The Social Cognition team aims to produce a comprehensive view of the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the emergence of adaptive decisions in response to socio-emotional signals and to apply those insights to societal issues.

The team combines several research domains that have made rapid yet relatively independent progress – socio-affective neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and decision-making - and capitalizes on complementary methodologies to address specific aspects of our research questions. Specifically, we rely on behavioral measures and theoretical decision-models along with neuroimaging techniques, such as electroencephalography (EEG). We also collect data on diverse populations in the lab, online on large databases, and in clinical settings.

The team is currently funded by INSERM, FRM, ENS and Roger de Spoelberch Fondation. Moreover, the team has received the label "FRM team" (10/2016-10/2019) for the project « Adaptive anxiety: a call to action. »

Selected publications 

Mell, H., Safra, L., Algan, Y., Baumard, N., & Chevallier, C. (in press). Childhood Environmental Harshness Predicts Coordinated Health and Reproductive Strategies: A Cross-sectional Study Of A Nationally Representative (France) Sample. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Safra, L., Algan, Y., Tecu, T., Grèzes, J., Baumard, N., & Chevallier, C. (2017). Childhood harshness predicts long-lasting leader preferences. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Gamond L, Vilarem E, Safra L, Conty L & Grèzes J. Minimal group membership biases early neural processing of emotional expressions. European Journal of Neuroscience (in press).

El Zein M, Wyart V, Grèzes J (2015) Anxiety dissociates the adpative functions of sensory and motor response enhancements to social threats. Elife,  4:e10274.