European Social and Affective Neuroscience

Welcome to everyone interested in the frontier research at the intersection of neuroscience and social and affective psychology.

The last decade has witnessed an upsurge of social neuroscientific approaches exploring the social and emotional aspects of the human mind and human behavior by applying novel neuroimaging techniques. Researchers from various areas including psychologists, neuroscientists, and other sciences who explore the area of social and affective behavior, and using neuroscience techniques are invited to joint our common efforts to explore this new neuroscientific approach aimed at increasing our understanding of social and affective cognition.



At the end of the 2015 Small Group Meeting on Social Neuroscience in Graz (Austria) discussing the contribution of social neuroscience on social psychology, it was decided to reactivate the ESAN initiative.

1. It is important to have a unique place, name and identity for social and affective neuroscience at the European scientific forum, and to foster communication between researchers at the senior and junior level. Currently, ESAN is linked to two parent organizations. The aim is to organize symposia, pre-conferences and small group meetings, together with these parent organizations or independently. The parent organizations are:

- European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) which supports many small groups meetings and was founded in 1966,

- European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) recently founded in 2009.

2. A group of young and senior researchers stepped forward to put together a new board that will organize several initiatives (e.g., meetings). Below you can read the current members' names.

3. As first new initiative, we warmly encourage social and affective neuroscience researchers to contribute to the next ESCAN meeting in Porto (23-26 June 2016; Portugal) by submitting proposals for symposia (deadline is 18 December 2015). In addition, we will also have an ESAN meeting to discuss further initiatives and to invite others/you to join.


Mailing list

If you subscribe to the ESAN mailing list, you will receive announcements about upcoming conferences or workshops on social and affective neuroscience in Europe and elsewhere.

Moreover, if you have questions or announcements that are of general interest, please mail them to the ESAN mailing list.

1.  To receive all messages from the ESAN mailing list, first register by sending a prepared mail message (after your mailing program opened, simply click on send).

2.  Now you can send your own announcements and questions to the ESAN mailing list by sending a message to

3.  You can remove yourself at any time from the ESAN mailing list by sending a prepared mail message (after your mailing program opened, click on send).


Past Meetings



9-11 September 2015: Small Group Meeting on Social Neuroscience in Graz, Austria

28 August 2013: Pre-conference: "Does social neuroscience contribute to social cognition" at the ESCON Meeting 2013

24-28 June 2013: 3rd European Social and Affective Neuroscience Workshop

14 November 2011: Symposium on the Social Brain hosted by the Royal Academy in Brussels, Belgium.

15-18 November 2011: 2nd European Social Neuroscience Workshop held in Ghent - Belgium.

21-25 June 2010: 1st European Social Neuroscience Workshop held in Ghent - Belgium

May 22 25, 2008: Expert Meeting: Social Neuroscience approach to Social Cognition was held in Ghent, Belgium





Board Members

Van Overwalle, Frank (president, Belgium)
Kedia, Gayannée (vice-president; Graz, Austria)

Harris, Lasana (London, U.K.)
Lamm, Claus (Vienna, Austria)
Lelieveld, Gert-Jan (Leiden, Netherlands)
Quadflieg, Susanne (Bristol, U.K.)
Van Dillen, Lotte (Leiden, Netherlands)
De Dreu, Carsten (Liason for EASP)

New candidates are welcome and can always mail to


Founding Members

Van Overwalle, Frank (Belgium)
Brass, Marcel (Belgium)
Samson, Dana (Belgium)
D'Argembeau, Arnaud (Belgium)
Achtziger, Anja (Germany)
Tomelleri, Silvia (Italy)
Apperly, Ian (UK, England)
Blackwood, Nigel (UK, England)
Dumontheil, Iroise (UK, England)
Gilbert, Sam (UK, England)
Mobbs, Dean (UK, England)
Macrae, Neil (UK, Scottland)
Turk, David(UK, Scottland)



Frank Van Overwalle
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Department of Psychology
Pleinlaan 2
B - 1050 Brussel
phone : + 32-2-629 25 18
fax : + 32-2-629 24 89