Université de Genève

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Group leader: Didier Grandjean

Group name: Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics

Affiliation: Psychology

Research activities:

The research topics of the scientists of the NEAD lab include the psychological and neuronal processes involved in emotion and the affective dynamics related to different kinds of auditory, olfactory, and visual stimuli. How the human mind is able to build up a verbally accessible representation of emotion from an auditory stimulus and which kinds of brain processes are involved in this capacity is one of the major axes in our research. The mechanisms of the relationships between brain areas subserving various psychological sub-processes related to emotion are studied using different kinds of brain imaging, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and human intracranial recordings. Studies about the effects of brain damages are also conducted in our lab in collaboration with the Geneva hospital university. Different clinical syndromes, such as depression, Parkinson disease and anxiety disorders, are also investigated in order to better understand how emotion interacts with cognitive functions such as attention and inhibition. The specificity of multimodal integration in affective phenomena and the processes related to the elicitation of emotion through music are also important topics of research conducted in the NEAD lab.

Group website: http://www.unige.ch/fapse/neuroemo/

Selected Publications:

  • Grandjean, D., Sander, D., Pourtois, G., Schwartz, S., Seghier, M., Scherer, K.R., & Vuilleumier, P. (2005). The Voices of Wrath: Brain responses to angry prosody in meaningless speech. Nature Neuroscience, 8(2), 145-146.
  • Grandjean, D. & Scherer, K.R. (2008). Unpacking the Cognitive Architecture of Emotion Processes. Emotion, 8(3), 341-351.
  • Grandjean, D., Sander, D., & Scherer, K.R. (2008). Conscious emotional experience emerges as a function of multilevel, appraisal-driven response synchronization. Consciousness and Cognition, 17(2), 484-495.

Contact:
Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics Lab
Faculté de Psychologie et des Sciences de l'Education
and
Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences
Email: Didier (dot) Grandjean (at) unige (dot) ch