Mission of the Lab
Research at the University of Chicago Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, headed by Dr. Jean Decety, focuses on the neurobiological, epigenetic, and psychological mechanisms underlying affective and social interpersonal processes, including empathy, perspective-taking, moral judgement, and emotion in social interaction. We also examine the neuro-development of social evaluation in babies, children and adolescents using the latest brain imaging and electrophysiological techniques.
Because various psychopathologies are characterized by deficits in interpersonal sensitivity, we further explore dysfunctions in the biopsychological mechanisms underpinning social and emotional information processing in children and adults with developmental disorders including children with aggressive conduct disorder and adults with psychopathy.
This multi-level integrative approach, bridging affective neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics, developmental science, and psychology, has the unique potential for generating new hypotheses concerning social emotional disorders and contributes to our understanding and treatment of abnormal human social behavior.