Welcome to the homepage of our research group headed by Christoph W. Korn at Heidelberg University, Germany (Section Social Neuroscience, Department of General Adult Psychiatry).

We are investigating the Decision Neuroscience of Human Interactions with the goal to address the following broad questions:

How do humans make social decisions?
How do they learn about each other?
What are the neural underpinnings of such decision-making and learning processes?
How can we devise computational models?
How do these processes differ in individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders?
How can we develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools?

Our research projects combine computational modeling of behavioral data, model-based and multivariate analyses of fMRI data, pupillometry, evolutionary game theory, virtual reality, etc. We are strongly committed to open science (e.g., sharing data/code and preregistering our studies).

The group is funded to a large degree by an Emmy Noether research grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and started at the Institute of Systems Neuroscience (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE, Hamburg, Germany).



Mark the date for a local and virtual “Social Event” on 17.09.2021 with presentations by the students, a talk by Christoph, and a get-together. See this invitation for details.

A new article got accepted: Doppelhofer LM, Hurlemann R, Bach DR, Korn CW (2021) Social motives in a patient with bilateral selective amygdala lesions: Shift in prosocial motivation but not in social value orientation. Neuropsychologia PDF

A new article got accepted: Esser RKorn CW, Ganzer , Haaker J (2021) L-DOPA modulates activity in the vmPFC, nucleus accumbens and VTA during threat extinction learning in humans. eLife PDF

Welcome to Gabriela Rosenblau from George Washington University (Washington, DC) who joins the the group in September as a visiting scientist.

Happy to be involved in the online Summer School “Cognitive Modeling Academy Hamburg.