Lonely and selfish? Social decision making and loneliness - investigation with multimodal neuroimaging and experience sampling.

The project will investigate whether individuals with high levels of loneliness show decreased prosocial behavior compared to individuals with low levels of loneliness. In each of the three main studies, the participants will be asked to complete economic (e.g. Dictator Game, Ultimatum Game) and/or social dilemma games (Prisoner’s Dilemma). The neural activity observed in participants during the procedure will be investigated with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) as well as EEG ‘hyperscanning’. Additionally, the laboratory data will be supplemented with real-life surveys that will be sent to participants’ smartphones between sessions. The project is funded by the NCN grant SONATA BIS 2022/46/E/HS6/00138.

How does cognitive reappraisal impact social information processing in lonely individuals? Investigation with EEG event-related potentials and neuromodulation (HD-tDCS) methods.

The project is funded by the NCN grant OPUS 2019/35/B/HS6/00517.

How does loneliness impact social information processing? From neural activity through physiological markers to everyday functioning.

The project is funded by the NCN grant OPUS 2018/31/B/HS6/02848.

about lab

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.