SCoNe - Social Cognitive Neuroscience

International Summer School

July 15-26, 2013 at SISSA

Social Cognitive Neuroscience is an emerging field with an interdisciplinary vision on human behavior in social contexts. This perspective, built on confluence of neurological, cognitive, and social sciences, addresses fundamental questions about the interaction between the mind/brain and the social world.

July 15-26, 2013 at SISSA

SCoNe School Structure

Immersed in this intensive two-week program, participants will work alongside faculty members promoting theoretical and practical interactions. SCoNe School will be organized in two modules: Neuroscience of Social Information Processing (social judgment, empathy, stereotyping, prejudice, face perception and emotion), and Neuroscience of Reward (neurobehavioral mechanisms of appetitive motivation and reward, value-based decision making, and the rewarding value of social interaction).

Each one-week module will be organized in morning general-overview lectures and afternoon focused-tutorials on methods tied to social cognitive neuroscience.

Scientific Committee:

Raffaella Rumiati (SISSA), Francesco Foroni (SISSA, IT), Giuseppe di Pellegrino (Bologna University, IT) and Stefano Cappa (HSR, IT)


David Amodio (NYU, USA), Enrico Balli (Sissa Medialab, IT), Stefano Cappa (HSR, IT) Giuseppe di Pellegrino (Bologna University, IT), Carlo Miniussi (Fatebenefratelli Medical Hospital, IT), Daniela Ovadia (Zoe, IT), David I. Perrett (St Andrews, UK), Elisabeth Phelps (NYU, USA), Aldo Rustichini (Minnesota University, USA; Cambridge University, UK), Raffaella Rumiati (SISSA, IT), Massimo Silvetti (Ghent University, BE)  Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge, UK)


Marilena Aiello(SISSA, Italy), Elisabetta Ambron (SISSA, Italy), Nicola Canessa (HSR, Italy), Andrea Carnaghi (Trieste University, IT), Claudia Civai (Minnesota University, USA), Corrado Corradi Dell'Acqua (Geneve University, CH), Francesco Foroni (SISSA, IT), Alessandro Grecucci (Trento University, IT), Liuba Papeo (Harvard University, USA; Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC, IT), Giulio Pergola (SISSA, IT), Dana Samson (Université Catholique de Louvain, BE), Giorgia Silani (SISSA, IT).

Twenty participants from all over the world will be selected among advanced-PhD students and junior postdocs.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete and send the application form and relevant documents (CV and letter of recomandation) by 5pm GMT, Friday 19th April to

Travel costs, accommodation costs and meals will be covered by the organizers.

Accepted applicants are requested to pay a registration fee of 400 € to cover part of the School's organization costs.

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Scholarship: As a final assignment of the Summer School participants will complete a research proposal. One "SISSA Best SCoNe Project" award will be given to the best research proposal supporting the costs of realization of the project at SISSA.

For more information please contact the organizing committee at

Organizing Committee:

Raffaella Rumiati, Francesco Foroni, Paola Mengotti, Fabrizio Pizzagalli, Giorgia Silani, Marilena Aiello, Elisabetta Ambron.


Philips, European Brain and Behavior Society, Italian Association of Psychology (AIP-sezione di psicologia sociale), International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)