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Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience

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Scientic Supervisor / Contact Person

Name and Surname
Stephan Moratti

Localization & Research Area

Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Research Area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC), Life Sciences (LIF)

MSCA & ERC experience

Research group / research team hosted any MSCA fellow?
Research group / research team have any ERC beneficiaries?

Research Team & Research Topic

Research Team / Research Group Name (if any)
Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
Website of the Research team / Research Group / Department
Brief description of the Research Team / Research Group / Department
In our group we investigate how emotions and fear learning changes the neural representation of stimuli in primary and higher order sensory cortices. Thereby, we use Magnetoencefalography (MEG) and Electroencephalography (EEG) in order to record neural activity during emotional stimulation or fear learning procedures in humans. We assess neural activity by analyzing neuromagnetic (MEG) or electrocortical responses in the time and time-frequency domain and apply state-of-the-art cortical localization techniques. We also apply connectivity measures if indicated. We also measure autonomic changes such as skin conductance responses and heart rate changes during fear learning and emotional stimulation and relate them to central nervous system activity. Researchers that will work in our group should be able to use the Matlab environment for data analysis (Brainstorm, Fieldtrip, SPM) and experimental control (Psychtoolbox). Further, researchers should be proficient in statistics (SPSS, R).
Research lines / projects proposed
- Affective Neuroscience
- Fear conditioning
- Autonomic responses (SCR, HR, HRV)
- Oscillatory brain responses
- Connectivity

Application requirements

Professional Experience & Documents
Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Psychology, Neurosciences, Cognitive sciences, or related fields. We expect good knowledge in Matlab programming and utilization of toolboxes (Fieldtrip, Brainstorm, SPM, Psychtoolbox) or similar knowledge. Further, proficiency in statistics is required (SPSS, R, or similar). The applicant should speak and write fluently English.
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