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Group leader: David Sander

Group name: Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion

Affiliation: Psychology

Research activities:

image The research program consists in investigating appraisal processes in emotion, and their effects on attention and memory, using the experimental approaches of cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. This line of research brings together behavioral data as well as brain imaging data from healthy subjects and brain-damaged patients in order to better understand the emotional response to relevant visual, auditory, or olfactory stimuli. In particular, we test the computational profile of the human amygdala in order to constrain psychological models of emotion.

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

Selected Publications:

  • Cristinzio, C., N'Diaye, K., Seeck, M, Vuilleumier, P., & Sander, D. (2010). Integration of gaze direction and facial expression in patients with unilateral amygdala damage.. Brain, 133, 248-261.
  • Sander, D., Grandjean, D., Pourtois, G., Schwartz, S., Seghier, M., Scherer, K.R., & Vuilleumier, P. (2005). Emotion and Attention Interactions in Social Cognition: Brain Regions Involved in Processing Anger Prosody. NeuroImage, 28(4), 848-858.
  • Sander, D., Grafman, J., & Zalla, T. (2003). The Human Amygdala: an Evolved System for Relevance Detection. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 14(4), 303-316.

Laboratory for the study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression (E3 Lab)
Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences
Email: David (dot) Sander (at) unige (dot) ch