European Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience
The European Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience gathers scientists dedicated to promoting the field of social and affective neuroscience in Europe and beyond, and offers a platform to share and critically discuss scientific ideas and methods, to combine knowledge and experience, to improve the quality of research and models, and to establish lasting collaborations in a cooperative environment.


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.

Mailing list and free membership

If you subscribe to the ESSAN mailing list, you will receive announcements about upcoming conferences or workshops on social and affective neuroscience in Europe and elsewhere. You automatically also become member of the ESSAN society, at no cost!

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

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Elections for the board 2021-2022

We received 54 valid votes for the election of the 4 new ESSAN board members (after removing multiple votes by the same persons; and votes from non-members who could not be identified, even when searched manually by first or full name, or parts of it). 

The result in alphabetical order:

Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn (UK)
Jan Engelmann (Netherlands)
Carolina Pletti (Germany)
Isabella Wagner (Austria)

We welcome these candidates as new ESSAN board members. All the elected candidates promised a very active contribution to the society, so the future of ESSAN is in good hands. 

We warmly thank the board members who step down for their contribution to and advancement of ESSAN in the previous years, and for their friendship during that time.

The members who stay in the ESSAN board are:

Henryck Bukowski
Lasana Harris
Grit Hein
Claus Lamm
Susanne Quadflieg
Frank Van Overwalle, president 

Brain and body


ESSAN fosters social and affective neuroscience at the European scientific forum, and communication between researchers at the senior and junior level. Currently, ESSAN is linked to two parent organizations:

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.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Department of Psychology
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