A Social Neuroscience Perspective on Social Interaction at the Workplace


„Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.“
Marie Curie


The university workplace reflects an increasingly diverse and global society. As employee, colleague, supervisor, and/or leader you are embedded in social structures and the success of your daily work depends significantly on constructive social interaction within those social structures. Scientific evidence from various fields aims at explaining constructive and destructive social interaction. An interdisciplinary approach including psychological, cognitive, and neurophysiological research can deepen our understanding of how humans interact in organisations and, therewith, broaden our horizons on how to optimise our own workplace-behavior towards others.

In this workshop, we will communicate basic knowledge on how interdisciplinary perspectives on social interaction, i.e. empirical knowledge in the field of social neuroscience, can shape your vision of team interaction and leadership. We will transfer this knowledge to your everyday social interaction at the workplace.



In this course we will focus on the basic working principles of the brain and on how the most common neuroscientific methods work. Furthermore, we will highlight empirical answers to prominent questions in social neuroscience. We will, for instance, address topics including the neural basis of social pain, the neural mechanisms underlying effective team work and decision making, and the neuroscience of impulse control. Impulses by the instructor will be interleaved with opportunities to ask questions and discuss the topics at hand. Thereby, a specific focus will lie on the transfer of empirical knowledge in social neuroscience to everyday social interaction at the workplace. Note: Participants with advanced knowledge on cognitive and social neuroscience might profit from a more advanced course; please do not hesitate to contact the instructor in case of doubt.

Your take away

  • You will be acquainted with basic brain anatomy and basic neuroscientific methodology.
  • You will receive a compact overview of current scientific results in the field of social neuroscience.
  • You will get novel impulses on how to think about social interaction in your daily work life from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • You will be able to better understand and evaluate further neuroscientific evidence conveyed by scientific outlets or general media.
  • You will have the opportunity to discuss your questions on social interaction and neuroscience with experts.


Seminar date

9:00 am - 15:00 pm
Room Z534

The instructors
Dr. Franziska Emmerling
Jakub Cichor, M.Sc.



Please register by using the online registration form.