Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Empathy Building Neuro-lab

Empathy is a multifaceted and elusive phenomenon. Our multi-national lab investigates empathy by using tools from neuroscience, social psychology, virtual-reality, philosophy and arts. Below you will find illustrations of the work we do:
lab photo
During our (still virtual) yearly Midsummer celebration!
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Social brain. The figure on the right illustrates an example of the kind of work we do: (1) we create semi-realistic simulations of social situations (by virtual-reality, for example), and then (2) implement advanced neuroimaging in order to analyze and interpret the induced (& complex) brain patterns.

neurophenomenology

Neurophenomenology. In the lab, we are much inspired by Francisco Varela who coined the term neurophenomenology: an ambitious proposal to bridge the gap between physiological features of the mind (i.e., neuro) and the subjective experience (i.e., phenomenology). In collaboration with the phenomenologist Dr. Oren Bader, we examine the way that neural mechanisms relate to subjective-experience in the social world. More information can be found in our theoretical framework on empathy [Levy J, Bader O (2020) - c.f. illustration on the right] as well as our recent empirical support [Zebarjadi et al., (In press)].

 

vr

VR. In the lab, we use study the impact of VR interventions. As part of a collaborative virtual-reality (VR) production which I (Yoni Levy) am happy to be part of, we created an intense (staged) encounter between Israeli soldiers & Palestinian passengers. 
To have the Palestinian perspective, press here
To have the Israeli perspective, press here
N.B., for an immersive look you will need VR headsets or cardboard etc.
Currently we study the impact of this VR intervention on neural, phenomenological and behavioral representations, and whether it can promote conflict reduction. 
 

Lab Director

 Jonathan (Yoni) Levy

Jonathan (Yoni) Levy

Academy Fellow (Aalto uni.) & Assistant Professor (IDC Herzliya)

Members

 Niloufar Zebarjadi

Niloufar Zebarjadi

Doctoral candidate (Aalto uni.) | empathy, neurodevelopment, intergroup relations
 Annika Kluge

Annika Kluge

Doctoral candidate (Aalto uni. & IDC Herzliya) | humor, interventions, intergroup relations
 Eli Adler

Eli Adler

Doctoral candidate (The Hebrew uni. of Jerusalem & Aalto uni.) | interventions, intergroup relations, politics, media, empathy.
 Elise Turk

Elise Turk

Postdoctoral fellow (Tilburg uni.) | neurodevelopment, neural synchrony, hyperscanning
 Mirja Inkinen

Mirja Inkinen

Masters student (Uni. of Helsinki) | phenomenology, intergroup relations, empathy
 Annika Hautala

Annika Hautala

Summer intern
 Iida Hakulinen

Iida Hakulinen

Summer intern
 Yarden Marom

Yarden Marom

Research assistant
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