Welcome to the Human Emotion Systems laboratory at Turku PET Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Turku. Our goal is to unravel the neurochemical and functional mechanisms that support human emotions, as well as their dysfunction in different psychiatric and neurological disorders. Our particular interst is in the endogenous opioid, dopamine and endocannabinoid systems. To map the brain basis of emotions, we combine state-of-the-art nuclear medicine imaging with advanced singnal analysis and modern clinical psychology. We measure brain function with PET and MRI, but do also behavioural work using e.g. eye tracking. The laboratory is currently funded by the Academy of Finland, the European Research Council, and the Sigrid Juselius Foundation. Our group is led by Lauri Nummenmaa.
“You must always strive to be the best, but you must never believe that you are.”
—Juan Manuel Fangio