The Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of Queensland was founded in 2007 by Dr. Eric Vanman. The lab uses multiple physiological measures in a variety of research paradigms.  Among the measures used recently include facial electromyography (EMG), heart rate, eye tracking, fMRI, salivary cortisol, and salivary testosterone.

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Some Ongoing Research Projects Include

  • Facebook Use
  • Crying and Tears
  • The Psychology of "New"
  • Intergroup Schadenfreude
  • Hormones and Prejudice
  • The Perception of Emotion
  • Perceptions of Intergroup Trust
  • Obesity and Prejudice
  • Self-Regulation and Restoration
  • Aging and Empathy
  • Music and Emotional Regulation
  • Collective Guilt

Recent Presentations and Publications 

(bold indicates a current or past member of the lab)

1.     Molenberghs, P., Halász, V., Mattingley, J., Vanman, E.J., & Cunnington, R. (2013).  Seeing is believing: Neural mechanisms of action perception are biased by team membership.  Human Brain Mapping, 34, 2055-2068.

2.     Owren, M., Philipp, M., Vanman, E., Trivedi, N., Schulman, A., & Bachorowski, J. (2013). Understanding spontaneous human laughter. In E. Altennmüller, S. Schmidt, & E. Zimmerman (Eds.), Evolution of emotional communication: From sounds in nonhuman mammals to speech and music in man (pp. 175-190). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

3.     Milston, S. I., Vanman, E. J., & Cunnington, R. (2013). Cognitive empathy and motor activity during observed actions. Neuropsychologia, 51(6), 1103-1108.

4.     Stewart, T. L., Amoss, R. T., Wiener, B. A., Elliott, L. A., Parrott, D. J., Peacock, C. M., & Vanman, E. J. (2013). The psychophysiology of social action: Facial electromyographic responses to stigmatized groups predict anti-discrimination action. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35(5), 418-425.

5.     Vartanian, L. R., Thomas, M. A., & Vanman, E. J. (2013). Disgust, contempt, and anger and the stereotypes of obese people. Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 18(4), 377-382.

6.     Vanman, E. J., Ryan, J. P., Pedersen, W. C., & Ito, T. A. (2013). Probing prejudice with startle eyeblink modification: A marker of attention, emotion or both? International Journal of Psychological Research, 6, 30-41.

7.     Iyer, A., Webster, J., Hornsey, M. J., & Vanman, E. J. (2014). Understanding the power of the picture: The effect of image content on emotional and political responses to terrorism. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44, 511-521.

8.     Tobin, S. J., Vanman, E. J., Verreynne, M., & Sari, A. (2015). Satisfying your belonging needs on Facebook: The importance of sharing information and receiving a response from others. Social Influence, 10(1), 31-42. doi: 10.1080/15534510.2014.893924

9.     Iyer, A., Hornsey, M., Vanman, E., Esposo, S., & Ale, S. (2015). Fight and flight: Evidence of aggressive capitulation in the face of fear messages from terrorists. Political Psychology, 36(6), 631-648. doi:10.1111/pops.12182

10.  Sharman, L., & Dingle, G. A. (2015). Extreme metal music and anger processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 272. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00272

11.  Loftus, A. M., Yalcin, O., Baughman, F., Vanman, E., & Hagger, M. S. (in press). The impact of transcranial direct current stimulation on inhibitory control in young adults. Brain and Behavior. (accepted 9 February 2015).

12.  Grainger, S. A., Henry, J. D., Phillips, L. H., Vanman, E. J., & Allen, R. (in press). Age deficits in facial affect recognition: The influence of dynamic cues. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. (accepted 10 October 2015).

13.  Vartanian, L. R., Trewartha, T., & Vanman, E. J. (in press). Disgust predicts prejudice and discrimination toward individuals with obesity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology (accepted 30 October 2015).

14.  Tassinary, L.G., Cacioppo, J.T., & Vanman, E.J. (in press).  The somatic system. J.T. Cacioppo, L.G. Tassinary, & G.G. Berntson (Eds.), Handbook of Psychophysiology (4th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.