KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:
1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.
2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.
3. Professional Developmental Talks. Experts about research grants and applications at the Austrian and European levels present career opportunities and strategies to late-PhD and post-doctoral researchers.
- The presentation language is English.
- If you are interested in presenting your current or future work at the KLI, please contact the Scientific Director or the Executive Manager.
Topic description / abstract:
Despite intense recent scrutiny in the nascent field of Social Neuroscience, the neural mechanisms of empathy are still far from clear. In my talk, I will review recent neuroimaging research on affect sharing, a key component of empathy. I will predominantly focus on the opportunities and limitations offered by recent methodological advances, pharmacological manipulations and multivariate analysis techniques, and how they may contribute to a better understanding of the nature of shared affective representations between self and other.
Claus Lamm is Professor of Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, and Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna. He has been one of the pioneers in the neuroscientific investigation of empathy and prosocial behavior. In his research, he uses a wide array of neuroscientific and experimental psychological methods to understand what enables us to feel what others are feeling, and how this is related to prosocial as well as moral behaviors.