This line of research focuses on empathy and simulative processes, and on their neural underpinnings. The main interest is on how observer’s and target’s characteristics may modulate these processes. These “variables” include emotional facial expressions, perceived trustworthiness, group membership, humanity attribution and individual characteristics along with contextual cues in both normative and clinical adult populations. Preferential methods to study these aspects of empathy and simulative processes are techniques with high temporal resolution, such as the EEG and ERP as our main interest is to unravel the time-course of these processes. We are also planning to use hyperscanning (co-registration of brain activity from two or more interacting individuals) to study these same processes in a more ecological and potentially informative setting.
So far, we have been collaborating on these projects with Shihui Han (Peking University, China), Jeroen Vaes (Università di Trento), Pierre Jolicoeur (University of Montreal, Canada) and Jeorge Armony (McGill University, Canada).
At the present, we are planning new collaborations with colleagues expert on theory and methodology relative to hyperscanning, such as Lauri Parkkonen (Aalto University, Finland) and Ivana Konvalinka (University of Denmark, Denmark).