Mission of the Lab

 

The Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, headed by Dr. Jean Decety, explores the neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying affective and social interpersonal processes and their expressions in behavior.

 

Because atypical socioemotional functioning and the lack of empathy are hallmark characteristics of psychopathy and, in these individuals, are associated with callous disregard for the well-being of others, guiltlessness, and little appreciation of moral wrongdoing, we further study adults with various levels of psychopathic traits, including forensic psychopaths.

 

To examine to development of social evaluations, moral cognition and prosocial behavior, we have a separate infant and child friendly space:

The University of Chicago Child Neurosuite.

 

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Recent Publications

Sensitivity to justice and the moral brain in The Journal of Neuroscience  

 

Affective perspective taking in criminal psychopaths in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience


The speed of morality in The Journal of Neurophysiology