The general aim of our research is to better understand how emotional information is transmitted, learned and regulated in social situations. We are particularly interested in the neural mechanisms underlying responses to threat, aversions, and safety, and how these processes interact with social cognition to produce behavior.

Our research is motivated by a functional-evolutionary perspective, drawing on theory and methods from several disciplines, including cognitive neuroscience, psychophysiology, social psychology, and learning theory.

Research projects

  • Basic mechanisms of learning threat and safety (extinction)
  • Social (e.g. vicarious and instructed) learning
  • Social interaction and decision-making
  • Impact of social cognition on emotional learning
  • Development of experimental models of real world learning and psychological treatments

Contact us

Andreas Olsson

K8 Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Content reviewer:
Felicia Lind