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 - 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.
 Lettieri - Brain connectivity of right temporo-parietal and frontal regions reflects dynamic properties of the affective experience. Consortium of European Research on Emotion, Granada, 5-6 June 2020. (Rescheduled because of COVID-19).
 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 - Perceived emotional experience explains brain activity elicited by an emotionally-charged movie in an independent sample. Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Turin, 15-17 November 2018. Best Oral Presentation.
 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)
Olivier Collignon - Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)