I am broadly interested in the underlying mechanisms that enable social cognition in humans. More specifically, I am intrigued by self and other differentiation that lie in the basis of empathic perception, in the abilities to understand or to feel as the other. To this end, I currently develop a study that aims to examine the relationship between Executive Functions (EF) and Empathy. In particular, I am interested in finding efficient and informative ways to capture an in-depth understanding of these inter-relations to better understand how empathic behavior, as well as cognitive resources, interact to influence how human act in different social situations.
My additional focus of interest is in assessing the dynamics and stability over time of various social cognitive processes under natural (as opposed to laboratory) settings. A long-term goal of mine is to establish assessment tools that can, on the one hand, help identify the specific brain circuits involved in social cognition deficiencies and, on the other hand, facilitate treating clinical patients suffering from those deficiencies.