WHAT WE DO
The SANe group investigates the neural and psychological bases of social and affective processing in healthy human beings. Our aim is to research processes that allow individuals to understand, predict and respond to others. We are therefore interested in exploring empathy, theory of mind and emotions and how these are represented in the brain. To do so, we use behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, often in combination with naturalistic stimulation (e.g., movies, narratives, real social interactions).
We strongly believe in open science and commit to its principles by sharing code and data from our experiments.
Natural Language Processing and Emotions
Spontaneous Facial Expressions during Naturalistic Stimulation
Time-varying Transitions between Emotions
Theory of Mind and Gender Equality
Processing of Affect in Sensory Deprived Individuals
WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE PUBLISH
WHAT WE DEVELOP
 Lettieri - The categorical representation of affect in ventromedial prefrontal cortex is independent from the sensory modality and visual experience. Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, 30-02 October 2021.
 Cecchetti - Decoding brain activity: classification, inference and related issues. 28th Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 30 August - 02 September 2021
 Lettieri - Data sharing di dati comportamentali e di neuroimmagine nelle neuroscienze affettive e sociali. Think Open Rovereto Symposium 2021, 17 June 2021.
 Lettieri - A network-based hierarchical taxonomy of affect from language. Society for Affective Science Annual Conference, 13-16 April 2021.
 Cappello - How far in the future can we predict others' affective states?. European Congress of Psychiatry, Virtual Meeting, 10-13 April 2021.
 Lettieri - Chronotopic encoding of emotional dimensions in the human brain assessed by fMRI. European Congress of Psychiatry, Virtual Meeting, 10-13 April 2021.
 Lettieri - Emotionotopy in the human right temporo-parietal cortex. Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Virtual Meeting, 28 November 2020. Junior Researcher Award.
 Handjaras - Gradient-based analysis of cortical topography using fMRI. Satellite event of the Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Ferrara, 14 November 2019.
 Cecchetti - Decoding brain activity: classification accuracy and related issues. Satellite event of the Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Ferrara, 14 November 2019.
 Lettieri - Emotional experience timecourse explains brain connectivity dynamics during naturalistic stimulation. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Rome, 9-13 June 2019. OHBM Merit Award.
 Lettieri - Emotions induced by naturalistic stimuli explain right hemisphere activity in an independent sample. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore, 17-21 June 2018.
Claudio Gentili - Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
Ioana Alina Cristea - Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy)
Francesca Garbarini - Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
Marco Viola - Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
Rosalba Morese - Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland)
Valentina Petrolini - University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Olivier Collignon - Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)