety of neuroscience methods to better understand the relationship between our appraisals of social situations and physiological activity, including neuropsychological and behavioral methods, neuroimaging , neuro- and psychophysiological methods (fMRI, EEG, ECG), neuromodulation techniques (transcranial current stimulation) and ecological assessment with wearable devices.